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


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


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


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


USEF Names Olympic Equestrian Teams

July 14, 2008

Pending U.S. Olympic Committee approval, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named the following horse/rider combinations to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

The equestrian portion of the games will be held in Hong Kong. The... Read More


Olympic Equestrian Events to Get Television Coverage

July 14, 2008

NBC Universal will be airing 3,600 hours of coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This includes the equestrian events, which will be taking place in Hong Kong.

The schedule is as follows:

Date: Program--Time (EST) on... Read More


Chicago Could Host 2016 Olympics, Equestrian Site Selected

July 12, 2008

Chicago is one of seven international cities in the running to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Although some might not object to running the cross country phase of eventing through Millennium Park, bid organizers have already chosen a more... Read More


Olympic Horse Venues Show Focus on Comfort, Safety, Environment

July 01, 2008

As the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games draw ever-closer, it is time to take a look at the venues and facilities provided by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) which will ensure that the jumping, dressage, and eventing horses and riders... Read More


Animal Welfare Group Tours Hong Kong Olympic Stables

June 25, 2008

Representatives of the Animal Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) visited the Sha Tin and Beas River Olympic equestrian facilities in Hong Kong June 24.

"It's very impressive," said AWAG spokesperson Chan Pui-tin. "Before I came here I had a lot... Read More


British Event Horse Toytown Injured, Out of Olympics

June 11, 2008

Zara Phillips, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, has pulled out of the Beijing Olympics equestrian competition because of an injury to her horse.

The horse, Toytown, was injured during training.

A reserve rider and horse... Read More


Eventing Rule Change will Apply at 2008 Olympics

June 06, 2008

The International Olympic Committee and the Bureau of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) have approved an eventing rule change proposed by the FEI eventing committee and safety subcommittee

The new rule states that horses... Read More


Shetland Ponies Donated to Hong Kong Equestrian Federation

June 06, 2008

In a gesture of goodwill, the American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) is sending a gift of two American Shetland ponies to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation to salute their efforts for hosting the 2008 Equestrian Olympics. The two Shetland riding... Read More


Theodore O'Connor Euthanized

May 28, 2008

Theodore O'Connor, the 13-year-old eventing "super pony" was euthanized today as a result of an injury sustained in an accident at Karen and David O'Connor's barn in The Plains, Va., according to a statement released by the U.S. Equestrian... Read More


O'Connors Release Statement on Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia

May 28, 2008

David and Karen O'Connor have released a statement regarding the euthanasia of Theodore O'Connor.

The statement reads:

"'Teddy' got frightened and bolted. He slipped running back to the barn and suffered a severe laceration to his hind... Read More


Vet Calls Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia 'The Right Thing to Do'

May 28, 2008

"Karen and David (O'Connor) would have done anything to let this little guy have a shot," said Kent Allen, DVM, one of the three veterinarians who attended Theodore O'Connor following the gelding's catastrophic injury this morning and a long-tim... Read More


Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue Changes Hands

May 27, 2008

The Hong Kong Jockey Club yesterday handed over the Olympic equestrian venue at Sha Tin to the organizers of the Olympic Equestrian Events.

"The Hong Kong Jockey Club made the decision to build the best venues for the Olympic horses and... Read More


67-Year-Old Equestrian Bound for 2008 Olympics

May 20, 2008

Most people tailor their activity level to their age, with each decade inviting a reassessment of energy levels, ability, and ambition. But not 67-year-old equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu. Forty-four years after he finished in 40th place at the Tokyo... Read More


Getting Horses to the Olympics (Book Excerpt)

May 19, 2008

From the days before air travel, when horses traveled by boat to reach competitions on faraway shores, to modern times, when horses and riders alike rack up their share of frequent-flyer miles, Olympic Games-bound mounts have endured their share... Read More


Brazilian Olympic Horse Treated at University of Florida

May 10, 2008

After surviving an odyssey of complicated medical problems and difficult surgeries, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse named Livello has lived to train another day and is recuperating back in his home country, thanks to University of Florida... Read More


Racetrack Turf Expertise Brought to Hong Kong Cross Country Course

April 28, 2008

The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More


Holder Holds Lead Going into Stadium Jumping

April 27, 2008

With a faultless cross-country round, Becky Holder moved a giant step closer to winning her first Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam. Holder, of Mendota Heights, Minn., has kept her number one placing since Thursday, aboard... Read More


One Week Left for 20% Photo Store Discount

April 24, 2008

To celebrate the launch of its new Pictopia photo store, TheHorse.com is offering a 20% discount on all framed and unframed images for one more week, ending April 30 (enter coupon code THApril20 when checking out).

Spruce up the walls i... Read More


J. Michael Plumb First Equestrian to be Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

April 18, 2008

Karch Kiraly, three-time U.S. Olympian in volleyball (1984, 1988 and 1996) and three-time gold medalist, leads the distinguished Class of 2008 that will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Presented by Allstate. The induction ceremony... Read More


New Drug Protocol Planned for Hong Kong Olympic Horses

April 11, 2008

The international equestrian federation (Fédération Equestre Internationale, FEI) is stepping up the fight against medication use in equine athletes to avoid a repeat of the situation following the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"Athens wa... Read More


Olympic Horse Transporter Aims for 'First Class' Service

April 07, 2008

Martin Atock has seen a lot of things in the more than 20 years he has spent coordinating international equine travel. Atock is managing director of Peden Bloodstock, the official Olympic horse transportation company.

In 1990 he was... Read More