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Olympic Jumping: Irish showjumper's Olympics on hold over positive test

Olympic Jumping: Irish showjumper's Olympics on hold over positive test | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Denis Lynch’s selection for the Irish team for London was put on hold following a request to the Olympic Council of Ireland.


Lynch rode Lantinus as a member of the Irish team which finished third in the Nations’ Cup at Aachen, Germany on Thursday.


Following a mandatory test of the horses taking part in the competition, Lantinus tested positive for hypersensitivity of his legs.


On Tuesday Horse Sport Ireland, the Irish governing body for equestrian sport, announced that it had nominated Lynch with horse Abberbvail van het Dingeshof to the Olympic Council of Ireland. It also nominated Billy Twomey (Tinka’s Serenade).


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Olympic Dressage: Totilas and Rath Out of Games – Fran Jurga's Discover LEQ

Olympic Dressage: Totilas and Rath Out of Games – Fran Jurga's Discover LEQ | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: The German Equestrian Federation announced this morning that dressage superstar Totilas will not be representing Germany at the London Olympic Games.


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London 2012 Olympics: riders appeal as equestrian team selections prove controversial - Telegraph

London 2012 Olympics: riders appeal as equestrian team selections prove controversial - Telegraph | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

There were no surprises in the British teams announced for London 2012, but other key equestrian nations have been unsettled by litigation and controversy over the rider selection process.


@franjurga writes: Pippa Cuckson looks around the world and analyzes all the controversies over all the equestrian team selections for London. And we're still waiting for some teams to be announced!


(Click on the bold headline at the top to read the story on the Telegraph web site.)


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Will Mitt Romney and Rafalca Cross Paths in London After All? | BillMoyers.com

Will Mitt Romney and Rafalca Cross Paths in London After All? | BillMoyers.com | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
So what do you get when you combine Mitt Romney, expensive horseflesh, fancy dinners and a financial scandal in the City of London?


@FranJurga writes: This article is a bit scathing (click on the headline to read it on Bill Moyers' web site) but probably nothing compared to what we'll read in a few weeks if it is true that Mitt Romney is planning a fundraising event for his campaign in London during the Olympics. 


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Olympic Spectator Training: Get Ready for 2012 Olympic Equestrian Events | The Horsey Set

Olympic Spectator Training: Get Ready for 2012 Olympic Equestrian Events | The Horsey Set | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
From blogs to the television coverage schedule, some ways fans can prepare for the equestrian events at the 2012 London Olympics.


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@FranJurga writes: What an honor to be #1 on the @RhondaLane list of equestrian Olympic resources!


Did I miss something or did she neglect to include her own "The Horsey Set" blog on the list? I know I will be reading her great posts all summer, and long into the future. How about you?


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Olympic Jumping: Syria’s Ahmad Saber Hamcho – Fran Jurga's Discover LEQ Blog

Olympic Jumping: Syria’s Ahmad Saber Hamcho – Fran Jurga's Discover LEQ Blog | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Ahmad Saber Hamcho (Hamsho) will represent Syria in the London 2012 Olympic equestrian show jumping at Greenwich Park and the whole world will watch.

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@FranJurga writes: Life, horses and politics will intersect at London's Greenwich Park during the Olympic equestrian events. And I'm not referring to Ann Romney or Zara Phillips.


The politics of the Syrian Olympic Team has been announced: they will wear their loyalty to President al-Assad like a badge of pride. Will anyone in the equestrian notice--or care? Or will the politics of a larger, more tragic story unfolding on the world stage be riding on the back of a young showjumper?

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@FreeOlympicsSyr's comment, July 2, 2012 2:30 PM
Hello,

We have started a petition this week asking the IOC and the FEI to ban Hamsho from the London 2012 Olympics.
Feel free to sign and share - show your support to the real Syria.
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-son-of-assad-s-financier-from-competing-in-london2012-olympics-sign-share-for-syria
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OLYMPIC EVENTING: Piggy French: Despite good vibes, Olympic Test event victory is 'irrelevant'

OLYMPIC EVENTING: Piggy French: Despite good vibes, Olympic Test event victory is 'irrelevant' | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Piggy French has dismissed her Olympic Test event triumph as 'irrelevant' ahead of London 2012. French will be back at Greenwich Park later this month as part of Great Britain's Olympic eventing team.


