Charlotte Dujardin wins Britain’s First Individual Gold Medal

Charlotte Dujardin, 27, who only started to ride at the Grand Prix level of dressage in January 2011, has done two extraordinary things: she has one Great Britain’s first individual Gold dressage medal and she did it wearing a helmet rather than a top hat. She saves her top hat for unmounted ceremonies. After Courtney […]

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For Mary King fans

I am a huge Mary King fan. She is both a great ride and a class act. At age 11 Mary King decided she wanted to be a professional 3-day event rider. And now 40 years later she shows no signs of slowing down. King has ridden in five Olympics,¬†she has won six team World […]

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Olympic update: show jumping

If you had asked me before the Olympics which team would be in the lead after day 2 of Show Jumping, I would have probably hoped for the U.S. and guessed Germany. Saudi Arabia was not on my radar screen, but they are, quite deservedly, in first place with excellent rides by all four riders. […]

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Oldest Athlete at Olympic games is an equestrian

Hiroshi Hoketsu, who will represent Japan in dressage at the London Olympics, is 71 years old. Unlike many sports, equestrianism offers the opportunity for athletes to compete well beyond the expected age range of most Olympians. Sure, people say, the horse does all the work! While there is some truth to that, most of the […]

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The first jump is a friendly hedge

Enjoy the virtual course walk for the Olympic Cross-country track with course designer Sue Benson, courtesy of the Chronicle of the Horse. The optimum time is 10:02 and Benson predicts that just two riders may come in clean and within the time. The first two fences are described as “friendly” and “confidence building.” Not exactly […]

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Toytown takes offence at carrying Olympic Torch

There aren’t too many horses that react well when their rider is handed a burning torch — even if it is one of the Olympic variety — and Zara Phillips Toytown was no exception. He did recover his composure quickly (with some help from Princess Anne) and they looked great for the rest of the […]

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2012 Olympic Equestrian Events

July 28th marks the start of the 2012 Olympic Equestrian events — dressage, show jumping and eventing. If you’re looking to tune in, here’s what you need to know. Full schedule of Equestrian Events Photos of the Cross-Country Fences (courtesy of Horse and Hound) How to watch (Courtesy of Eventing Nation) Online Streaming If you’re […]

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