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William Micklem

April 24, 2011

Todd Takes Over At Badminton

April 24, South Gloucestershire, England

Cross-country day at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI****, and it was a truly great day for Mark Todd. His comeback aim of gold in London next year is now looking like a very real possibility. But possibly not a great day for the sport, and sadly not a good day for North American eventing.

April 23, 2011

Edge Shoots To The Top After Dressage At Badminton CCI****

April 23, South Gloucestershire, England 

Day 2 at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** and the intense pressure of expectations and being viewed by a mammoth world wide audience was more than some riders could handle. I’ve never been to a championship without someone making errors of course in the dressage, and these types of mistakes will be magnified tomorrow on the cross-country.

April 22, 2011

Collett Bests Her Elders On Day 1 At Badminton

April 22, South Gloucestershire, England           

There is no pretense of this being an ordinary Badminton CCI****. The London 2012 Olympic Games drive all the leading riders, and for those aiming for medals, there is one horse and rider combination not competing at this year’s edition of Badminton that is the monkey on their backs.

February 8, 2011

"Risky Business" International Eventing Forum Delivers Training Advice And Good Sense

The provocative title of this year’s International Eventing Forum, “Risky Business,” may not have been quite to everyone’s liking, but the day itself delivered a whole sequence of subtle training treasures for the 350 delegates on Feb. 7 at Hartpury College in Gloucester, England.

Run in partnership by former Olympic eventing judge Jean Mitchell, international coach and judge Eric Smiley and Hartpury College, this annual gathering deserves to be a success with outstanding speakers, facilities and organization.

February 4, 2011

Horses Provide New Legs For Old And New Moments To Seize

Sparks of possibility. Chinks of opportunity. Inch by inch.

Such small talents, such small moments and such small steps are the essence of making something meaningful of our lives. Can we find those “sparks of possibility” in our lives? Can we seize those chinks of opportunity? Can we take those small steps today and tomorrow? Our lives rush by, and for many, lives are cut cruelly short. So every day is important, even if it is a wonderful day of sheer pleasure that a day off can become.

The Payoff

January 2, 2011

The Recipe For A Top Event Horse Calls For Brain, Brawn, Beauty And Breeding

Our columnist shares the tale of breeding Karen O’Connor’s WEG mount Mandiba and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

There were just two of us at the bar. The barman facilitated an introduction after discovering I was at the hotel for a meeting about developing an equestrian facility. Minutes later I was headed down a country road outside Ennis in County Clare, in the west of Ireland. We were off to see a mare “worth seeing, just five minutes down the road.”

December 6, 2010

In Defense Of Eventing: Facing Up To Equine Fatalities

Dressage coach and six-time Olympic rider Robert Dover recently wrote a blog entry about eventing on his website. ” The problem for me is that I am having greater and greater difficulty as I get older, finding a way to legitimize Eventing while horses which have no choice in the matter end up getting killed for the sake of sport.” Columnist William Micklem felt he had to respond.

November 21, 2010

Bert, Jack and Herbert—Part 5: Thoroughbreds Are At The Heart Of Horse Sport

A story of special connection between three of the greatest coaches of all time that can help us all today.

The best rider in the world is nothing without the right horse.

November 2, 2010

Bert, Jack and Herbert—Part 4: Impulsion And A Good Brain Create A Happy Successful Horse

A story of special connection between three of the greatest coaches of all time that can help us all today.

October 4, 2010

Losing At The WEG Teaches As Many Lessons As Winning

It was not a good day for the USA team but a great day for Canada. These were the two extremes at the top end of the WEG scoreboard yesterday, with the USA team slipping out of contention and the Canadian team winning the silver medal.

The British won gold, but they are used to this level of success. To Canada, the team silver medal felt like gold. Their success also cast a huge shadow over the USA team who failed to capitalize on home advantage and win either a team or individual medal.

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