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Olympic Riders Give Footing Rave Reviews

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

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U.S. Dressage Riders Shine in Grand Prix Special

August 17, 2008

The dressage riders temporarily reclaimed the ring from the show jumpers Saturday night at Sha Tin. Although Germany continued to rule, the Americans put in an impressive showing.

Two U.S. riders competed. Steffen Peters and Ravel were... Read More

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Equine Pampering of Olympic Proportions

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

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Brentina Declared Sound after Uncharacteristic Olympic Performance

August 15, 2008

After receiving the lowest score of her career (63.00%), all of Brentina's connections were concerned that--despite giving great performances in training every day leading up to the Games--there might have been something physically wrong with th... Read More

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Olympics: U.S. Show Jumpers Represent at First Individual Qualifier

August 15, 2008

The main arena at Sha Tin was turned from a dressage ring into a grand prix course Friday night, as the jumping horses finally got their chance to compete. The U.S. contingent was the only team to lay down three double clear rounds.

In all,... Read More

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Three Olympic Equestrian Disciplines, Three Veterinary Updates

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

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Surgery on Swedish Olympic Event Horse a Success, Vets Say

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

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All Olympic Show Jumping Horses Pass Vet Inspection

August 14, 2008

A total of 87 Jumping horses were presented for veterinary inspection at the Olympic equestrian venue in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. All passed with flying colors, with no visitors to the holding box.

There were three changes to the Olympic Jumping... Read More

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Olympics: Germany is Tops Again in Team Dressage

August 14, 2008

Germany won team gold in Olympic equestrian grand prix dressage Thursday, extending the country's winning streak in the event since 1984.

The Netherlands took silver and Denmark the bronze.

Germany's three riders earned an average of... Read More

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Cooling Systems Help Olympic Horses Beat the Heat

August 13, 2008

Years of in-depth preparation, planning, and some luck combined to make cross-country at the 2008 Olympics a success, according to vets on the scene.

"We were lucky with the weather," said Foreign Veterinary Delegate Leo Jeffcott, MA,... Read More

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U.S. Event Rider Dutton Disqualified for Illegal Equipment

August 13, 2008

During the show jumping portion of the eventing competition at the 2008 Olympic Games, U.S. rider Phillip Dutton had two uncharacteristic rails down in the first round aboard Connaught. The 15-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding... Read More

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Olympics: British Show Jumping Horse Reported Lame, Withdrawn

August 13, 2008

The British Olympic Association and the British Olympic Equestrian Team have decided to withdraw Portofino 63, ridden by Michael Whitaker, from the show jumping competition due to lameness.

The team veterinarian has carried out an extensive... Read More

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Veterinary Updates from Hong Kong

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

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Brazilian Dressage Horse Fails Inspection; Team Withdrawn

August 12, 2008

Brazilian dressage fans' hopes for team success at these Olympics were dashed when team horse Nilo VO failed his veterinary re-inspection.

The horse was sent to the holding box with Rogério Clementino yesterday, at which time the... Read More

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Germany Wins Eventing Gold Medals

August 12, 2008

Germany had a big night Tuesday in equestrian competition, taking gold medals in both team and individual eventing.

Hinrich Romeike won the individual title, scoring 54.2 penalty points on Marius to edge the American silver-medalist Gina Miles... Read More

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USEF Blogs the Olympic Equestrian Events, Hong Kong Experience

August 12, 2008

Brian Sosby, editor of Equestrian magazine, publication of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), is maintaining a blog while in Hong Kong for the equestrian... Read More

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Olympic Eventing: Germans Win Team Gold, U.S. Rider Gets Silver

August 12, 2008

Australia took the early lead in the 2008 Olympic eventing team competition, winning the dressage phase with strong performances. But the German team surpassed the Aussies on cross-country and refused to relinquish the lead, remaining in front... Read More

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Olympic Eventing: Additional Injuries Reported

August 12, 2008

Peter Flarup of Denmark and Silver Ray rocketed up from 45th place after dressage to 20th place after having a fantastic cruise around the track during yesterday's cross-country at Beas River, but there were concerns about a front leg later in... Read More

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Olympic Eventing: U.S. Team Falters on Cross Country

August 11, 2008

Seventy horses took on Mike Etherington-Smith's eight-minute cross country course at the Beas River venue in Hong Kong. None achieved the optimum time, and only one rider escaped with time penalties in the single digits (Australia's Shane Rose... Read More

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Olympic Eventing: Cross-Country Wet, But a Bright Day for Sport

August 11, 2008

The good news is that the anxiously awaited eventing cross-country competition at the 2008 Olympic Games was a success, with careful planning and course design, the weather, and a dollop of luck combining to produce a four-hour contest with no... Read More

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Eventing Is Early Focus of 2008 Equestrian Olympic Competition

August 10, 2008

Rain, more rain, and some tense moments in the trot-up

The number eight is considered lucky by the Chinese--that's why the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Games were held on 8-08-08--but Aug. 8 proved a bit of a... Read More

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Tropical Storm Dampens Olympic Equestrian Venue, Clears Air

August 09, 2008

The wind and rain that buffeted the Olympic equestrian venue this week has dampened everyone except the horses, according to the Associated Press article at Seattle... Read More

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Watch Olympic Equestrian Events Live on the Web

August 09, 2008

Did you know you can watch the Olympics live on your computer even when they aren't on television?

Visit nbcolympics.com to watch live streaming video of Olympic equestrian... Read More

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Olympic Equestrian Results Day 1

August 09, 2008

Find out Olympic equestrian event results and schedules on nbcolympics.com.

Current top standings for Individual Eventing Dressage Day 1 ar... Read More

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Live From the Equestrian Olympics Blog Aug. 9

August 09, 2008

Don't miss today's blog (Aug. 9) from award-winning equestrian journalist Jennifer Bryant at TheHorse.com/blogs/equestrian-olympics/. She will be giving us behind-the-scenes looks... Read More