Sweden Takes Olympic Gold in Team Showjumping after Nail Biting Jump Off

Swedish Team wins Olympic Gold

Sweden topped the US to take the Team Gold in Show Jumping after a nail biting jump off. It was the first gold medal for the team after a drought of 97 years, and the medal was well deserved. Henrik von Eckermann with King Edward, Malin Baryard-Johnson and Indiana and Peder Fredricson with All In […]

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Ben Maher and Explosion W Win Olympic Gold

The aptly named Explosion carried Ben Maher to the individual gold medal in show jumping. I swear that horse has wings because the fences were enormous. They made the eventing show jumping fences look small. The fences started out at 1.55 m and went as high as 1.62 meters with spreads as wide as 1.75 […]

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Andy Kocher Claims Electric Device was a “Clicker”

Andy Kocher

A year ago, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) accused show jumper Andy Kocher of using “electric spurs” on his horses. In April, Kocher was suspended by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal for 10 years, fined and forfeited winnings from eight competitions where photographic evidence showed signs of the cables running up his breeches — […]

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Eric Lamaze “Unbridled”

Eric Lamaze Unbridled

The online show “Unbridled” promises to deliver an uncensored look at the lives and opinions of show jumping’s biggest stars. They sure started with a doozy. Canadian show jumperEric Lamaze’s life story reads more like a novel — a talented equestrian who rose from humble beginnings (he never knew his father; his mother was involved […]

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US Team Rider Accused of Using Electric Spurs

Andy Kocher accused of using electric spurs

Who knew electric spurs — which deliver a zap to the horse when a rider pushes a button — were even something you could buy? A while back I posted about “electric jockeys” who use “buzzers” or “machines” to shock their mounts. Now, American show jumper Andy Kocher is accused of using shock spurs on […]

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Watch the Devon Horse Show Live Stream

When I was in college in Pennsylvania, and for several years after, attending the Devon Horse Show was an annual pilgrimmage, with the Thursday night Devon Grand Prix, the highlight of the week. About an hour ago I discovered you can watch the Devon Horse Show on the USEF Livestream. For free. Watching the jumpers […]

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Nick Skelton on Lastic Jumping 7’7″

Nick Skelton's high Jump Record 7'10" (2metres 32) in 1979

Some of the greatest jumping achievements are still standing the test of time In 1978, when just 21 year old, Nick Skelton and Everest Lastic cleared seven feet, seven and five sixteenths of an inch – the British High Jump record that still stands today. This type of high jump pre-dates the Puissance wall that […]

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The Quest for Gold – But at What Price?

Arguably, the Gold Medal won by the US Show Jumping Team at the recent World Equestrian Games is a huge success. After all, it’s the first time the team has ever won gold in this competition and it had the added bonus of being on home turf. I would be a lot more proud of […]

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