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Beth Rasin

August 10, 2008

Time Will Be Of The Essence At Beas River—Take A Walk Around The Olympic Cross-Country Course

Riders have nothing but praise and respect for Michael Etherington-Smith’s creation at Beas River. And tomorrow morning, Aug. 11, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s golf course and country club will feature the best riders in the world before immediately returning to the golfers’ use.

August 9, 2008

French Team Suffers Another Setback

Just as France’s Nicolas Touzaint was scheduled to ride, at 9:23 this evening, Brian O’Connor announced that he had withdrawn Galan de Sauvagère, considered one of the favorites of the event after nearly winning the Olympic Games in Athens.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.

August 8, 2008

Australians Overwhelm First Session Of Dressage

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).

August 7, 2008

Hong Kong Venue Comes To Life With First Horse Inspection

Although a steady rain drenched Hong Kong throughout most of the day today, the two hours during which the first horse inspection of the eventing horses took place remained dry and not too hot.

August 4, 2008

The 2008 International Roster For Olympic Eventing

To download the full roster in PDF format, complete with photos, click here.

The U.S. Team Will Be In The Hunt

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of eventing’s top individual medal contenders—Great Britain’s Toytown and Germany’s Ringwood Cockatoo, for example—were withdrawn with injuries.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.

August 1, 2008

The 2008 Olympic Teams - Eventing

To download the full roster in PDF format, complete with photos, click here.

The U.S. Team Will Be In The Hunt

July 4, 2008

Craig Bernstein Puts His Horses First

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).

July 4, 2008

My Horse Earned His 401(k) A Long Time Ago

We’re often reminded to prepare for our own retirements, but how frequently does it occur to us to think of how our horses will spend their senior years?

Beth Johnson reports in this issue on some well-known athletes who are competing through their later years (p. 24), but obviously not every horse can do this.

June 6, 2008

Fit To Fight In The Dressage Ring

Top dressage riders share their techniques for maximizing their horses’ performance through fitness.

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.

May 8, 2008

Preparing For The WEG At Rolex Kentucky

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.

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