Three nations - Great Britain, Holland and Germany - broadly dominate the dressage competitions and their colours are regularly seen on the podium, but accurate predictions are far more difficult to make in jumping.
The end of the 1980s was marked by British omnipotence (nine medals from 1983 to 1989) and the turn of the century was dominated by the Germans (14 medals between 2001 and 2011).
These two countries remain pillars of the discipline - Britain were crowned Olympic champions last year and Germany European champions in 2011 - but a number of other nations have emerged as pretenders to their crowns.
The Netherlands - who won silver at the London Olympics - Switzerland, France and even Ireland are targeting at least a podium this year.
Individually, the fight for medals promises to be even tougher with any number of riders, regardless of their country's ability in the team event, capable of securing success.
Certainly that is the case for Spaniard Sergio Alvarez Moya who, barring a major surprise, will not be on the team podium.
Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, the European title holder, is in a similar situation.
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