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London 2012: How the front pages of London papers declared the Games were over

London 2012: How the front pages of London papers declared the Games were over | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: What a great image gallery! These are the front pages of major British newspapers the day after the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony.


Splashy? Sad? Triumphant? Patriotic? There's something for everyone in this gallery, a range of emotions and colors to make your eyes pop and, maybe, your heart throb.


The Olympics are over. What an assignment to design a single page declaring that fact, given all that went on....


Click on the big bold headline at the top to see this gallery, courtesy of The Guardian.


Thanks so much to everyone who has been reading my blog on discoverhorses.com. Shortcut url straight to the blog: http://www.eqlondon.com



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Medal Math: Equestrian medal round-up at London Olympics

Medal Math: Equestrian medal round-up at London Olympics | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

The London 2012 Olympic Games will be remembered for a major shift in equestrian sport's balance of power.


Great Britain was the star of the equestrian competition winning five Olympic medals overall across all three disciplines--three gold, one silver and one bronze. It was the team's best performance in Olympic history.


Traditional Olympic forces such as Germany and the Netherlands still excelled with both countries winning four medals each: Germany with two gold, one silver and one bronze while the Netherlands took home three silver and one bronze.


Before London 2012, Great Britain had never won an Olympic dressage medal, but now it is a double gold medallists through its team of Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Bechtolsheimer. In jumping, GB won its first gold in 60 years.


Other countries medalling were Switzerland, Sweden, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand, with one each.


The US, historically a strong contender at the Olympics Games and winner of the jumping gold in 2004 and 2008, went home with nothing.


> See breakdown of equestrian medals


> All top equestrian medal winners


Photo: Gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain celebrates with her gold medal following the Individual Dressage.

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Fran Jurga's comment, August 18, 2012 1:08 PM
So it's a new world order? I think the USA is in good company, with other countries that won equestrian medals at recent Olympics but didn't win at London: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, etc. We can all cry together!

It's also interesting how "medal" becomes a verb every four years!
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Olympic Pentathlon: Riding horses they’ve only just met | New York Times

Olympic Pentathlon: Riding horses they’ve only just met | New York Times | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it
For competitors who have trained vigorously, luck plays a surprisingly large role when it comes time to ride a horse they have just met.


Click on the bold headline to read the story on the New York Times web site.


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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro win Olympic individual gold

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro win Olympic individual gold | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

The final equestrian competition of the London Olympics was another home run for the host nation, which ended the Games with a total of five medals, the largest tally of any other country.


Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro won the Olympic dressage individual gold medal to add to the host nation's team gold, while team mate Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris took the bronze. Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival of the Netherlands earned the silver medal.


The music for Dujardin's freestyle, which included the theme to The Great Escape, unashamedly tugged at Britain’s heart strings and the crowd of 23,000 that packed the stadium at historic Greenwich Park.


Dujardin's freestyle, which decided the individual medals, scored 90.089 per cent, a clear margin of victory over the two-time World Cup winner from the Netherlands on 88.196 per cent, a result that apparently sparked an initial emotional reaction in Cornelissen’s homeland but quickly died down.


Both rders both broke the Olympic record score for a freestyle, set at 85.825 by Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven and Salinero in 2004. Van Grunsven and Salinero, at 18 the oldest horse competing in the Olympics, finished 6th.


Stephen Clarke, president of the seven-judge ground jury, described the differences between the top two rides as Cornelissen and Parzival having “huge power and expression… but needed more lightness and self-carriage” while Dujardin and Valegro were seen as the reverse with a “little more self-carriage and harmony but not as much power.”


> Read Kenneth Braddick's complete story in Dressage-News.com.


Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day was for the USA’s Steffen Peters who rode Ravel to a score of 77.286 for 17th place, but had hoped to improve on the fourth place finish by the narrowest of margins at the 2008 Olympics. This was the famous pairs last competition together as Ravel will retire to California following the Games. 


