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How Olympic Modern Pentathlon (Which Includes Horse Show Jumping) is Scored

August 09, 2008

Modern pentathlon consists of five events--pistol shooting, epee fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, and running.

A maximum score of 200 points in the shooting portion equates to 1,336 modern pentathlon points.... Read More

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Man Protests China's Human Rights Record Near Olympic Equestrian Event Venue

August 08, 2008

A British man was taken away after unfurling banners that denounced China's human rights record on a major bridge in Hong Kong ahead of the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony Friday.

Other protesters critical of China's human rights... Read More

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U.S. Olympic Horses Shine at First Horse Inspection

August 08, 2008

Before the 2008 Olympic Games officially began, the U.S. Eventing riders had an important task at hand: to make sure their horses were sound and ready to perform. All five American horses sailed through the first horse inspection today and are a... Read More

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Hong Kong Equestrian Team Aims High

August 08, 2008

The Hong Kong Olympic equestrian team is one of the youngest in jumping events, and team members will do their best in the coming competition, Team Chef d'Equipe Sacha Eckjans said.

The Hong Kong team, which includes 30-year-old Samantha... Read More

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Hong Kong's Shetland Pony Ambassadors are 'Precious' and 'Remarkable'

August 07, 2008

A prize-presentation ceremony was held Aug. 7 for the winner of a naming competition for two Shetland ponies donated by the American Shetland Pony Club to Hong Kong to celebrate the city's hosting of the Olympic equestrian... Read More

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French Eventing Horse is Withdrawn from Olympics

August 07, 2008

The French eventing squad suffered a heavy blow Aug. 7 with the news that Jean Teulere's star performer Espoir de la Mare has been withdrawn from the 2008 Olympic Games on veterinary advice.

The 16-year old gelding aggravated an old... Read More

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Olympic Blog by Jennifer Bryant on TheHorse.com

August 07, 2008

Jennifer Bryant, author of Olympic Equestrian: A Century of International Horse Sport, will offer first-hand accounts from Hong Kong, site of the 2008 Olympic Equestrian events, in a Read More

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Open Letter Welcoming the U.S. Equestrian Team to Hong Kong

August 06, 2008

(Editor's note: The following letter is from the Hong Kong Commissioner to the U.S., Margaret Fong to the U.S. Equestrian Team competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.)

Hong Kong Co-Hosts 2008 Beijing Olympic and... Read More

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Olympic Horses Unaffected by Tropical Storm; Arrival Postponed for Some

August 06, 2008

None of the Olympic equestrian horses in Hong Kong have been affected by the heavy rains and winds brought in by Severe Tropical Storm Kammuri, a spokesman for the equestrian company said Wednesday, Aug. 6.

"The horses have taken advantage of... Read More

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Olympic Horse Safety: Team Monitors Hong Kong Weather

August 05, 2008

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has deployed a dedicated team of meteorologists to provide weather information at the equestrian event venues to ensure that both the organizers and the public are fully informed of the weather conditions during... Read More

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Hong Kong Riders' Olympic Horses Arrive

August 04, 2008

Hong Kong's first-ever Olympic equine athletes flew in from Amsterdam this morning ready for the final preparations for the Olympic Equestrian Events. They will face their first jumping rounds Aug. 15.

Kenneth Cheng's Olympic ride Jockey... Read More

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Olympics: NBC Offers Streaming Video of Equestrian Events

August 04, 2008

Equestrian enthusiasts will get to watch the 2008 Olympic competition in dressage, eventing, and show jumping from start-to-finish, thanks to NBC's decision to stream 2,200 hours of live coverage of 25 sports at Read More

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Wins Green Building Award For Olympic Venue

August 02, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has won a Green Building Award for its Olympic equestrian venue construction. Secretary for Development Mrs Carrie Lam presented the Grand Award in the Existing Building Category - Alterations & Additions to the... Read More

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Ohio State Veterinarian Faces Familiar Challenges at 2008 Olympics

August 01, 2008

Catherine Kohn, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, will be part of a multinational team of veterinarians caring for horses competing at the 2008 Olympics.... Read More

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Liverpool Equine Veterinarians at Heart of Olympics

August 01, 2008

Three members of University of Liverpool staff will lend their expertise and support to the equestrian teams competing in this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Peter Bowling, BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, lecturer and clinical director of the... Read More

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Readers Respond: Olympic Fever

July 31, 2008

More than 1,200 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How will you watch the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games?"

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Dressage Rider Morse Withdraws from Olympics

July 31, 2008

Leslie Morse has withdrawn Kingston from the U.S. Olympic Team in Dressage for veterinary reasons.

Following the selection procedures, the United States Equestrian federation (USEF) named Michael Barisone and Neruda as the designated... Read More

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USEF Partners with Succeed Digestive Conditioning Program

July 31, 2008

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) recently announced a new partnership and multi-year agreement with Succeed, an equine digestive conditioning program, as the "Official Digestive Conditioning Product of the USEF."

Succeed... Read More

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White Withdraws Horse from Olympic Event Team; O'Connor to Replace

July 29, 2008

Heidi White has withdrawn Northern Spy from the U.S. Olympic eventing team for veterinary reasons. Following the selection procedures, the United States Equestrian Federation has named Karen O'Connor and Mandiba to the team.

This will be... Read More

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Olympic Horses Arrive in Hong Kong

July 29, 2008

Nearly 70 equine athletes in the Olympic Equestrian Events have landed in Hong Kong, stepping off their flights and being whisked by first-class transport to spacious and cool accommodations in Sha Tin. The cosmopolitan horses represent 18... Read More

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Elective Drug Testing Offered for All Olympic Horses

July 28, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club's racing laboratory will be offering post-arrival elective testing for all horses coming to Hong Kong for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic equestrian events at the request of the Fédération Equestre International... Read More

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Olympic Equestrian Arrangements are Years in the Making

July 27, 2008

The decision to hold the equestrian competitions of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Hong Kong continues to be a topic of interest and debate. The events were moved because competition organizers sought to minimize the risk o... Read More

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First Batch of Olympic Horses Arrives in Hong Kong

July 26, 2008

The first batch of more than 200 horses taking part in next month's Olympic equestrian events arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday (July 26) to begin their acclimatization to the city's tropical heat, organizers said.

Upon their arrival, the... Read More

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Olympic Horse Transport Team Ready to Roll

July 22, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club recently trotted out its tried and true horse transportation system for the local media, demonstrating how the fleet will safely and efficiently whisk Olympic equines to and from their competitions in three weeks.... Read More

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Local Media Tour Hong Kong Horse Hospital

July 14, 2008

High-tech horse diagnostics were recently on display as the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Equine Hospital hosted a tour for local journalists.

The visiting media were shown some of the high-tech equipment used in the hospital. Demonstrations... Read More