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June 8, 2016

Greg Broderick Named To Represent Ireland At 2016 Olympic Games

Horse Sport Ireland announced that Jumping Team Manager Robert Splaine has chosen Gregory Broderick and MHS Going Global as the individual pair to represent Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with Bertram Allen, Cian O’Connor and Denis Lynch named as the reserves.

April 5, 2016

Debate Centers On Three-Member Teams At FEI Sports Forum

David O’Connor came to the rescue as riders and stakeholders reached a deadlock with Fédération Equestre Internationale representatives over the proposals to reduce teams to three riders with no drop score, as one of the key mechanisms for remaining in the Olympic Games.

March 22, 2016

FEI Removes Lier Grand Prix Special Results From Olympic Rankings

Following a thorough investigation into results from the three-star dressage event at Lier (Belgium), the Fédération Equestre Internationale has found evidence of nationalistic judging in favour of a Ukrainian athlete, Inna Logutenkova, by two Ukrainian judges in the Grand Prix Special test on March 2.
As a result, the FEI Dressage Committee, with the full support of the FEI Executive Board, has ruled that the results from the CDI*** Grand Prix Special will not count towards the Olympic and World Rankings.

February 26, 2016

Ringside Chat: Ben Maher Is Building For Rio And Beyond

Ben Maher, Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 Games in London (England), continues to build his string of both young and experienced grand prix mounts.

January 26, 2016

Ringside Chat: Cian O'Connor Is Not Giving Up On Rio

Cian O’Connor picked up an individual medal for Ireland at the 2012 London Olympic Games, earning bronze with Blue Loyd 12. And four years later, O’Connor believes he may have an even more talented Olympic prospect in the 10-year-old Belgium Warmblood stallion Good Luck (Canturo—Famosa, Furioso II), but the road to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has proved to be much tougher.

October 9, 2015

Brazil’s Ministry Of Agriculture Holds Up 2016 Olympic Equestrian Preparations

There's been a delay in the planning of the equestrian sports for the 2016 Olympics Games, set to take place next year at the Deodoro Olympic Park, outside the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. About 200 horses will be invited to compete in the Games, but as of right now, they won’t be allowed into the country.

August 7, 2015

A First Look At The 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Test Event

The test event for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games is underway at the Deodoro Olympic Park, where the equestrian events of the Games will be held.

While this week’s test event—a CIC** with 13 riders—is limited to Brazilian horses, a total of 200 equestrian athletes will join 10,300 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which run from Aug. 5-21 next year with 19 days of world-class sport in eventing, dressage and show jumping.

April 29, 2015

FEI Discusses Sweeping Changes In Sports Forum

Stakeholders in global horse sport met in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 27-28 to debate the most significant format shake-up to championships ever—and ended up with a big divide over radical proposals to reduce international championship teams to three with no drop score.

For the first time, the two-day Fédération Equestre Internationale annual sports forum adopted the single theme: the remodelling of all its disciplines, in the light of changing public perceptions, TV and sponsor demands and the social media-driven future. 

January 8, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Memories Of Snowbound

The man who became the first American to win an Olympic individual equestrian gold medal at Mexico City in 1968 recalls the gifts and foibles of the horse with whom he jumped into history.

I first learned of Snowbound's existence from the lips of John (later Sir John) Galvin, the Australian-born benefactor of both the U.S. and Irish equestrian teams.

"I've found a horse that might make you a useful hack," he told me, using a vernacular term he often employed. Like many of his remarks, this one proved a considerable understatement.

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