I’d been looking up where and how to watch the equestrian action from Rio and found myself zipping around multiple sources. I realized, if I found it complicated, I had an opportunity to write a blog post, aka “news you can use.”
Anyway, we have several options, cable TV (NBC Sports has access to LOTS of channels) and one of two channels of online streaming. There could be more, one that I missed, why I said “several.”
Looks like we have two online streaming channels for our favorite events. The NBC Sports website has a streaming schedule for all Olympic sports, so you’ll have to scroll down to find Equestrian.
Using the site is pretty intuitive, but if you’re having a caffeination balance issue, it can be a bit challenging. You’ll see a row of white and gold squares denoting each day of an equestrian event. A gold square is for a medal event.
Click on the square to see the start time, which streaming channel, and a brief headline of what to expect. You can even program reminders to be sent to you.
NBC owns a LOT of digital and cable properties, better to cover more Olympic events. From what I read on the article above, equestrian events fall under the “and more” category. C’est la vie.
This PDF from NBC and the USEF Network says NBC will cover equestrian Olympic events on regular NBC and the cable channels MSNBC and USA Network. Note the daytime hours on the PDF. You may want to DVR some.
The main live events — finals, dressage freestyle, medal events — will be covered live on NBC, but don’t be surprised if other things are happening at the same time and the coverage goes back and forth.
The Equestrian page on the NBC Olympics website contains stories you may enjoy..
If you want to geek out on all things regarding the US Equestrian team, here’s the media kit put together by the USEF. This one includes bios of the riders and their horses.
But what about the Whitney Handicap?
Usually, or lately, the big horse race on TV on the first Saturday in August is the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Recently, one of the NBC Sports properties has covered the Whitney, a race for older horses.
This year’s purse is $1.25 million. Horses who ran the Triple Crown races last year with American Pharoah, like Frosted, Effinex, and El Kabeir are slated on the card.
Fox Sports 2 will air the Whitney live from 5 to 6:30 pm EDT. The NYRA website has the full Saratoga-on-TV schedule. Fox Sports 2 has a lot of Saratoga racing this year.