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back stage at the Games

August 8th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

It hasn’t all been serious sport, the pub at the entrance to the grounds has been a great meeting place   and just another Valegro to drool over…      

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The horses win – Gold for Britain

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Twas truly a great day’s dressage and the British team lead by Charlotte Dujardin proved that horse friendly dressage can be winning dressage.. The dawn of a new era, the Brits take gold. We see some beautiful dressage, new young star riders, magnificent horses.   Charlotte gives Carl a hug, medals were presented by Prince…[More]

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Showjumping in London

August 6th, 2012 at 12:28 am

The showjumping qualifiers for the team and individual medals ran over two days in bright sun, then heavy rain with a strong wind – and the art of putting on and taking off a poncho between horses requires a special skill. The Australians didn’t get off to a great start in the first round when…[More]

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Dressage at the Games – Day 2

August 4th, 2012 at 2:56 am

End of day two at the dressage and the seven judges do get the right winner. Valegro and Charlotte are magnificent. A truly great test up there with greats, and no this time we didn’t get carried away with spectacular, it was correct modern training and it looked like Valegro enjoyed it too. Was Parzival…[More]

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Roz’s pics from Day One of the Dressage…

August 3rd, 2012 at 10:48 am

Well Day One of the Dressage was a special day with some very impressive horses. At the end of the day Carl Hester finished first after half the field has competed scoring 77.720 on Uthopia ahead of fellow Brit, Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris with Dorothee Schneider and Diva Royale in provisional third with some…[More]

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where was the FEI steward?

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Scenes from the warmup ring, Sjef was apparently too ill to come to Greenwich Park today but he was there in spirit… Julia Rau took the photos          

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Charlotte checks it out

August 2nd, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  It’s countdown time at Greenwich, just an hour to go, and the gold medal favorite, Charlotte Dujardin, checks out the arena. The first rider is the Danish team member, Anne van Olst and Clearwater. Kristy Oatley is fifth to go on Clive. Charlotte won’t get her turn with Valegro until ten past two tomorrow.

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Chris Hector chats with German dressage rider Kristina Sprehe

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Can you tell me a little bit about your horse Desparados – what his character is like? Kristina Sprehe: “He’s a very handsome stallion, and he really likes to compete. He is very concentrated in the arena and he loves to work, he makes himself a little bigger and really likes to show off.” Are…[More]

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Fences at Greenwich

July 28th, 2012 at 2:09 am

It must be said that the cross country fences at Greenwich are superb. They are inventive, beautiful, and wonderfully finished. Here are some of the photos that Ros Neave took on our little course walk. the cross country course goes through the main arena A real live squirrel (that’s the grey one) checks out the…[More]

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Donnerhall Descendants Fill German Dressage Team

July 25th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

With the withdrawal of Monica Theodorescu’s Whisper and his replacement as reserve by D’Agostino, the entire German team is made up of Donnerhall descendants and three of them by the Donnerhall son, De Niro. Team horses: Damon Hill (by Donnerhall), Desperados (by De Niro), Diva Royal (by Don Frederico) Individual horse: Dablino (by De Niro) Reserve horse: D’Agostino…[More]

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Shock Exit for Shane Rose

July 23rd, 2012 at 9:58 am

Shane Rose will not ride next weekend at the London Olympics as his horse, Taurus is lame. Shane, who won at Sydney 3DE and Kihikihi Horse Trials, was a strong contender for a team and individual medal. Taurus was sore last week but seemed to be recovering, but after a team jumping session in Gloucestershire…[More]

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Ryan’s Rave: The Olympics Are On

July 17th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Heath Ryan’s column, Ryan’s Rave, didn’t make it to us on time for the August magazine so here it is… his take on the Olympics…

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