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Mollie Bailey

August 16, 2016

It's Been A Wild Ride In Rio For The French Show Jumpers

To say it’s been a roller coaster ride for the French show jumping team at the Olympic Games is something of an understatement.

Things started out rough when World No. 2 Simon Delestre withdrew Hermes Ryan from competition on Aug. 10 after a microfracture at the tip of his hock after he arrived in Rio de Janeiro.  

August 16, 2016

United States Tied For Lead After Day 1 Of Olympic Team Jumping

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 16

Four countries sit in a tie for the lead after the first day of Olympic team jumping here at the National Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro. The United States, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands are all tied on a 0-fault score after today’s Nations Cup round.

August 14, 2016

Olympic Show Jumpers Weigh In On Day 1

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 14

A tough course on the first day of individual competition of Olympic Show Jumping helped separate the field and caused some unexpected problems for experienced pairs. 

Click here for more on today’s course and to hear how the U.S. team fared.

We checked in with several Olympic show jumpers about the ups and downs of Day 1.

August 14, 2016

Updated: First Individual Qualifying Round Wakes Up The Olympic Field

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 14

A tough course on the first day of individual competition of Olympic show jumping helped separate the field and caused some unexpected problems for experienced pairs.

Guilherme Jorge built the Table A course, set between 1.40- and 1.60-meters, though many riders commented that it was on the high side for a first Olympic round. The class was not run against the clock, and there was no jump-off.

August 14, 2016

Ehning Out For German Show Jumping Team, Michaels-Beerbaum In

German show jumpers Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW have withdrawn from competition today, Aug. 14, the first day of jumping competition. Cornado NRW passed the horse inspection on Aug. 12, and they jumped yesterday on the training day. But after consultation with the German team veterinarian the team decided to substitute in reserve pair Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Fibonnaci 17.

"After consultation with our team veterinarian Jan Hein Swagemakers we have decided that the risk of use of Cornado NRW is too big," said German coach Otto Becker.

August 12, 2016

Germany Delivers Olympic Dressage Gold And Britain Claims Silver

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 12 

The sounds of “Deutschlandlied” rang across the National Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro for the second time this week as the heavily favored German dressage team climbed to the top of the podium to claim their eighth Olympic gold medal.

August 12, 2016

Top Hat Or Helmet?

At the Fédération Equestre Internationale level of dressage it’s a rider’s choice whether to don a traditional top hat or a safety helmet. Until a few years ago it was a rarity to see a helmet in the ring, but all that’s changing.

At this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games we’re seeing a mix of both forms of headwear, and we asked some of the Olympic riders for their thoughts on their decision.

Valentina Truppa—Italy

August 12, 2016

Show Jumpers Set To Go After Today’s Horse Inspection

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 12

Eighty-eight show jumpers were presented at this morning’s horse inspection at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Four horses were held: Argentina’s traveling reserve Eliot DWS (José María Larocca Jr.), Australia’s Amarillo (James Paterson-Robinson), Switzerland’s Nino des Buissonnets (Steve Guerdat) and the United States’ reserve Zeremonie (Laura Kraut).

Amarillo, Nino des Buissonnets and  Zeremonie passed on re-inspection. Eliot DWS will re-present tomorrow.

Show jumping competition kicks off Aug. 14 at 10a.m.

August 11, 2016

Bröring-Sprehe Keeps Germany In Front, Peters Goes Into Third At Lunch Break For Olympic Grand Prix Dressage

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 11

Last to go before the lunch break, Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe leapt to the top of the scoreboard after a lovely test that scored 82.25 percent aboard Desperados FRH. The 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion was third to go for the German powerhouse team, pushing Germany way out in front on an average mark of 80.19 with anchor rider Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD still to go this afternoon.

August 11, 2016

Fulfilling A Lifetime Dream

Like every horse-crazy child, 7-year-old Julie Brougham had a dream: competing at the Olympic Games. It’s taken her 55 years, but she finally rode down centerline yesterday in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. 

At 62, Brougham is the oldest Olympian at these Games, two years ahead of fellow New Zealand veteran Mark Todd.

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