Equestrian Beauties

The most pampered athletes at the London Games are not the human kind. Horses competing in the equestrian events are getting the 5-star treatment. -- By Paul Martella

AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 05: Marco Kutscher of Germany and his horse Cornet Obolensky compete in the Mercedes-Benz Price team jumping competition during day three of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 5, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Chio 2012 - Day 3
AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 05: Marco Kutscher of Germany and his horse Cornet Obolensky compete in the Mercedes-Benz Price team jumping competition during day three of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 5, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
SALISBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Runners wait in the stables before going to the parade ring at Salisbury racecourse on June 07, 2011 in Salisbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
Salisbury Races
SALISBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Runners wait in the stables before going to the parade ring at Salisbury racecourse on June 07, 2011 in Salisbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 20: Torben Koehlbrandt of Germany and C-Trenton Z compete in the 83rd German Jumping Derby during day four of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 20, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 - Day 4
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 20: Torben Koehlbrandt of Germany and C-Trenton Z compete in the 83rd German Jumping Derby during day four of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 20, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 07: Laura Kraut of USA and her horse Teirra compete in the Prize of AachenMuenchener jumping competition during day five of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 7, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Chio 2012 - Day 5
AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 07: Laura Kraut of USA and her horse Teirra compete in the Prize of AachenMuenchener jumping competition during day five of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 7, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 18: Torben Koehlbrandt and C-Trenton Z compete in second qualification round of the DKB Riders Tour competition during day two of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 18, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 - Day 2
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 18: Torben Koehlbrandt and C-Trenton Z compete in second qualification round of the DKB Riders Tour competition during day two of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 18, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
WIESBADEN, GERMANY - MAY 28: Emanuele Gaudiano of Italy competes on his horse Cocoshynsky during the Grand Prix Special dressage competition at the 76th international horse show at whitsun on May 28, 2012 in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
76th International Horse Show At Whitsun
WIESBADEN, GERMANY - MAY 28: Emanuele Gaudiano of Italy competes on his horse Cocoshynsky during the Grand Prix Special dressage competition at the 76th international horse show at whitsun on May 28, 2012 in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 19: Gerco Schroeder of Netherlands and Eurocommerce London compete in the CSI5 Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Hamburg during day three of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 19, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 - Day 3
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 19: Gerco Schroeder of Netherlands and Eurocommerce London compete in the CSI5 Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Hamburg during day three of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 19, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 20: Torben Koehlbrandt of Germany and C-Trenton Z compete in the 83rd German Jumping Derby during day four of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 20, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 - Day 4
HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 20: Torben Koehlbrandt of Germany and C-Trenton Z compete in the 83rd German Jumping Derby during day four of the German Jumping & Dressage Grand Prix 2012 at Klein Flottbek on May 20, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Black Caviar is led by Paddy Bell at Abington Place stables prior to the Royal Ascot race meeting on June 14, 2012 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Newmarket Gallops
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Black Caviar is led by Paddy Bell at Abington Place stables prior to the Royal Ascot race meeting on June 14, 2012 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
KRONBERG IM TAUNUS, GERMANY - JUNE 19: German dressage rider Matthias Alexander Rath poses with his horse Totilas during a portrait session on June 19, 2012 in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Matthias Alexander Rath & Totilas - Portrait Session
KRONBERG IM TAUNUS, GERMANY - JUNE 19: German dressage rider Matthias Alexander Rath poses with his horse Totilas during a portrait session on June 19, 2012 in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Horses are taken out of their stables to be inspected by potential buyers at the Tattersalls Bloodstock Auctioneers on October 6, 2011 in Newmarket, England. Tattersalls was founded in 1766 and is the oldest and largest Bloodstock Auctioneers in Europe. The October Yearling Sale, the biggest sale of the year, can produce bids of up to a million pounds for a horse. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
Tattersalls Horse Auctioneers
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Horses are taken out of their stables to be inspected by potential buyers at the Tattersalls Bloodstock Auctioneers on October 6, 2011 in Newmarket, England. Tattersalls was founded in 1766 and is the oldest and largest Bloodstock Auctioneers in Europe. The October Yearling Sale, the biggest sale of the year, can produce bids of up to a million pounds for a horse. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)
AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 07: Emily Baldwin of Great Britain and her horse Drivetime compete in the DHL Price Cross Country Test during day five of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 7, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Chio 2012 - Day 5
AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 07: Emily Baldwin of Great Britain and her horse Drivetime compete in the DHL Price Cross Country Test during day five of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 7, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
FOLKESTONE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: A runner is led back to the stables at Folkestone racecourse on November 15, 2011 in Folkestone, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Folkestone Races
FOLKESTONE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: A runner is led back to the stables at Folkestone racecourse on November 15, 2011 in Folkestone, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 08: Thomas Voss of Germany and his horse Carinjo 9 compete in the Rolex Grand Prix jumping competition during day six of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 8, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Chio 2012 - Day 6
AACHEN, GERMANY - JULY 08: Thomas Voss of Germany and his horse Carinjo 9 compete in the Rolex Grand Prix jumping competition during day six of the 2012 CHIO Aachen tournament on July 8, 2012 in Aachen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: World champion racehorse Big Brown is paraded at the Inglis Stables on August 16, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The American horse has earned four group 1 wins in his career including victory at the Kentucky Derby and will enter stud for the first time in Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
John Singleton Celebrates Arrival Of Champion Racehorse Big Brown
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 16: World champion racehorse Big Brown is paraded at the Inglis Stables on August 16, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The American horse has earned four group 1 wins in his career including victory at the Kentucky Derby and will enter stud for the first time in Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SHEPTON MALLET, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Masterminded in the stables on February 21, 2011 in Shepton Mallet, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Paul Nicholls Stable Visit
SHEPTON MALLET, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Masterminded in the stables on February 21, 2011 in Shepton Mallet, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A horse is groomed in the stables at Hyde Park Barracks on April 15, 2011 in London, England. Members of the Household Cavalry gave a behind the scenes tour of many of the duties performed as part of their daily routine, including special preparation ahead of the forthcoming Royal Wedding. The Household Cavalry will perform several ceremonial duties during the summer, including the Royal Wedding on April 29, and the Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) in June. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The Household Cavalry Prepare For The Royal Wedding
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A horse is groomed in the stables at Hyde Park Barracks on April 15, 2011 in London, England. Members of the Household Cavalry gave a behind the scenes tour of many of the duties performed as part of their daily routine, including special preparation ahead of the forthcoming Royal Wedding. The Household Cavalry will perform several ceremonial duties during the summer, including the Royal Wedding on April 29, and the Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) in June. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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