Photo: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro parading their Olympic individual gold medal. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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Swiss rider Steve Guerdat wins the Olympic individual show jumping gold medal

Swiss rider Steve Guerdat wins the Olympic individual show jumping gold medal | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Dreams were both dashed and delivered on a day of surprises in the individual Olympic show jumping, where relative longshots prevailed in the medals and Britain's luck finally ran out.


USA and Great Britain both end up with zip after two rounds in which the best met the best over extremely challenging courses in London.


Read complete story by Nancy Jaffer for EquiSearch.com.


It was thrilling competition for the individual jumping medals at the London Olympics. Two faultless rounds earned gold for Steve Guerdat, Switzerland.Then a fast and furious jump-off tipped in favor of Gerco Schroder of The Netherlands for silver and Cian O'Connor of Ireland, bronze.


Olympic Equestrian Schedule: Today is the final day of equestrian competition at the London Olympic Games.


Photo: On the podium, the individual show jumping medalists: Gerco Schroder, the Netherlands, silver; gold medalist Steve Guerdat, Switzerland; Cian O’Connor, Ireland, bronze (© 2012 by Nancy Jaffer)

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Britain wins first Olympic dressage medal and it's...gold!

Britain wins first Olympic dressage medal and it's...gold! | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Equestrian Team Great Britain is celebrating a second gold medal in 24 hours after the dressage team repeats the showjumpers' success.

Read full story at Horse & Hound. 


The British dressage team produced the dream result for the packed partisan crowd at Greenwich Park, beating Germany to the gold medal. It is the first time ever Britain has won any Olympic medal in dressage.


Charlotte Dujardin was last to go for Britain. The 26-year-old remained totally cool in only her second season at grand prix to an amazing score 83.286% on Valegro and top the individual leader board. Their extended trots and piaffe/passage tours were among the highlights.


Afterwards Charlotte admitted to feeling the pressure in the arena saying: “My legs were like jelly. It’s so surreal. It was the ultimate dream to get here and win gold; Valegro’s the horse of a lifetime.”


Carl Hester got the team off to an excellent start with Uthopia for a score of 80.571%. Third team member Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris built on Carl's performance with a solid 77.794%.


Dressage continues on Thursday, Aug. 9 with the individual finals.


Equestrian Olympic Schedule

  • Wednesday, Aug. 8: Individual Jumping - Medal (Rounds A and B, Jump-off) - Watch Live at 7:00 am Eastern
  • Thursday, Aug. 9 (final equestrian competition): Individual Dressage - Medal (Grand Prix Freestyle)


Photo: British Olympic Dressage Team receiving its first-ever dressage medal ... and it's gold! / Courtesy of Horse & Hound

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Olympic jumping team medal to be decided today; Saudis lead going into last round

Olympic jumping team medal to be decided today; Saudis lead going into last round | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

The team medal in jumping will be decided today at the London Olympic Games with eight teams qualified for the final round.


> Medal round: Today, Aug. 6 at 9:00 am Eastern Time. Watch live!


Saudi Arabia is in the lead with just a single time penalty, followed by Great Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland carrying four faults each, Canada with five and Brazil and USA with eight faults.


The big surprise is that the powerful teams from Germany, France and Belgium missed the cut.


Beijing 2008 team silver medalists Canada suffered a serious blow to their prospects after rider Tiffany Foster was disqualified in a decision captain Eric Lamaze called "a complete miscarriage of justice."


> Read full story


As today's round also serves as a third qualifier for the individual competition, leading individuals will jump on Tuesday, regardless of whether their teams are in the running. All riders who finish in 35th place or better, including ties, will go through to the individual medal round on Aug. 8. They will start with a clean slate since their qualifying scores are not carried forward.