@franjurga writes: Here's an interview with Piggy French of Team GB's eventing squad. She downplays her win at the Test Event in Greenwich Park last year--and her silver medal as Euro Champion in 2009, as well.


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Olympic Eventing: Performance depends on relationship between horse, rider and groom | Washington Post

Olympic Eventing: Performance depends on relationship between horse, rider and groom | Washington Post | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Sinead Halpin's groom Megan Kepferle and her horse, Manoir de Carneville, flew to Europe as the Lexington Park, Md., native pursues her Olympic dreams.


From the article: "The flying is the easy part, said horse groom Megan Kepferle. But getting Manoir de Carneville into his container can be a challenge. A little improvisation was called for: The container was split into sections and filled with barn shavings. It worked. The horse was lifted off the tarmac and into the airplane’s cargo hold."


@franjurga writes: Another article about a native son/daughter headed to the Olympics. But this time the daughter is a groom, and the "hometown paper" is nothing less than the Washington Post! Sorry that there is no photo with this article


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Olympic Eventing Grooms: Dana Cooke headed to Olympics with Rebecca Howard | Merritt News, Merritt, BC

Olympic Eventing Grooms: Dana Cooke headed to Olympics with Rebecca Howard |  Merritt News, Merritt, BC | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"When Rebecca Howard of Salmon Arm rides into competition at the 2012 Olympics in London, the Nicola Valley's own Dana Cooke will be right at Howard's and her mount's side.


Cooke, who grew up riding in Lower Nicola, will serve as groom for Howard and..."


@FranJurga writes: (Click on the headline to read the full article) This is a great addition to our "horse town news" series of announcements about Olympic equestrians. Here's an eventing groom getting some well-earned press in her hometown paper in British Columbia!


Grooms deserve a lot of credit and it's nice to see Dana--as well as Rebecca and Team Canada--getting some!


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Olympic Dressage: Poland to field dressage team for first time since 1980 - Horse & Hound

Olympic Dressage: Poland to field dressage team for first time since 1980 - Horse & Hound | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Poland is to have a dressage team at this summer’s Olympics, for the first time since 1980...


@franjurga writes: Hooray for Poland! That country has the most amazing horse traditions and history you haven't ever read about (yet). 


If Nebraska is the bread basket of the United States, Poland was historically the "horse basket" of Europe.


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Olympic Jumping: Rodrigo Pessoa on the CAS Decision Allowing Saudi Show Jumpers to Compete in London

Olympic Jumping: Rodrigo Pessoa on the CAS Decision Allowing Saudi Show Jumpers to Compete in London | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: So far, this interview with Brazilian showjumper Rodrigo Pessoa is available only in French; hopefully a reliable translation will be available.


The interviewer, Swiss journalist Alain Poudret, engages Pessoa in a Q and A about his feelings about the reduced suspension time for two Saudi Arabian showjumpers. The riders appealed their FEI suspension to the higher level Court of Arbitration in Sport, which lessened their suspension, conveniently making it possible for them to compete at London in the Olympics.


Rodrigo criticizes the process and the decision, without apology.


I first saw it on Jumpinews.com earlier today.


Politics surrounding the Olympics abound, and the Internet and social media will make it possible for everyone's opinions to be heard. How effecitvely people release and route the news will be interesting to watch.


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Olympic Eventing: LOCOG performs U-turn on Olympic eventing horse inspection - Horse & Hound

Olympic Eventing: LOCOG performs U-turn on Olympic eventing horse inspection - Horse & Hound | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
Spectators with tickets to the showjumping phase, on Tuesday 31 July, will be allowed to view the final horse inspection, LOCOG revealed today...


@franjurga writes: HOORAY!


Click on the headline to read the story from Horse and Hound.


