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August 31, 2012

Chrystine Tauber Elected USEF President

On Aug. 31, the U.S. Equestrian Federation announced the new president of the USEF: Chrystine Tauber.

When the Board of Directors assembled in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 27 for the mid-year meeting, the election of a new president was at the top of the agenda. David O'Connor has served as the USEF president since 2004.

August 9, 2012

Dujardin Doubles Her Gold Medal Haul In Olympic Dressage Freestyle

August 9 — London.

Before this Olympic Games in London, Great Britain had never won a medal in dressage of any color. Now that nation can count not only team gold but also individual thanks to a stupendous performance from Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro in the freestyle today.

August 8, 2012

Canada Releases New Statement On Foster’s Disqualification

On Aug. 7, Eric Lamaze caused an uproar by telling Equine Canada President Michael Gallagher that he wouldn’t compete on any more Canadian show jumping teams until Equine Canada revised their statement regarding the disqualification of Victor, Tiffany Foster’s mount for the Olympic Games.

August 8, 2012

Guerdat Goes Golden In Olympic Show Jumping

August 8 — London.

Thirty-seven riders began the first round of the Olympic individual show jumping competition with clean slates. Once they qualified, it didn’t matter how their horses had gone previously.

And Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat took full advantage of that fresh start with Nino des Buissonnets. He was the only rider to go clean and within the time over both of Bob Ellis’ enormous tracks, earning him Switzerland’s first gold medal in equestrian in 88 years.

August 7, 2012

British Strike Gold Again, Take First Olympic Dressage Medal Ever

August 7 — London.

Last night the British show jumpers celebrated after taking their first team gold medal in sixty years, but tonight the dressage riders one upped that victory by doing something no British team has ever done before: winning team gold.

In fact, the Brits have never won a dressage medal of any color, either in the team or the individual competition.

August 6, 2012

Emotional Victory For Team GB In Olympic Show Jumping

August 6 — London.

The British show jumpers aren’t known for wild displays of emotion, but when Peter Charles jumped a clear round to secure the gold medal as the last rider to go in a thrilling jump-off against the Netherlands, Nick Skelton literally leaped into the air with joy.

He proceeded to sprint over to the podium and clamber up as soon as he dismounted from his horse for the medal ceremony—pretty good for a man who has broken his neck, had two knee surgeries and needs to schedule back surgery in the near future.

August 5, 2012

Americans Still In Hunt, But Saudis Lead Olympic Team Jumping

August 5 — London.

After one round of team show jumping at the Olympic Games, the biggest news isn't who will be going forward to the medal round, but rather who won't. Heavy hitters Germany, France and Belgium were all knocked out of the running, as well as the teams from Australia, Ukraine, Chile and Mexico.

August 4, 2012

First Day Of Olympic Jumping Brings Mixed Results For Team USA

August 4 — London.

Anything can happen in show jumping, and just as it appeared that Team USA was going to post four clean rounds on the first day of Olympic competition, disaster struck for Beezie Madden.

She was the last to go of the four U.S. riders, chosen for the anchor spot because of her experience and strong nerves. McLain Ward had been first in the ring on Antares, and he’d turned in a foot-perfect round over Bob Ellis’ course.

August 3, 2012

Dujardin Keeps British Dreams Alive For Gold In Olympic Dressage

August 3 — London

An anticipatory hush fell over the Olympic arena when Charlotte Dujardin entered aboard Valegro. The Olympic rookie carried the weight of her team’s expectations on her shoulders, and her score would determine whether Great Britain stood in first or second after the Grand Prix test.

August 2, 2012

Hester Leads British Charge On Day 1 Of Olympic Dressage

August 2 — London

Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer should’ve been jubilant after the first day of dressage in front of their hometown crowd with Great Britain well into the lead. But despite taking first and second place respectively, their scores of 77.72 percent and 76.27 percent left them worried about the hunt for team gold.

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