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 [...]