Charlotte Dujardin, who’s won Olympic, FEI World Equestrian Games and FEI European Championships gold with Valegro, told the BBCthat the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be the horse’s last competition.
During its General Assembly meeting today, Nov. 13, the Fédération Equestre Internationale presented the results of its audit on eventing. The audit, conducted by Charles Barnett, the former director of Ascot race course in Great Britain, examined data from 1,184 horse falls that occurred over the past five years.
Here are some of the major takeaways presented, some obvious, some less so:
Earlier this week, Kent Farrington sat in the press conference for the $130,000 GP Grand Prix, which he won aboard Willow, and discussed how he’d planned out the entire CP National Horse Show to best play to his mounts’ strengths. All that planning? It paid off as Farrington not only won Thursday’s class but also today’s $250,000 Longines Grand Prix CSI-W with Voyeur.
Riders tackled a $35,000 speed accumulator class this evening, but with an additional catch—they did it in costume. Some riders opted for a low-key outfit but others decked out themselves and their horses.
Check out eight of our favorite costumes from the evening:
Yesterday Stephanie Danhakl had a nearly perfect day with Enough Said in the low amateur-owner division at the CP National Horse Show, winning one over fences class and taking second in the hack, which added to her two wins over fences from Tuesday easily gave her the championship tricolor in that division and the grand low amateur-owner title too.
British Eventing released an update today, Oct. 26, stating that British Olympian William Fox-Pitt is now awake after his head injury sustained Oct. 17.
“William has made progress over the weekend; today he is conscious, breathing on his own and communicating with his family and doctors, however he is still very ill,” stated British Eventing. “He and his family are very grateful for all the support and messages; it is hugely appreciated.”