Just as France’s Nicolas Touzaint was scheduled to ride, at 9:23 this evening, Brian O’Connor announced that he had withdrawn Galan de Sauvagère, considered one of the favorites of the event after nearly winning the Olympic Games in Athens.
Team coach and Touzaint’s father, Thiery Touzaint, said the horse had been frightened during a thunderstorm the previous morning and fell in his stall. Since the horse seemed fine, the groom did not report the incident until today, when the horse didn’t seem right.
Husband and wife Lucinda and Clayton Fredericks stole the show in the first session of dressage, Aug. 9, on Saturday morning, giving the Australian team quite a lead (67.4) over the second-placed U.S. team (85.8).
Lucinda had the best test of her career with Headley Britannia, scoring a 30.4, almost 7 points ahead of Clayton (37.0). Gina Miles also had her best score to date, to stand third (39.3).
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In the approach to this year’s Olympic Games, some of eventing’s top individual medal contenders—Great Britain’s Toytown and Germany’s Ringwood Cockatoo, for example—were withdrawn with injuries. And the U.S. team wasn’t without its losses, either, most notably in the retirement of team stalwart Winsome Adante last fall and then the untimely passing of Theodore O’Connor this spring.
Even with a broken leg, he remains a “team player” for Arlene “Tuny” Page. After 20 years in the film industry, when Craig Bernstein decided he wanted to change pace and move to Europe, he hit the ground running as a groom for Arlene “Tuny” Page.
Page, of Wellington, Fla., flew him to Germany, where she was training and competing, and two days later Bernstein was grooming for her at the Rotterdam CDI (the Netherlands).
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In 2005, Michael Barisone watched the Triple Crown races with special interest. He saw Afleet Alex stumble in the Preakness Stakes and still sail past his opponents, and then he read an article in The New York Times interviewing the horse’s trainer.
Rolex Kentucky course designer Mike Etherington-Smith of Great Britain has designed the course for the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong and will design the track at the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park.
“A lot of what I’m doing [with changes to this year’s course] is looking forward to 2010. It’s a work in progress, and I’m working from 2010 back, hoping 2010 has a different flavor. I’m looking at new lines and different ways of using the Park,” he said.