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Olympic Jumping: Australia's Edwina Alexander Launches Her New Biography in Monaco Tomorrow | EdwinaAlexander.com

Olympic Jumping: Australia's Edwina Alexander Launches Her New Biography in Monaco Tomorrow | EdwinaAlexander.com | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Edwina writes: "During the Global Champions Tour in Monaco I will present my book. The biography is written by Virginie Coupérie with fun cartoons by JUL. The book is based on many, many interviews we had the last months. And I'm proud about the result.


"The book will officially be published on Friday June 29th in Monaco at the show at 19.30 hrs. Off course there will be a signing session. At first we launch the French version. In a couple of weeks -and before the start of the London Olympics - we will publish the English version."


@FranJurga writes: This is classic Edwina. It's been a long time since she lived in Australia, obviously: the first edition of her autobiography is in French!


Edwina's husband is Dutch showjumping impresario Jan Tops, and the Australian superstar is often seen hobnobing with Euro royalty types. The launch will be in Monaco, she's sponsored by Italian dream clothier Gucci...and she's headed to London for the Olympics.


Can you get any more international than that?


Edwina is definitely on the glamour circuit--I'd wager that her book will be widely read.


Click on the top headline to go this article.


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Olympic Dressage: Row over Australian team defies resolution

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@FranJurga writes: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has not reached--or at least not announced--a decision in Hayley Beresford's claim that she should be riding for her country at London.


To add to the sticky mix, Hayley outrode two riders who were selected to represent Australia, with a higher score at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany on Thursday.


Stay tuned...and click on the headline at the top to read the full story from Sydney.


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OLYMPIC EVENTING: French eventing team named for London 2012 | An Eventful Life

OLYMPIC EVENTING: French eventing team named for London 2012 | An Eventful Life | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

An Eventful Life lists the French riders who will be competing at London...and there's Nicolas Touzaint at the top of the list!


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Olympic Humor: Team USA's Famous "Dressage Finger" Explained--and Given Away--via @SmartPak

Don't be caught waving around the wrong "dressage finger." Get your "Dressage is #1" Foam Finger at SmartPak today...


@FranJurga writes: Big fun this week with SmartPak's campaign to promote the now-famous "Dressage Finger" waved at Stephen Colbert.


Our friends at @SmartPak are giving away the foam fingers with every sale. But first watch this funny video about all the different fingers you might see around the sport of dressage!


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Olympic Commercials: London Calling! – Discover LEQ Blog

Olympic Commercials: London Calling! – Discover LEQ Blog | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

One of the best commercials related to the Olympics is one we’ll never see here in the USA.


British Airways–known for clever ads even without the Olympics–has been in the Olympic spirit for the past few years and their ads have been fun. But this time, they succeeded because they did exactly what you’d expect them not to do.


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Olympic Eventing: Piggy French Withdraws, Nicola Wilson Called Up for Team GB – Discover LEQ Blog

Olympic Eventing: Piggy French Withdraws, Nicola Wilson Called Up for Team GB – Discover LEQ Blog | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@Fran Jurga writes: The equestrian world was stunned to learn today that British eventer Piggy French has withdrawn from the Team GB eventing squad.


According to an announcement from the team, her horse DHI Topper W has incurred an injury and will not be fit to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the equestrian (eventing) competitions.


Click on the bold headline to read the complete story on my Olympics blog.


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Olympic Jumping: Equestrian Jumping athletes selected to Team GB

Olympic Jumping: Equestrian Jumping athletes selected to Team GB | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today confirmed the four jumping athletes and their horses that will compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


@franjurga writes: Great Britain is fielding three teams at their home Games--and they all have a great chance to medal. The showjumping team is no exception!


I'm particularly happy to see that Ben Maher and Tripple X were named to the team. Both Ben and Nick Skelton, who was also named, were in Wellington at the Winter Equestrian Festival and Ben's horse is an amazing specimen--and a stallion. I think he'll take your breath away! 


Nick was just given the honor of the OBE by the Queen--quite a year for the comeback veteran!


Be sure to click on the headline at the top and read the official announcement from Team GB!


