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Mollie Bailey

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German show jumpers Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW have withdrawn from competition today, Aug. 14, the first day of jumping competition.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
Helmet 

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.

August 10, 2016

Second Bullet Found Inside The Olympic Equestrian Center

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 10

A bullet was found this morning in the stable area of the National Equestrian Center where the equestrian portion of the Olympic Games is being held. No horses or humans were injured.

This bullet is in addition to the bullet that entered the equestrian media center at the same venue on Aug. 6. 

August 10, 2016

Security Responds To An Incident In The Olympic Barns

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 10

Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games press officer Anja Krabbe announced an official statement about an incident in the stable area at the National Equestrian Center where the Olympic equestrian events are being held.

August 9, 2016

From The Barracks To The Olympic Games

Chilean rider Carlos Lobos Muñoz won over plenty of fans at the Rio Olympic Games with his enthusiastic celebrations aboard his mount Ranco.

The four-star first-timer negotiated Pierre Michelet’s tricky course with no jumping penalties, but plenty of time on the clock, still good enough to sit a respectable 30th place going into show jumping. He picked up a single rail in show jumping to finish on a score of 96.1.

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