In many ways Ravel IS his horse of a lifetime.
It's a tough day ...final Olympics for Ravel, and he'll be retired soon.
Steffen has Legolas in the wings. We'll see them in Rio :)
fwiw, that was one of the nicest rides I have ever seen from Anky and Salinero. I am not a fan of theirs, but he looked much happier and less tense than in the past. Lovely. Nice way to end their Olympic run IMO.
Fuego and Juan just make me smile. Perhaps it is because of my memories of WEG. But I just love watching him go. Juan obviously loves that horse.....although what was with the goosing of him before he started his test?
I just watched Steffen and Ravel's ride (running a bit behind because of early work meetings). At some points, it looked like Ravel was tired, but other times he seemed really fresh. A couple of bobbles in the twos and the extended canter. Maybe it was just a combination of Steffen trying to get absolutely everything he could out of Ravel and Ravel just being a bit tired. I was really hoping for a great performance, but still nothing to be truly disappointed about.
Now I can watch the rest of the rides, hopefully in peace!
Anky's horizontal curb was mighty distracting tbh. I don't know, I just don't understand the hype.
Anky's ride WAS much better to watch this year. But I don't know that it looked like 82% to me.
When I said that in many ways Ravel is Steffen's horse of a lifetime, I meant that Ravel has taken Steffen to the moon and back. They've accomplished more as a pair than any other horse/rider combination in US equestrian sports history.
Was disappointed for Ravel and Steffen. At one point Ravel even had his tongue out which is SO out of character for him. Had a few canter errors. Still a fan of his though...felt bad for him as he seemed so disappointed.
Damn - I'm not sure I can sit through the last 6.
I'm just watching this thread and the scores--can't actually watch at work!
Seeing Ravel's score made me sad, but they're such a lovely pair anyway.
Where is the site for updated scoring? Here it is the end of the Olympics and I still can't find my way around the sites. [pathetic, I know]
I read this (post quoted above) a bit ago, and realize I've lost all interest in the rest of the competition. I just need some time to process this ending; not sad, not tragic, just ... significant.
Thank you, Steffen and Ravel.
I give Helen bonus points for booting the horse up herself after the ride. They should give bonus horsemanship points for what goes on in the warm up and 'on deck' areas.