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The 2012 London Olympic Show Jumping Competition gets underway in less than 48 hours, and today all 89 horses (including alternates) were presented to the ground jury for the Horse Inspection, better known as "the trot up" here in England.
Afternoon rainshowers cleared by 5pm local time, and the clouds broke to allow the sun to bounce off the backs of gleaming coats. Every horse was immpeccably turned out, with some literally shining as they trotted down the jog lane with all eyes on them:
Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo were perfectly mannered.
Rich Fellers was a little late to the party; he had to sprint across the stadium to catch up with his groom and horse, who was first of the USA to jog.
He even forgot his tall boots (!) It's ok, we're still going to cheer our hearts out for him.
Reed Kessler and Cylana
Antares was jogged by Lee McKeever, in order to avoid risking a strain to McLain Ward's recently healed knee. Lee wins best turned out of the U.S. riders!
McLain and George Morris watched from the sidelines.
Team USA alternate Charlie Jayne jogged Chill R Z, who appeared to have an itch on his head!
Current World Champions Phillippe le Jeune and Vigo D'Arsouilles were most photogenic.
Global Champions Tour overall leader Edwina Tops-Alexander is such a classy rider, but the Olympic uniform from Team Australia left something to be desired....
Rodrigo Pessoa was sporting a new super short haircut. He'll be riding HH Rebozo for Brazil.
Canadian team rookie Tiffany Foster was looking cool in her shades jogging Victor.
Eric Lamaze will be competing with Derly Chin de Muze to defend his 2008 Olympic Individual Gold Medal.
George was feeling really -really really- strong; he literally dragged Canadian Jill Henselwood to the jog lane.
Record-breaking Ian Millar was looking spry with Star Power.
Rising star Daniel Bluman won the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI5* in Wellington, FL in March, and will be making his Olympic debut as an individual for Colombia, with his mare Sancha La Silla.
Not every horse played it cool in the main stadium, as evidenced by Underwraps, with Tomas Couve Correa of Chile.
Being held at an Olympic jog is nervewracking; this Chilean horse passed upon reinspection.
Scott Brash of Great Britain spent the entire winter season in Wellingon, picking up several major grand prix wins while he was there.
Ben Maher's gorgeous Tripple X was feeling fresh today. They are a strong pair for Great Britain.
Big Star's groom jogged for Nick Skelton, who will be riding as a heavy hometown favorite for Great Britain.
Marcus Ehning displayed one of the flashier jog outfits, representing Germany.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum got a last minute send up to the German team after initially being named alternate with Bella Donna.
Ireland's Cian O'Connor will be competing as an individual with Blue Lloyd.
Saber Ahmad Hamcho is the only athlete in these Olympic Games representing Syria. Due to current events, his inclusion has caused some controversy in the mainstream press, but he has kept his head down and commented that he just wants to ride.
Japanese rider Taizo Sugitani cut a stunning figure with Avenzio. Taizo is coached by American Gold Medalist Peter Wylde.
HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud and Davos will jump for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Delphi, who first rose to fame with Kiwi rider Katie McVean, will carry Kamal Sahamdan for Saudi Arabia.
It will be interesting to see how 2010 WEG Individual Silver Medalist Abdullah al Sharbatly with Sultan.
Luciana Diaz of Portugal will be riding as an individual with Lennox.
FEI World Number One Rolf Goran Bengtsson of Sweden is a heavy favorite to medal at these Games with Casall.
Photos ©Erin Gilmore/ProEquest