Photo: Defending Olympic team gold medalists USA  just made the cut to round two as Rich Fellers and Flexible delivered a clear round in the first round of the Nations Cup at the London Olympic Games. © Diana DeRosa

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Olympic records broken during team dressage competition at London Games

Olympic records broken during team dressage competition at London Games | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Charlotte Dujardin’s record score riding Valegro helped Britain take a slender lead over Germany on Friday after the two-day first round of the Olympic dressage competition.


Dujardin's score of 83.663 broke the Olympic record.


Read more at "Olympic records broken during team dressage competition at London Games."


US Results: US rider Steffen Peters, a four-time Olympian and a former World Cup champion on Ravel, scored 77.705, finishing in sixth individually. Rafalca, co-owned by the wife of US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and ridden by Jan Ebeling, scored 70.243 percent to place 30th out of 50 riders. Tina Konyot and Colecto V scored 70.456 and Adrienne Lyle and Wizard finsished on 69.468. Going into the next round of the dressage competion, the US team is in fifth place behind Great British, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. 


Dressage competition continues August 7 for the dressage team medal and August 7 and 9 for the individual medal.


Photo: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro break Olympic record with score of 83.663 in the dressage competiton August 3 at the 2012 London Olympic Games / Diana DeRosa photo 

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Olympic Dressage: London Olympics contest may topple records | Reuters

Olympic Dressage: London Olympics contest may topple records | Reuters | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

LONDON (Reuters) - A generation remembers the day in 1976 when Nadia Comaneci scored the first-ever 10 in gymnastics, breaking Olympic scoreboards not calibrated to handle perfection.


Now the sport of dressage, essentially the equine equivalent of the gymnastics floor exercise, is seeing a similar grading revolution after decades where judges viewed 80 percent as an insurmountable barrier.


Click on the big bold headline to read the story online.


Photo: billboard mural for dressage at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Cincinnati's airport.. Fran Jurga photo.


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Which Olympic venue earns the gold as London's best?

Which Olympic venue earns the gold as London's best? | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Mike Lopresti, USA Today, spent a rainy day visiting four of the coolest London Olympic venues to determine the coolest of the cool.


And, the silver medal goes to ... Greenwich Park equestrian venue!


"Greenwich Park: You've got to love that just down the hill from the Royal Observatory, horses were jumping over an obstacle that looked like a half moon."


Horse Guards Parade earned the gold, and Lord's Cricket Ground the bronze.


Read how and why Lopresti selected the winners among the four venue finalists: Lord's Cricket Ground, Wimbledon, Greenwich Park and the Horse Guards Parade, in his entertaining article, "Which Olympic venue earns the gold as London's best?"  See photo gallery of finalists.


Photo: Eventing competition cross-country day at Greenwich Park equestrian venue / Leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports

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Zara's fan club: Royals watching an Olympian of their own

Zara's fan club: Royals watching an Olympian of their own | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

The Windsors were out in force at Greenwich Park to support an Olympian of their own at the cross-country phase of the eventing competition.


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Olympic Eventing: Japanese rider is surprise leader after dressage; XC underway today

Olympic Eventing: Japanese rider is surprise leader after dressage; XC underway today | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

"The quiet man from Japan steals eventing dressage limelight" writes Louise Parkes for the FEI.


Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Noonday de Conde produced a sensational test to take the individual lead in the closing stages of eventing dressage at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park on Sunday.


The quiet-spoken 36-year-old admitted afterwards that he could hardly believe it. “I’m a bit shocked”, he said at the post-competition press conference. “Nobody expected it – as you can see there are not many Japanese media here!”


Current Standings: After the two days of eventing dressage, it was Italy’s Stefano Brecciaroli who was in second place while New Zealand’s Mark Todd moved into third. Both Oiwa and Todd’s results proved pivotal for their teams, with Japan rising to 6th place in the team rankings behind the Kiwis, who go into tomorrow’s cross-country phase in joint-4th along with Sweden. The US is in 7th position prior to the start of the cross-country phase today.


