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Road To The Olympics

April 23, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Karen O'Connor, Part 2

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

Rolex Kentucky will be the culmination of a tremendous amount of work throughout the spring by every rider there, and I’m excited to have two lovely horses entered: my Olympic nominees, Mr. Medicott and Veronica. I’m thrilled with how they’ve come through the spring season, and I’m really looking forward to this three-day.

April 9, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Margie Engle, Part 2

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London 2012.

[Indigo] got the week after the USEF show jumping selection trials off—I think he earned it after those four rounds. [Engle and Indigo finished the trials in second place, with just 12 faults, and secured the second spot on the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s show jumping long list for the London Olympics.]

April 3, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Jan Ebeling, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

Rafalca’s been with us for about six years, and she’s 15 now. We found her in Germany through the recommendation of a very good friend of mine, Christian Heinrich. She was at Wolfram Wittig’s stable.

March 29, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Reed Kessler, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

I think no matter what you walk into, you have to say, “I’m trying to win this,” or else you stand no chance. I want to be an international rider, and I want to make it to the Olympics in the future. But since I’m just 17 and this was my first time going through the selection trials process, I didn’t have any expectations.

March 12, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Clark Montgomery, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

There’s something extra special about the spring season of an Olympic year. Although it starts off just the same as all the others, it always feels like there is an added excitement and intensity that goes along with it.

March 5, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Robin Brueckmann, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

Looking ahead toward London, I was really thinking outside the box. All of last year was spent preparing for getting my right leg amputated so I would be more comfortable. [Brueckmann suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a pain disorder. She was classified as a Grade IV para rider in 1998 based on the secondary paralysis in her right lower leg. RSD itself is not classifiable.]

February 29, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Heather Blitz, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

You could say I knew Paragon before he was born because I was training his mother, Pari Lord, to get her ready for her under saddle grading when she was just a 3-year-old. I was breaking a lot of horses for Oak Hill Ranch in Folsom, La., at that point, and she stood out to me as an incredibly rideable one. I just liked her, and I liked her temperament.

February 17, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Karen O'Connor, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

If I were going to stand for anything, I would want to be known as a rider who always keeps an open mind and is always trying to improve. I hope to learn something new every day about how to do a better job with my horses. So as a rider, I’m as committed and passionate as ever about doing the best I can this year, with my sights on London.

February 15, 2012

Road To The Olympics: Margie Engle, Part 1

In this series, the Chronicle follows seven riders as they seek to fulfill their Olympic dreams in London in 2012.

When I got Indigo in the beginning of 2010, I hoped he would have a shot at the Olympics. It was probably the end of February or March by the time he finally got here, because he was coming from Australia. One of the first grand prix classes I rode him in, in early April at the Tampa Bay Classic (Fla.), he won [the $50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa CSI-W]. He was the only double clean.           

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