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South African equestrian Victoria Scott-Legendre almost did not make it to the Tokyo Olympics, not because of a lack of talent, but money — the elephant in a room full of horses at the Games’ most expensive sport.

The Olympic organizers pay to fly in the hundreds of horses competing in the Games, but it’s up to the athletes to cough up the money for grooms, animal feed, airport accommodation and veterinarians for the horses.

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