Today's Equestrian Events (Monday, July 30): 

Eventing Cross-Country: Watch free live stream  Underway now


Complete Results:

Eventing - Individual

Eventing - Team


Photo: Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa jogs Noonday de Conde prior to the start of the eventing competition at the London Olympic Games. The duo produced a sensational test to take the individual lead in eventing dressage. / Diana DeRosa

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Pedigree, training (and watermelon) bring Rafalca to first Olympic Games

Pedigree, training (and watermelon) bring Rafalca to first Olympic Games | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

How often do you read about the pedigree and training of a dressage horse in the New York Times?


Rafalca, a 15-year-old mare, will make her Olympic debut next week for Team USA in dressage. She is co-owned by Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann.


Mary Pilon of The New York Times, details Rafalca's powerful pedigree, early years, training and partnership with rider Jan Ebeling, in her article "Behind a Gifted Horse, a Powerful Part-Owner."


Photo: Victor J. Blue for The New York Times / Rafalca is a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare with rich bloodlines. Jan Ebeling, above, has trained the horse for six years.

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Princess Haya hails drug-free London 2012 equestrian event as "best ever"

Princess Haya hails drug-free London 2012 equestrian event as "best ever" | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Princess Haya, President of the FEI, hailed London 2012 as the "best Games ever for equestrian sport." 


This was the first Olympics since Sydney 2000 that the equestrian sport has avoided being embroiled in a major drug controversy at the Games. > Read full story by Duncan Mackay, InsideTheGames.biz.


At Athens 2004 Ireland's Cian O'Connor was stripped of his gold medal in show jumping after his horse tested positive. He was one of four riders banned during the Games. In Hong Kong in 2008, more positive tests led to Norway losing its team bronze medal in show jumping.


There were those who believed that unless the drug problem was taken seriously, equestrian's place in the Olympics could be threatened.


Following the 2008 Games, the FEI introduced its Clean Sport campaign.


"The fact that all human and equine samples came back negative (in London) demonstrates the success of the FEI Clean Sport campaign," said Princess Haya. "We knew that fair play and clean sport was the only way to produce top sport in the Olympic equestrian events and we are very proud that we have achieved that goal."


The London Olympics was the most tested Games in history with more tests and more substances tested. All medalists' horses and fourth place horses were were tested, plus random testing was done on horses picked by computerized selection.


For humans across all Olympic sports, the top four finishers plus two additional athletes selected at random were tested by the IOC, along with other individuals selected at random.


Photo: Courtesy of Inside the Games.

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British crowd cheers Narumi Kurosu of Japan, the final competitor of the London Olympics

British crowd cheers Narumi Kurosu of Japan, the final competitor of the London Olympics | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

“My victory was being here,” Kurosu said, adding, “I hope to have inspired people with my never-give-up attitude.”


Karen Crouse of the New York Times writes: With the London Olympics entering the home stretch, the fans put their collective voice behind Narumi Kurosu of Japan, the last finisher in the last discipline of the last event. “I figured out they were cheering for me,” she said through an interpreter. “I was very grateful. It was a special moment.” > Read complete story


Of the five disciplines in modern pentathlon, Kurosu’s favorite is riding, and that was her main misery on Sunday when the horse she drew, Zafira, threw her on course then twice refused to jump, causing her to topple in the standings.


(The Russian Evdokia Gretchichnikova, who is ranked 16th in the world, drew the same horse and dropped to 35th place over all.)


Kurosu's hometown is Shimotsuma City, the area that sustained extensive damage in last year’s 7.4-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. “My victory was being here,” Kurosu said, adding, “I hope to have inspired people with my never-give-up attitude.”


> Read "Final event concludes with a roar," by Karen Crouse, New York Times


Photo: Franck Robichon/European Pressphoto Agency

Narumi Kurosu of Japan was the last finisher in the last discipline of the last event of the Games, but the British crowd cheered for her nonetheless.

