#TheTeaFromTokyo: The Eventers Take a Spin in the Main Arena

It’s been a big day for our eventers out in Tokyo, because today was the first time they got the chance to ride in the extraordinary arena in which they’ll perform their dressage tests later this week. It’s also been a big day for EN, as our boots-on-the-ground reporter Sally Spickard arrived at the venue today, camera in tow, to document the action as it happened. You can check out her super photos and a round-up of her experience so far here, and then, keep on scrolling for a social media round-up full of the latest updates from Tokyo.

China’s Alex Hua Tian celebrated the first-ever eventing team for his country:

Australia’s Andrew Hoy enjoyed some dressage:

The USA’s Phillip Dutton shared an update on the weather:

Horse & Hound‘s editor Pippa Roome enjoyed a classic Tokyo sunset as she settled in to watch the familiarisation:

Photographer Shannon Brinkman captured that crazy sky from a different angle:

Doug Payne and Vandiver enjoyed a schooling session on the main stage:

Belgium’s Lara de Liedekerke-Meier enjoyed a session on her homebred, Alpaga d’Arville:

France’s Karim Laghouag and Triton Fontaine head into the ring for a schooling session after stepping into team duties, following the sad withdrawal of Tom Carlile and Birmane earlier today:

Phillip Dutton and Z get to work:

The Netherlands’ Merel Blom, one of two individual competitors for the country, puts The Quizmaster through his paces:

The formidable British team logs some miles in the arena:

Hong Kong’s Thomas Heffernan Ho and 20-year-old Tayberry take in the sights at their first Olympics:

US team reserves Tamie Smith and Mai Baum have been catching everyone’s attention since Aachen, and they continued to sparkle tonight: 

Poland’s Pawel Spisak prepares for his fifth Olympics:

The US team made early strides: 

India’s Fouaad Mirza got settled in with the gorgeous Seigneur Medicott, formerly a Bettina Hoy ride:

The Australian team nabbed an early slot in the ring: 

Commentator John Kyle managed a bit of sightseeing amongst all his hard work: 

Great Britain’s Laura Collett made use of the best photo op at the venue: 

…and the Kiwis had the same idea: 

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