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OLYMPIC EVENTING: BARBURY HORSE TRIALS DAY THREE: Kiwis lead 1-2-3 as Olympians round off Games preparations

OLYMPIC EVENTING: BARBURY HORSE TRIALS DAY THREE: Kiwis lead 1-2-3 as Olympians round off Games preparations | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Andrew Nicholson, World Equestrian Games bronze medalist two years ago, leads on Avebury, with his fellow New Zealanders Jonathan Paget (Clifton Lush) and Mark Todd (NZB Campino) second and third, respectively.


@franjurga writes: This article, in the local paper, interviews Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt, Piggy French and Mary King (a.k.a. Team GB for London) and only mentions who was leading in passing!

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EEE: Wellington Warmblood Dead | The Jurga Report

EEE: Wellington Warmblood Dead | The Jurga Report | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

Mike Short, DVM, Equine Program Manager for the State of Florida Veterinary Office in Tallahassee was in his office late on a Friday afternoon and took time out to answer some questions about this outbreak.


@franjurga writes: The horse that died had not traveled in the past month. It was a three-year-old warmblood gelding and had been in Wellington.


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Olympic City: Rings added to Tower Bridge to mark one month to London 2012

Olympic City: Rings added to Tower Bridge to mark one month to London 2012 | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

The Olympic Games put their imprint on London in a new way this week when a giant set of Olympic rings was put into place on Tower Bridge.


The rings are 25 metres wide and 11.5 metres tall and will be brought into life by a light show on Wednesday evening, along with the new illuminations on the bridge.


'The Olympic rings are an iconic symbol, inspiring athletes and uniting people around the world,' said London 2012 chief and double Olympic gold medallist Lord Coe.


@franjurga writes: (Click on the headline to read the full article) Less than 30 days! What a great idea to mount the rings on the symbolic tourist-icon bridge!


Did these two plan to wear the same color suits and ties?


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Olympic Eventing: Background on Logistics of Horse Inspections at the Olympics | franzvenhaus.com

Olympic Eventing: Background on Logistics of Horse Inspections at the Olympics | franzvenhaus.com | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

@franjurga writes: (Click on the headline to read the full article) Australia's Franz Venhaus explains the logistics that were involved in staging the vet inspections before and during the Sydney Olympics eventing in 2000.


If you have a stake in eventing or are concerned about transparency related to equine welfare in general, it is important to understand all aspects of the issue.


Photo credit: Kitty King trotting up High Havoc at Burghley International Horse Trials in 2011, file image courtesy of the event.


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Olympic Teams: Time-lapse of Team GB House being built for London 2012

Team GB house will be the headquarters of the British Olympic Association during the London 2012 games. Watch as the time-lapse follows the 12 weeks of work ...


@franjurga writes: The host nation for London 2012 has spared no expense to create a state-of-the-art clubhouse high about London.


Watch as the time-lapse follows the 12 weeks of work that went into the British Olympic Association's project, including 6000 man hours and over 3,000 cups of tea.


Would that be one cup of tea every two hours per person?


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Olympic DNA: Will We Ever See Cloned Equine Athletes at the Games? | The Telegraph

Olympic DNA: Will We Ever See Cloned Equine Athletes at the Games? | The Telegraph | Fran Jurga: Equestrian Sport News | Scoop.it

"Exact copies are making headway in the sport but there is also stiff resistance," reports Cal Flyn.


"It was not until earlier this month [June] that the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), showjumping’s governing body, gave the go ahead for clones and their progeny to compete at a professional level.


"However, many of the biggest names in showjumping remain resistant. Only two major breeding registers, Studbook Zangersheide and the Anglo European Studbook, will accept clones onto their books."


@franjurga writes: Reproduction politics is a global debate--and even an inter-species debate. Will people's religious views transfer to equine clones? Can you be against human abortion--ending life, in the views of some--yet in favor of cloning animals--manufacturing life, in the views of some?


The FEI's decision reminds me of a joke a few years ago--I forget where I saw it--about a future three-day event open only to the offspring of Australian team eventer Lucinda Fredericks' great mare Headly Brittanica. The mare is well-known for being bred and having her embryos transferred to surrogate mares.


Maybe it's not a joke anymore...Stay tuned for more on this subject.


Click on the headline to read the full article in The Telegraph.


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