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A show of patriotism as Charlotte Dujardin performs The Great Escape at Greenwich Park

A show of patriotism as Charlotte Dujardin performs The Great Escape at Greenwich Park | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Oliver Brown, The Telegraph, writes:  For Charlotte Dujardin, a second golden coronation in three days brought inescapable proof of life imitating art.


As part of the exquisite freestyle routine that produced this individual dressage glory, she had selected a rousingly patriotic music sequence that included the theme tune to The Great Escape. Amid howls of protest from the Dutch team, who complained that their rider had lost out unfairly due to a glaring technical error by the champion, it proved a prescient choice.


“I suppose, with that slight mistake, it was the great escape in the end,” Dujardin reflected. “I sat down and made a point of watching the film after I chose the music, and I’ll probably watch it again one evening with a glass of something.”


> Read Oliver Brown's full story in The Telegraph


In response to an insinuation that home advantage had swayed the judging panel, Stephen Clarke, president of the ground jury, said

“Parzival had huge power and expression, while Valegro showed more lightness and self-carriage. Adelinde’s horse sometimes crossed his jaw, which took down his marks, and on this occasion lightness and harmony won.”


Simply put, Dujardin’s display was electrifying. Her emotionally charged, beautifully cadenced routine on 10-year-old gelding Valegro was set to a British musical smorgasbord encompassing everything from Land of Hope and Glory to I Vow to Thee, My Country, even throwing in the Big Ben chimes.


> VIDEO: Charlotte Dujardin reflects on her second gold medal of the London Olympic Games.


Photo: Good day at the office: Charlotte Dujardin rides to gold on Valegro / Photo: PA

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Olympic Dressage: Tuning Up for the Crescendo of The Elite Freestyle

Olympic Dressage: Tuning Up for the Crescendo of The Elite Freestyle | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

The musical freestyle dressage at these London Olympics might be a watershed event for dressage. The scores could go through the roof--if there was one.


@FranJurga writes: I’ve never told anyone this before. But sometimes I turn up the volume on Matthias Rath’s freestyle soundtrack medley for Totilas of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits and dance around the office.


Imagine if Michael Jackson had ever seen elite musical freestyle dressage. He'd have been mesmerized...and maybe inspired.


Not so long ago, the very concept of “pop dressage” was unthinkable. Now it's a marketable, palpable energy within the sport. 


Today's third of three stories salutes the artistry of musical freestyle dressage and reviews some of the performances you will see in today's Olympic dressage freestyle at London's Greenwich Park.


Click here to go to the Discover London Equestrian blog.


Photo of Edward Gal and Totilas at the 2009 European Championships by Kit Houghton.


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More gold for Britain? Riders jump for Olympic individual jumping medals today

More gold for Britain? Riders jump for Olympic individual jumping medals today | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Show jumping tends to throw up more surprises than any other equestrian sport.


But if his flawless form in the team event is anything to go by, Britain's Nick Skelton could well pick up more Olympic gold in Wednesday's individual final.


Skelton was loathe to talk about his chances when focused on the team goal, saying the individual was "another day."


But he has repeatedly said horse Big Star is performing superbly and bookmakers had him as joint favorite with American Rich Fellers going into this week.  Read full story at Chicago Tribune.


Equestrian Olympic Schedule

  • Wednesday, Aug. 8: Individual Jumping - Medal (Rounds A and B, Jump-off) - Watch Live at 7:00 am Eastern.  Watch live now at NBColympics.com
  • Thursday, Aug. 9 (final equestrian competition of Games): Individual Dressage - Medal (Grand Prix Freestyle)



Photo: An exhuberant Nick Skelton, a member of the gold medal winning British Olympic jumping team, celebrates on the podium as team members approach at Greenwich Park at the London 2012 Olympic Games (MIKE HUTCHINGS, REUTERS / August 6, 2012)

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Great Britain takes Olympic jumping gold in two-way showdown thriller

Great Britain takes Olympic jumping gold in two-way showdown thriller | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

There were ecstatic scenes in Greenwich Park this afternoon when Great Britain ended a 60-year drought to claim jumping team gold for only the second time in the history of the Olympic Games.


