Jennifer O. Bryant
Jennifer O. Bryant is editor-at-large of the U.S. Dressage Federation's magazine, USDF Connection. An independent writer and editor, Bryant contributes to many equestrian publications, has edited numerous books, and authored Olympic Equestrian. More information about Jennifer can be found on her site, www.jenniferbryant.net.
Articles by Jennifer O. Bryant
November 03, 2009
Responding to public outcry following the Internet posting of a video showing an international-level dressage competitor warming up a horse using a method some call inhumane, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has Read More
October 07, 2009
Rick Mitchell, DVM, isn't anticipating any major challenges regarding the health or welfare of the horses that will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
"The health concerns are pretty routine," Read More
August 20, 2009
For Christian Ahlmann, the four-month forbidden substance suspension that morphed into an eight-month suspension has its own "long tail"--in Ahlmann's case, a ban against competing in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Ahlmann was suspended Read More
August 19, 2009
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) isn't yet revealing its findings, but on August 14 it announced the completion of its investigation into doping allegations involving riders and officials of the German Equestrian Federation (German Read More
July 11, 2009
Not one tree will be removed from London's oldest Royal Park, the 183-acre Greenwich Park, in converting the space to the site of the 2012 Olympic equestrian and pentathlon events, said Tim Hadaway, equestrian manager for the London Organizing Read More
June 10, 2009
Want to become a member of the German jumping, eventing, or dressage team? Even if you have a medal on your mantelpiece, you'll have to reapply for consideration by the German Olympic Sports Federation.
That's because, as of May 28, there Read More
April 27, 2009
Many horses sport leg protection while working or during turnout. Some horse owners also use "support" boots, which are designed to lessen the strain on their horses' lower-limb tendons and ligaments. But David Marlin, BSc (Hons.), PhD, says some boo Read More
April 03, 2009
Centered Riding founder Sarah "Sally" Swift, of Brattleboro, Vt., whose imaginative approach to equitation and rider biomechanics revolutionized the teaching of riding, died April 2. April 20, 2009, would have been her 96th birthday.
As a Read More
March 18, 2009
Olympic dressage horse Brentina returned to her winter home in California Feb. 23 following colic surgery Feb. 10.
The 18-year-old Hanoverian mare, who has been the partner of Idaho-based dressage rider Debbie McDonald since the age of Read More
February 18, 2009
As colic surgeries go, the procedure that U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Brentina underwent Feb. 10 was "pretty routine," according to her surgeon, Nicole Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in Read More
February 16, 2009
Olympian Debbie McDonald reported Feb. 12 that her equine partner Brentina had downed her first four meals, consisting of soaked timothy pellets, following surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine.
McDonald, of Hailey Read More
February 13, 2009
Brentina, the 18-year-old chestnut Hanoverian mare who has been the partner of U.S. dressage rider Debbie McDonald, underwent surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine. According to news reports, the procedure took place at Read More
February 03, 2009
A Norwegian jumper's positive doping test for capsaicin proved hotter than rider Tony Andre Hansen could handle: It caused him and mount Camiro to be disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games, thereby stripping Norway of its team bronze Read More
November 07, 2008
The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) is headquartered in Switzerland. European nations provide the core of participants in the FEI's eight disciplines. Small wonder, then, that every World Equestrian Games (WEG, the equestrian world Read More
August 30, 2008
With the 2008 Paralympic equestrian events set to begin Sept. 7 and the Paralympic horses already settled in the climate-controlled stables at Sha Tin, the veterinarians' task isn't over yet. But Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Foreign Read More
August 21, 2008
It's stormy here in Hong Kong, and not just because of impending Typhoon Nuri, which threatened to disrupt the individual jumping final, but looks as if it will hold off for most if not all of the Aug. 21 evening competition.
August 21, 2008
Two unusual delays marred Round B, the final round of the 2008 Olympic individual jumping competition, in Hong Kong Aug. 21. The first was a heavy-set man wearing only a pink tutu and black shoes, sporting an advertising slogan inked on his chest. Read More
August 19, 2008
Olympic veterinary services manager Christopher Riggs, BVSc, PhD, DEO, DipECVS, MRCVS, led a group of foreign media representatives through the impressive Olympic veterinary clinic and facilities at the Sha Tin Racecourse, host to all competitio Read More
August 18, 2008
Members of the foreign press were invited to tour the Olympic stables. Access was limited and we didn't get to see all of the stable blocks (we were assured they're all identical), but we got a glimpse of life inside the famously Read More
August 18, 2008
A first individual qualifying round that produced mostly clear, clean rounds might have lulled the jumper riders into a false sense of security at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
There were few penalty-free rounds Aug.17, the firs Read More
August 17, 2008
Like a sieve. That's how riders are describing the footing and underlying drainage system at the main competition arena at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Sha Tin Racecourse. To handle the massive rains that inundate this part of the world on a Read More
August 16, 2008
By now, the Swiss dressage team might be feeling pangs of regret at its decision not to enter the 2008 Olympic equestrian competition.
Citing concerns about weather conditions and pollution, the Swiss Read More
August 15, 2008
Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, is a five-time Olympic Games veterinarian. In Hong Kong 2008, he's the chief treating veterinarian, which means the orthopedic specialist has Read More
August 14, 2008
Swedish event rider Magnus Gallerdal's 2008 Olympic mount, Keymaster, sustained a hairline fracture of the first phalanx (long pastern bone) of his right foreleg August 11, during the cross-country portion of the Olympic eventing competition in Read More
August 12, 2008
Horses and riders initially appeared to have emerged unscathed from yesterday's eventing cross-country competition, but later it was learned that Keymaster, a Swedish team horse under Magnus Gallerdal, pulled up lame in his right foreleg. Read More