To be sure, flying horses comes with its own challenges.
But it’s not so different from what their human partners will experience.“Just like a human that flies — some people like it, some people don’t,” said Richard Picken, who had a business flying horses for more than a decade.
In 1896, they were restored in Athens, Greece; but the first four revived Olympics did not include equine competition.
In 1912 in Stockholm, the horse once again became a part of Olympic competition through the vigorous efforts of Count Clarence von Rosen.
A singer/songwriter, she has starred in her own stage musical, written a book and campaigned for guide dog awareness -- but she's most at home on a horse. It's magical," the 40-year-old tells CNN's Human to Hero series.
From 1889 through 1907 he was considered the most popular jockey in the country, winning 44 races in 132 starts.
Not only was Count von Rosen instrumental in re-establishing equestrian events in the Olympics, he was also a participant in the 1912 games, and served as a member of the international jury for equestrian competition in the 1924, 1932, and 1936.
Cornelissen shared her reasoning behind the move on Facebook, explaining that she felt she made the right decision, given Parzival's worrying condition."I had decided yesterday I was not going to compete, but now the temperature was back to normal, he looked fit, was eating and drinking good, I also didn't want to let the team down," she wrote.
"In the back of my mind knowing we had no reserve combination here..... " "I slept at the stables, checking up on Parzi every hour. "After discussing Parzival's health with several vets, the team coach and the Fédération Equestre Internationale vets, she was given the green light to compete."We decided I would give it a try," she wrote.