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London Olympic Games 1948

September 12th, 2012 at 10:40 am

The 1948 Games started with the Individual Dressage Test – just one test rather than the three we’ll see this time round – and it was a rather different challenge; no piaffe, no passage, some extended and collected trot with the reins in one hand, some counter-canter, four-times changes, two-times changes, and fifteen one-times changes…[More]

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Golden Girl – Joann Formosa

September 3rd, 2012 at 9:55 am

Australia’s Joann Formosa won the Paralympic Grade 1b Dressage Competition on the weekend in her very first Paralympics. Joann and her stallion Worldwide PB wowed the crowd with a great test to score  75.826 beating Lee Pearson who has been the Paralympic Champion since 2000. Joann has only been riding Worldwide PB for the past seven…[More]

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Burghley Not a Happy Hunting Ground for Aussies

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Burghley Horse Trials was won this year by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson on Avebury, but was not a good event for the five Australians contesting it. Sam Griffiths was the best placed Australian in 9th place after he slipped from 5th with 16 penalties in the showjumping. Megan Jones had one refusal at the first…[More]

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Subscribe for your chance to win a saddle!

August 30th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Subscribe For Your Chance To Win a Pessoa Dressage Saddle from Saddleworld! This is the ideal time for you to subscribe, 12 issues for $80. Just send through the form below for your chance to win!  

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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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