But, they had to battle all the way, and it came down to a two-way jump-off against The Netherlands, but Nick Skelton, Peter Charles, Ben Maher and Scott Brash triumphed in the finest style and, to put the icing on the cake, they did it on home soil. Saudi Arabia took bronze behind the Dutch, with Switzerland finishing fourth and just outside the medals.


> Read full story


Olympic Links


Equestrian Olympic Schedule Watch Live!

  • Today, Aug 7, starting at 5:00 am Eastern: Team Dressage Finals - Medal; Individual Dressage qualifier (Grand Prix Special) - LIVE NOW!
  • Aug 8: Individual Jumping - Medal (Rounds A and B, Jump-off)
  • Aug 9: Individual Dressage - Medal (Grand Prix Freestyle)


Photo: Thrilled equestrians take to the podium at Greenwich Park for the presentation of the 2012 London Olympic Team Jumping Medals (from left) The Netherlands-silver; Great Britain-gold, Saudi Arabia-bronze / Diana DeRosa

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Olympic Hypersensitivity: Cut on coronet forces Canadian horse out of Olympic Games

Olympic Hypersensitivity: Cut on coronet forces Canadian horse out of Olympic Games | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

"The FEI announced Sunday morning that a jumper ridden by Canada's Tiffany Foster had been disqualified from the Olympics after testing positive for hypersensitivity in the area of a small cut on the horse's coronet."


@HoofcareJournal writes: What is hypersensitivity and why is the FEI worried about it?


The Hoof Blog checks in with an Ontario veterinarian, with additional quotes from the FEI, Team Canada's chef d'equipe Torchy Millar, the FEI's Princess Haya, and Team Canada.


Click on the big bold headline at the top to read the full story.


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Olympic Jumping: Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander set for London | Australian Olympic Team

Olympic Jumping: Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander set for London | Australian Olympic Team | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Australian showjumper Edwina Tops-Alexander is excited for her second Olympic campaign in London.


@FranJurga writes: Heaps of praise are due the Australian Olympic Committee and Equestrian Australia for their hard work to promote their riders and educate the world about the Aussie tradition of horsemanship and competitive spirite.


Their latest offering introduces the world to Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander, who is competing today--and all weekend--for Team Australia.


She is one of the world's most glamorous show jumpsters, is part of the Euro royal/celeb A list and is even sponsored by fashion house Gucci. But in this video, she's all about her ride.


I've really enjoyed following her--on the celebrity scene and in the horse world!


Click on the big bold headline at the top to read the full story.


Read many more linked Olympic Equestrian headlines from about the web: http://www.scoop.it/t/franjurga


Read features about the Olympics on Fran's London Equestrian blog: http://www.discoverhorses.com/discover-leq-blog


Blog shortcut: www.EQLondon.com


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Ann Romney's Rafalca performs: Guide to Olympic Dressage

Ann Romney's Rafalca performs: Guide to Olympic Dressage | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Shushannah Walshe, ABC News, follows Mitt Romney from the campaign trail to wife Ann's equestrian pursuits, the latest being a medal in dressage at the London Olympics.  Walshe takes the focus off politics and puts it onto dressage in "Ann Romney's Horse Performs: Your Olympics Guide to Dressage."  She writes:


Rafalca, the horse co-owned with Ann Romney, and Jan Ebeling performed Thursday morning on the first day of dressage. After eight previous pairs they earned a score of 70.2 and are currently in 4th place, behind Great Britain, Denmark, and Germany. There are still more riders to go today and tomorrow including the rest of Team USA, but they are in a good place to continue on to the next phase on August 7th. Read complete story with a guide to the Olympic dressage.


Ann Romney cheered on Ebeling and Rafalca in the arena at Greenwich Park wearing orange and cream. The music during their dance included classical, guitar, and even a saxophone solo.


