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September 14, 2016

Lübbe Claims First Gold In Rio Para-Equestrian Dressage

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—Sept. 13  

The first gold of the Rio Para Equestrian dressage competition was won by Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lübbe at the Olympic Equestrian Center.

In a thrilling and closely contended Grade III individual test Lübbe, riding Donatello, scored 72.87 percent, just a fraction of a percentage point ahead of Denmark’s Susanne Sunesen on Que Faire.

And keeping it a neighbourly affair, Sweden’s Louise Etzner Jakobsson took the bronze at this, her first Paralympic Games, riding Zernard.

August 17, 2016

Nestor Nielsen Van Hoff Makes A Long Awaited Olympic Debut

Nestor Nielsen van Hoff may have been the happiest show jumper on the showgrounds on the opening day of show jumping the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Aboard Prince Royal Z De La Luz the individual rider from Uruguay incurred just a single time fault over a tough track. He followed that up with 8-faults in yesterday’s competition, still strong enough to qualify for today’s third individual qualifier.

Not bad for a horse who’s only left South America once.

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 15, 2016

Valegro’s Victorious On A New Olympic Record

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 15

You can forgive Charlotte Dujardin for bursting into tears during her interview following her Grand Prix freestyle performance on superhorse Valegro. After all, the two had just smashed their record at the last Olympics by nearly 4 percentage points to finish on a 93.85 percent.   

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

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 

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