After 2 days of dressage for the eventing competition at the 2012 London Olympics, there’s less than 2 points seperating the top 9 horses and riders, making things incredibly close. Germany is holding onto the team gold position (119.10 penalties), with Australia in silver (122.10 penalties) and Great Britain in bronze (127.00 penalties).
… but one thing that can be guaranteed, things will change after the next 2 phases, the cross country & show jumping
Quietly spoken, 36 year old Japanese rider, Yoshiaki Oiwa riding Noonday De Conde, is currently in 1st place with a score of 38.10, followed closely by Italian rider, Stefano Brecciaroli on Apollo WD Wendi Kurt Hoev on a score of 38.50. New Zealand superstar, Mark Todd, is in 3rd place on a score of 39.10 after his impressive ride on Campino.
Interestingly enough, Yoshiaki Oiwa, is based with and trained by fellow Olympic rider, Dirk Schrade from Germany who’s currently just 0.70 penalty points away in 6th place on a score of 39.80. Obviously Dirk’s not just a good rider but an excellent trainer!
For full results from the eventing at the Olympics, click here.
For all you budding Olympians out there, there’s no better way to learn than by watching how the professionals do things! That’s why I’ve compiled this collection of videos of some of the top riders in the world doing their dressage tests in the dressage phase of the eventing at the London Olympics 2012.
You’ll find a wide selection of riders…some of the tests are better than others, but I’m sure you’ll learn something from each of them. It might not be how you should do things, but rather how not to do things . [click to continue…]
With the 2 days of dressage for the eventing in the London Olympics 2012 now finished, Mark Todd is sitting in 3rd place on a score of 39.10 after a brilliant dressage test on his horse, Campino. You can find a video of the full test below.
Mark Todd, now the second oldest New Zealand Olympian in history at the age of 56, has competed at 6 Olympic Games and won gold at 2 of them (& bronze at a third). Many people will probably remember him most fondly for [click to continue…]
Knowing what your horse’s normal heart rate, respiration rate and temperature should be, is something that we often don’t think about…until we have a sick horse.
In spite of having owned horses for almost 20 years now, this is something I’ve been guilty of myself . If I was doing endurance riding or 3 day eventing, and was dealing with this all the time, then naturally I’d know the answer straight away, but I’m not so it’s something that gets pushed to the bottom of the memory bank.
I have a rough idea, & can tell if a horse is obviously breathing too fast or their heart is really racing, but I couldn’t say how far above normal it is .
So, what are the ‘normal’ vital signs for a horse?
As with any animal, there’s quite a range which is considered ‘normal’, but here’s what you need to know. [click to continue…]
Just over 10 years ago, I used to be out at a dressage or eventing competition almost every weekend, but since married life, kids & my own business have come along I don’t get out as much as I used to! Anyway, I have a dressage competition coming up in about four weeks, so for [...]
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