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Beth Rasin

August 16, 2008

Imke Schellekens-Bartels Withdraws

Dutch rider Imke Schellekens-Bartels made the difficult decision to withdraw Sunrise from the Olympic dressage competition prior to the Grand Prix Special.  Schellekens-Bartels and Sunrise helped the Dutch take team silver with a Grand Prix test that scored 70.87 percent.  She was ranked fifth in the Grand Prix individually, though riders will start the Special and freestyle for the individual competition with a clean slate.

August 15, 2008

U.S. Jumpers On Form In First Qualifier

In the first individual show jumping qualifier, Aug. 15 in Hong Kong, China, the U.S. jumpers posted three clears and one four-fault round. As a result of tonight’s competition, the U.S team—the only team to finish on 0 faults after dropping one score—will compete last in the team competition, which starts Sunday.

August 15, 2008

Team Vet Confirms Brentina's Health

A thorough examination by U.S. team veterinarian Dr. Rick Mitchell determined that Brentina is sound and well, despite scoring a 63.00 percent, the lowest score of her career, with Debbie McDonald in the Grand Prix at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, China, Aug. 14.

August 14, 2008

U.S. Dressage Team Finishes Just Outside Medals


After years as the stalwart of the U.S. team, Brentina gave a heartbreaking performance for Debbie McDonald in their final appearance together, Aug. 14 in Hong Kong, China, scoring an uncharacteristic 63.00 percent.

August 13, 2008

Three Show Jumping Horses Out Of The Action

Michael Whitaker's horse, Portofino, has been withdrawn from the British team for Olympic show jumping competition, along with two other horses. Alvaro Mirando Neto of Brazil withdrew Ad Picolien, and Daniel Meech of New Zealand withdrew Sorbas.

Of the 87 horses presented at the horse inspection on Aug. 14, all passed.

Whitaker isn't sure exactly what's wrong with Portofino, a 14-year-old mare. "She's still lame," he said. "She was very sound when she came and for five days, and then she went lame. Now that she's definitely out, we'll try to get to the bottom of it."

August 13, 2008

Germans Own Eventing Gold But Miles Claims Silver

Germany may have earned all the gold medals in eventing, but Gina Miles brought the individual silver home to the United States, knocking German Ingrid Klimke and Australian Megan Jones off the leaderboard with her two perfect show jumping rounds.

Hinrich Romeike won individual gold and led the Germans to team gold, and Tina Cook of Great Britain earned team and individual bronze medals. Australia brought home silver in the team competition.

August 13, 2008

King-Dye Stands Fourth After First Day Of Dressage

The Dutch were expected to give Germany a run for the gold in Olympic dressage, but after the first day of team competition, Aug. 13 in Hong Kong, the Dutch had a few mistakes, and the Germans—although they’ve only started one rider so far—may be too far ahead to catch.

August 12, 2008

All Horses Pass Final Inspection

Gina Miles suffered some nervous moments in the final horse inspection on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 12, as McKinlaigh, lying in fifth place for the United States, was held for re-inspection. He passed upon re-inspection, as did Ringwould Jaguar, the only other horse to be held, for Sonja Johnson of Australia. The rest of the horses looked amazingly fresh, acting more like it was the first inspection instead of the final.

August 11, 2008

Germans Take Over As U.S. Drops Out Of Contention On Cross-Country

The U.S. team had a tough day at Beas River, on Michael Etherington-Smith's cross-country course, with Gina Miles and Phillip Dutton the bright spots in a dramatic day of competition. Miles stands fifth, and Dutton is 14th, while the team dropped to seventh following the elimination of Amy Tryon, two runouts for Karen O’Connor and a runout and technical refusal for Becky Holder.

August 10, 2008

Fredericks Stays Ahead Of The Pack At Conclusion Of Dressage

No one could overtake Lucinda Fredericks’ or Karin Donckers’ top scores from yesterday’s dressage (30.4 and 31.7), but Ingrid Klimke slipped into third for Germany today, Aug. 10, on a score of 33.5.

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