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Overview of the Games

This summer sees the best equestrian athletes in the world descend on the French capital for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We've rounded up everything you need to know ahead of the start of competition. 

Key olympic dates

  • 17 April – 100 days to go
  • 6 June – 50 days to go
  • 26 July – Opening Ceremony
  • 27 July – Eventing: dressage phase
  • 28 July – Eventing: cross-country phase
  • 29 July – Eventing: showjumping phase and medal ceremony
  • 30–31 July – Dressage: Grand Prix
  • 1 August – Jumping: team qualifier
  • 2 August – Jumping: team final and medal ceremony
  • 3 August – Dressage: Grand Prix Special and team medal ceremony
  • 4 August – Dressage: Grand Prix Freestyle and individual medal ceremony
  • 5 August – Jumping: individual qualifier
  • 6 August – Jumping: individual final
  • 11 August – Closing Ceremony

Key Paralympic Dates

  • 20 May – 100 days to go
  • 9 July – 50 days to go
  • 28 August – Opening Ceremony
  • 3–4 September – Individual tests and medal ceremonies
  • 6 September –Team tests and medal ceremony 
  • 7 September – Freestyle tests and medal ceremonies 
  • 8 September – Closing Ceremony

Competition structure

Find out more about each of the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines and how their competitions run by clicking the official pictograms below. 


All equestrian competition will take place against the backdrop of the iconic Palace of Versailles, which was constructed in the 1660s and become the home of King Louis XIV’s court in 1682. The former royal residence and its grounds were named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 for its status as a centre of power, art and science in France during the 17th and 18th centuries.

A temporary arena and grandstand seating for up to 40,000 spectators will be built in the Etoile Royale, an esplanade that sits west of the Grand Canal in the grounds of the palace. The cross-country course will run through the woods near the Grand Canal and includes a pontoon crossing of the waterway as part of its track.


Just as they did for Tokyo 2020, Eurosport holds the TV and multi-platform rights package for the 2024 Olympic Games in 50 countries across Europe, including the UK. Coverage will include a mix of free-to-air and subscription viewing of all competition across Eurosport platforms and the Discovery+ streaming service.

BBC Sport has confirmed that it will continue to offer live and on-demand coverage of the Olympic Games. Their rights package will include two simultaneous livestreams, as well as a daily highlights programme, digital clips of the top action, and coverage on Radio 5 Live.

Channel 4 has again secured rights to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The multi-platform offering will build on the offerings for London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, and will include live coverage, daily highlight shows, digital clips and additional content.


Tickets for the Olympic equestrian events are no longer available, but there are still some Paralympic tickets available for the individual and team competitions. You can purchase these through the Paris 2024 ticketing portal

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