In an interview with the Wall Street Journal after the performance, Romney called Rafalca and Ebeling "elegant and consistent."


More from ABC News: Ann Romney 'Thrilled to Death' by Horse's Test


Photo: Ann Romney, left, wife of Mitt Romney, applauds after her co-owned horse, Rafalca, competes in the first day of dressage at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 2, 2012, in London/Ronald Martinez/Getty Images


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Stunning performance by Germany's Michael Jung and Sam earn individual gold and team gold medals in Olympic Eventing

Stunning performance by Germany's Michael Jung and Sam earn individual gold and team gold medals in Olympic Eventing | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

The Olympic eventing competition in London ends with Germany's Michael Jung riding the incredible Sam to win both the individual gold medal and the team gold medal with his German teammates. 


Today he became the first person ever to hold the titles of world champion, European champion and Olympic champion simultaneously.  Jung also was the only rider in the competition, which started with 74, to finish on his dressage score.


Read Nancy Jaffer's insightful account of the the final day of eventing and the medal winners, "2012 Olympic Eventing Show Jumping and Medals."


Olympic Equestrian Schedule: Olympic Eventing concluded yesterday (watch full replays of eventing live stream). Up next is Dressage, which begins tomorrow, Aug. 2, 3, 7, 9, followed by Jumping, which runs Aug 4, 5, 6, 8. See full Olympic equestrian competition schedule and link to live stream.


Photo: Michael Jung of Germany on his way to the team and eventing individual gold medals on Sam.Photo © 2012 Nancy Jaffer

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The 12 craziest obstacles on the Olympic eventing course

The 12 craziest obstacles on the Olympic eventing course | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

Instead of traditional jumps made of hedges or rails, the people who created the Olympic cross-country course used a variety of really fun and whimsical obstacles, including Saturn, a boat, and a mini house with fully functioning doors and windows. See photos of the most unusual jumps.


Current Standings: Olympic eventing cross-country produced spectacular sport in Greenwich Park yesterday with thrills, spills, dramas and excitement. At the end of the day, team Germany maintained a slight lead over the British host team with Sweden ia close third. Team USA is in fifth position going into the final day of show jumping. For a full account of cross-country read, "Tight at the top for Olympic team and individual Eventing medals" by Louise Parkes for the FEI.


Today's Equestrian Events (Tuesday, July 31):


Eventing Show Jumping : Watch free live stream Underway now


Complete Results: Eventing - Individual and Team

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Equestrian Eventing: The Olympics’ most dangerous sport? | TIME.com

Equestrian Eventing: The Olympics’ most dangerous sport? | TIME.com | Equestrian Olympics 2012 | Scoop.it

On the eve of the thrilling cross-country phase of the Olympic eventing competition at the London Olympics, TIME magazine's Sonia Van Gilder Cooke writes about the risks to horse and rider and some of the remedies in her article, "Equestrian Eventing: The Olympics’ Most Dangerous Sport?."


Eventing is a three-phase competition combining the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and cross country, but it's the popular cross-country phase that brings out the crowds to watch horses and riders gallop at speed over a variety of impressive obstacles and water hazards.


Olympic Eventing Schedule: Eventing cross-country will take place Monday, July 30, and will be followed Tuesday with show jumping, the final phase, and the awarding of the team and individual medals.  The dressage phase started yesterday and continues today.    


More Equestrian from TIME: "Q&A with Olympic Equestrian Mary King"

British eventer Mary King, one of the top-ranked event riders in the world, will competing in her sixth Olympics in London. At 51, King is the oldest competitor for Great Britain and one of the most accomplished, with Olympic silver and bronze medals among her many awards. She spoke with Sonia Van Gilder Cooke about horse massages and why eventers don’t ride stallions.


Photo: US rider Karen O'Connor competes with her horse, Mr Medicott, in the dressage phase during the eventing competition at Greenwich Park at the 2012 Summer Olympics on July 28, 2012 in London. / Markus Schreiber / AP

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