One of America’s Greatest Olympians Ran Against Horses to Earn a Living

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Features, Training|Tags: , , , |

In 1935, at the age of 22, he set three world records and tied a fourth in less than an hour at the Big Ten Track Meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sportswriters dubbed it “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport!” The following year he won more Olympic gold medals than any man before him. Jesse [...]

Retiring from the Top Rung of the Ladder

April 7th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

This week Nick Skelton, 59, announced his retirement from show jumping. His partner, Big Star, the 14 year-old KWPN stallion will also be retired. Nick became Britain’s second oldest Olympic gold medalist at the Rio Olympics in 2016. His jumping achievements include 16 championship medals – two Olympic golds, five world championships, nine European medals and [...]

Historical Footnotes – Failed Olympic Equestrian Events

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

In modern times, the Olympics have indulged some downright strange competitions, many seem more appropriate of picnics and county fairs than a sporting event showcasing the world’s most elite athletes. When I was a kid, we used to do this in the neighbor’s pool oblivious that it was once a heralded Olympic event - the Distance [...]

A Century of Change Made by Leaps and Bounds – Olympic Eventing Then and Now

August 9th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , , |

Eventing began at the turn of the last century. Each phase was designed as a test to demonstrate the abilities of horse and rider; dressage a showcase of the horse’s elegance and obedience to rider, cross country a grueling test of stamina and courage and show jumping to prove the horse’s fitness. In 1912, eventing became [...]

2400 Years Ago the First Woman Won an Olympic Event

August 4th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

The society of ancient Greece (800 to 146 BC) cultivated a demeaning role for women. Women were seen as objects with little control over their lives. A woman was confined to the boundaries of her husband or father’s home and in service of domestic duties. Women were restricted from socializing and participating in outside events particularly [...]

Charlotte & Valegro Dance to a New Tune

July 25th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

This past weekend Charlotte and Valegro won the Grand Prix Freestyle class at Hartpury (Gloucestershire UK). That they won is no surprise to those who follow dressage - Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin haven't lost a competition since 2012. What was a bit of a surprise at Hartpury was that they competed with their new Rio-themed music, [...]

Brit Equestrian Holds Olympic Record

May 11th, 2016|Categories: Features|Tags: , , |

I can’t wait for the Rio Olympics to being! The Olympics are a terrific venue of sportsmanship and competition. I am equally interested in past Olympics and their historical footnotes. For instance, did you know the oldest Olympic competitor EVER was a woman AND an equestrian? Hilda Lorna Johnstone was raised around horses and foxhunting. She [...]