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Lindsay Berreth

August 17, 2016

Michael Whitaker Withdraws Cassionato From Olympics

Great Britain's Michael Whitaker has withdrawn Cassionato from the remainder of the competition at the Olympic Games after the 11-year-old Holsteriner stallion (Cassini I-Perle Holstein, Quidam de Revel) began showing colic symptoms yesterday evening.

The pair added four faults in yesterday's first round of the team competition, but it wasn't enough to boost the reigning Olympic gold medal-winning team into the top 8 teams that will compete today.

August 12, 2016

Orthilia Brought Fiona Bigwood Back To The International Stage

Two years ago Fiona Bigwood’s life changed forever when she fell from a horse at a competition and suffered a concussion.

After four days in the hospital, the British rider went home, but her recovery was complicated by nerve damage to her right eye, which left her with double vision, and a loss of confidence.

But a special mare, Orthilia, brought her back to the international ring, and she’s making her Olympic team debut this week. So far, they’ve knocked .2 percent off their personal best in the Grand Prix, scoring a 77.15 percent to finish in eighth place.

August 9, 2016

Three Held, But All Pass At Final Olympic Eventing Horse Inspection

Rio de Janeiro - Aug. 9

Forty-six horses were presented in this morning's final eventing horse inspection, and all passed.   

Japan's Ryuzo Kitajima and Just Chocolate did not present. Sweden's Frida Andersen withdrew Herta because of a swelling on the horse's front leg, which appeared during the evening after cross-country.

August 9, 2016

Two Held and One Spun At Olympic Dressage Horse Inspection

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 9   

Sixty-seven dressage horses presented during yesterday's horse inspection at the Olympics. Three horses were held, including Frenchman Pierre Volla's mount Badinda Altena, who re-presented and passed.

Swedish rider Therese Nilshagen with Dante Weltino OLD and Italy's Valentina Truppa with Chablis were sent to the holding box and were re-presented this morning at 7:30 a.m. Dante Weltino OLD did not pass, while Chablis did pass after two trips down the jog strip.

Dressage gets under way tomorrow with the Grand Prix.

August 8, 2016

Antipodeans Rise To The Top After An Influential Olympic Cross-Country Day

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 8

As many riders predicted, cross-country day at the Olympic Games shook up the leaderboard, with several experienced pairs picking up penalties.

Australia’s Christopher Burton and the young Santano II rose to the top today with a double-clear round to stay on their dressage mark of 37.6 when dressage leaders William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning picked up 20 penalties for crossing their path at fence 20AB, two arrowheads with brush.

August 6, 2016

Fox-Pitt Makes A Comeback At Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 6   

William Fox-Pitt has been on the hunt for an individual Olympic medal since he began eventing 33 years ago, but life has thrown some obstacles in his way.

After sustaining a serious head injury in a fall last year at the Le Lion CCI** World Championships for Young Horses (France), he wasn’t sure he’d ever ride again, let alone be heading to his fifth Olympic Games.

But after a remarkable recovery, he’s made it, and he’s leading after the first day of dressage on Chilli Morning at the Rio Olympics.

August 5, 2016

A Look At The Rio Olympic Cross-Country Course

Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

The Olympic Games are underway and the eventers are looking forward to tackling Pierre Michelet's cross-country course on Monday.

The French course designer has put together a testing course that could shake up the leaderboard.

August 4, 2016

Meet Your 2016 U.S. Olympic Eventing Team

This year’s U.S. Olympic eventing team is one of the strongest ever, and Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor believes the group of fun, independent, but professional riders will give their all.

“This is a great group—there’s a great morale, and they respect each other’s riding,” he told the Chronicle in the July 25 issue. “It’s really kind of easy if you don’t try to create something that’s unnatural. They have the tools, they know they have the tools, and we know each other really, really well.” 

August 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Rise Of Karen, David, And Phillip In 1996

The Olympics are always full of drama—dashed hopes, dreams realized, tragedy and triumph, and 20 years ago, the Atlanta Games were no different.

From the rise of the O’Connor Event Team and Phillip Dutton, to the introduction of a new format, there’s plenty to look back on.

The U.S. team (David O’Connor on Giltedge, Karen O’Connor on Biko, Bruce Davidson on Heyday and Jill Henneberg on Nirvana II) headed to Atlanta in 1996 off a 12-year medal drought and brought home silver, while individual rider Kerry Millikin brought home individual bronze on Out And About.

August 3, 2016

Groom Spotlight: Sally Robertson’s Been Around The World On Her Way To Rio

Sally Robertson likes to change things up in her life—whether it’s riding, grooming, working in a spa or driving big rigs on a construction site, the New Zealand native has traveled around the world and back again.

But she keeps finding herself back where she started—with a brush in her hand, a smile on her face and a willingness soak up all the knowledge she can as a top groom.

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