Postcard: First Olympic Horses Arrive at Greenwich Park
The first horses have arrived at Greenwich Park, setting for the Olympic equestrian events at London 2012. First up: the equine athletes’ trunks of equipment must undergo the equivalent of the airport-style “mag and bag” checks done on every person attending the Olympic Games. This has been done for the first 75 of 219 Olympic horses that have been through the specially constructed Equine Staging Facility (ESF) at Greenwich University over the past two days and all are now settled into their temporary new home by this evening.
The stables, which are the equine equivalent of the Athletes Village in the Olympic Park, are all raised off the ground to protect the Greenwich Park grassland; there are 200 stable units in total, each one measuring 3.5×4 metres.
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