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Jul. 21, 2008, 10:13 AM
Do you know of any olympic equestiran atheletes that are blogging or making regular updates to the websites regarding there experience?

Becky Holder - www.holdereventteam.com
New pictures and snippets.

Anyone else?

Jul. 21, 2008, 01:23 PM
Max Corcoran for OCT - http://special.equisearch.com/blog/maxcorcoran/

Jul. 22, 2008, 05:04 PM
Greg Tryon for Team Tryon - http://teamtryon.blogspot.com/

Also on her website.....her budgets for this trip. What a LARGE amount of money they need to raise.

Jul. 22, 2008, 05:07 PM
rp4241 has been posting on Bonnie Mosser's:

Jul. 22, 2008, 05:08 PM
I had a sudden mental image of Phillip Dutton sitting infront of a computer and typing away and had to laugh a bit.

His website, seems to have regular updates.


Carol Ames
Jul. 22, 2008, 05:19 PM
Thanks everyone! I:yes:t's great to be "in the know":winkgrin:

Jul. 22, 2008, 05:55 PM
I love reading blogs! Thanks for the info. Greg's retelling of their visit to a spa was pretty funny!

Jul. 23, 2008, 09:58 AM
That is an interesting question. Does the housing for the riders have internet service? I know the media all have to pay for their access. I believe it is $400 for the duration of the games.

Jul. 23, 2008, 01:16 PM
OMG!! Becky looks GREAT! And.. Comet doesn't look too shabby either.:winkgrin:

Jul. 23, 2008, 02:41 PM
Greg Tryon for Team Tryon - http://teamtryon.blogspot.com/

Great blog! :yes:

Jul. 27, 2008, 09:53 AM
Thanks-I was wondering about blogs

Regal Grace
Jul. 30, 2008, 09:21 AM
before shipping:

7/29/08 (From Tom) Becky called me last night.
I had already picked up the phone before I realized it was after 3AM in the UK, she couldn't sleep.

The final jog was set for first light in England. Riders and grooms had been instructed to leave horses IN THEIR STALLS until the vet could evaluate them. Warming the horses up was not allowed. This was the final cut---We talked until her phone card ran out. Then I couldn't sleep.

At 3 AM in MN I texted Aubrey (maybe her phone still worked) Did Comet pass the jog?
There was no reply.

At 5:30 this morning the phone rang and I was informed that Becky has deposited more pounds into her cell phone she now had more minutes than she will probably be able to use while she is still in England because, Comet passed the final jog!

They are going to HKG!!!

Trunks of tack are being loaded now. Aubrey leaves this evening, Comet leaves tomorrow morning. Becky flies British Air on Thursday. I will fly out early next week.

I wish them all safe travels.


Sara Lieser
Jul. 30, 2008, 11:47 AM
The Chronicle of the Horse has blogs posted too now! Emma Ford, Phillip Dutton's groom, is blogging for us as is Canada's Samantha Taylor. Go to www.chronofhorse.com and follow the links to read all about their experiences. Yes, it's free!

Jul. 30, 2008, 02:38 PM
I see that several have been updated today after the horses shipped out.

Jul. 30, 2008, 03:19 PM
Here's a link to a really good blog by Kerri McGregor. She's the Assistant Team Manager to Mike Gallagher for the entire Canadian contingent.


Lots of great photos and hopefully she'll update it frequently.

This is a good blog with lots of great pictures.

Flower's Girl
Jul. 31, 2008, 09:59 AM
Wow - I really love reading these blogs! I can't believe how addicted to them I am! And boy can I ever understand what they are going through... I was Stephen Bradley and From's groom for the Athens Olympics and lived through first hand all the stress and work just to have your horse sustain an injury - and BOOM! It is all over!! You get so focused and attached to that animal - being away from him for 5 minutes was uncomfortable for me, I was just constantly worried that he wanted or needed something! The hardest part was when he was out and I had to go back home and be away from him all the time - right when he was injured! It is like taking a drug away from an addict! I currently have a horse boarded with Stephen, and when I walk in the barn my horse and From both nicker and I have treats and love for both of them - that bond never breaks!

Jul. 31, 2008, 10:55 AM
News from Max: they've made it!

You are right FG-- the blogs are addictive.

Jul. 31, 2008, 03:17 PM
Brian O'Connor is the announcer of the equestrian events:

Jul. 31, 2008, 03:22 PM
Anyone know if Wofford will be blogging this year? He always does a fantastic job. I can still remember his description of being awed by watching Anky schooling in Athens and the illusion of Salinero dancing/bouncing across the mountain peaks in the background.

Jul. 31, 2008, 08:00 PM
If anyone cares to check in with showjumping, Beezie Madden is blogging at http://teamusa.usatoday.com/bmadden/.

Jul. 31, 2008, 08:59 PM
Fran Jurga started a great blog focused on all of the equestrian events. She has some great videos/pics on there and alot of info on riders from around the world.
pretty cool

My netvibes page is full of blogs...need more time in my day


Aug. 1, 2008, 08:51 AM
For dressage, Debbie McDonald:

Aug. 1, 2008, 09:49 AM
Check out the Canadian blog. There are great pics. of the super fancy horse vans taking the horses to the venue!

Also, horse shows are the same all over, putting stuff into wheelbarrows and pushing it to the barn. At least everyone pitches in a carries an armload!

The Canadians have some awesome traveling tack trunks. I bet the USA has them too, but I haven't seen any pics. from our aisle yet.

Aug. 1, 2008, 08:40 PM
www.horse-canada.com click on 'blog'

One Star
Aug. 2, 2008, 01:10 PM
Sandra Donnelly and Buenos Aires from Team Canada:



Aug. 4, 2008, 12:13 PM
Thank you everyone!

Are there any blogs out there for the UK and Australian teams????

Aug. 4, 2008, 02:36 PM
Gina has one going, too. http://www.mileseventing.com/GinasJournalOlympics!/FLASH%20FILES/index.htmlCool format.