The Colbert Report Sport of the Summer? Dressage!

I may be the last equestrian enthusiast around to have seen this video of Stephen Colbert’s commentary on dressage, but just in case you, like me, have been living under a rock, you must watch the clip. It is that funny. Not since Monty Python did their skit on men doing dressage has the sport […]

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Capsaicin Causes Trouble for Olympic Horses

Norway’s bronze medal in the Olympics is in jeopardy after Camiro, ridden by Tony Andre Hansen, and three other horses tested positive for Capsaicin. The other three horses are Ireland’s Lantinus, ridden by Dennis Lynch; Brazil’s Chupa Chup, ridden by Bernardo Alves; and Germany’s Coster, ridden by Christian Ahlmann. All the horses were banned from […]

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European Women Riders and “Hunter Hair”

One of the most interesting things about watching the Olympic show jumping was comparing the styles of the riders from different countries. Some rode in a half seat, some in a full seat. Saddles were different, bits were different, and most important (at least to the posters on various forums) was the way European women […]

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Eventing Safety: Course Adjustments and Better Jumps

With the spotlight focused on the safety of eventing, it is critical that the ambassadors of our sport — course designers, trainers, equestrian organizations, and riders — take all steps that can prevent injuries to both riders and horses. There is some progress. For example, at the Olympics, there was a last minute change to […]

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Equestrian Events in the “Modern” Olympics

The equestrian events at the Olympics are the only event where men and women compete against each other, and the only event where human athletes partner with animal athletes. It is one of the aspects of the Olympics that provides a direct link to the sports played at the ancient games. Unfortunately, there are no […]

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