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  • Oliver Townend picture in Sports Illustrated

    Did anyone else see the latest issue of Sports Illustrated and the picture of Oliver's fall is in the Leading Off section at the front of the magazine? Send shivers up my spine!!
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    I haven't seen it. I hope it at least mentions that both escaped without serious injury.

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      It does mention that the horse was not injured and that Oliver was air lifted to the hospital and released.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by eventerwannabe View Post
        It does mention that the horse was not injured and that Oliver was air lifted to the hospital and released.
        That is good to hear, at least their readers will know how it all ended up.

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        • #5
          It is such a disappointment to me that many of us have tried so hard to get coverage from these national magazines for the heroes of our sport, and this is what they choose to run. Does anyone remember the campaign to get Teddy O'Connor featured in that magazine? He was a true inspiration, not only to riders, but to underdogs in any sport. And now it's too late, for him at least.


          Shame on you, Sports Illustrated. You owe us a little positive coverage for this.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by piccolittle View Post
            It is such a disappointment to me that many of us have tried so hard to get coverage from these national magazines for the heroes of our sport, and this is what they choose to run.
            From the strictly "sports photography" side of things (if it's the same picture that was on the front page of the Lexington Herald) the photo is pretty incredible. I wouldn't be surprised to see it popping up again for the next 12 months for various photo awards. I can hardly blame SI for publishing it...

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            • #7
              Where can I see the photo? Is it online anywhere?

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              • #8
                Horse&Hound ran one too this week. I showed it to my Mum, who was convinced the Oli was dead.

                He does have a laundry list of broken bones though- they were listed in H&H this week. Shoulder, ribs, sternum, collarbone... ouch.
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                • #9
                  Oli's picture

                  We were all passing that issue of Horse and Hound around today. So glad he came out of it relatively okay and that the horse was fine.
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                  • #10
                    I've been wondering if he was wearing his inflatable vest, and if so, how horrific his injuries might have been without it.

                    The photo in the Lexington paper was terrifying. The way his head was OVER the lower log made it look as if a broken neck could have been all too likely.
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                    • #11
                      vineyridge, this is totally off topic, but the first line of your signature had me giggling. When I was like, five, my mom taught me that ENTIRE song. Gotta love the Pythons.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                        I've been wondering if he was wearing his inflatable vest, and if so, how horrific his injuries might have been without it.

                        The photo in the Lexington paper was terrifying. The way his head was OVER the lower log made it look as if a broken neck could have been all too likely.
                        Yep, he had an inflatable vest on. There's been a few people who have said that it likely saved him from a broken neck.
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                        • #13
                          I just saw the one in Sports Illustrated. It's the same one they had in the Lexington newspaper. Looks horrible. Glad they are both ok.

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                          • #14
                            There is a certain segment of the eventing population that has the opinion that making the sport "mainstream" would attract sponsors which would solve all our problems. Consider then that in the past decade and a half, mainstream front page eventing news has been about Christopher Reeves, (most metropolitan papers) Darren's fall at Red Hills, (front page NY Times), and now Oliver Townend, (S.I.), Well folks, we got our press coverage. Now what do we do with it?
                            Personally, I'd be happy NOT to be a mainstream household word!

                            flutie

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                              I've been wondering if he was wearing his inflatable vest, and if so, how horrific his injuries might have been without it.
                              vineyridge, he was wearing his vest but the various images, still and moving, indicate the vest had not inflated when the horse made contact with the fallen OT.

                              For more (and I mean much, much more) on this, check out the 'air jacket' thread.

                              His injuries probably would have been the same without it.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by flutie1 View Post
                                There is a certain segment of the eventing population that has the opinion that making the sport "mainstream" would attract sponsors which would solve all our problems. Consider then that in the past decade and a half, mainstream front page eventing news has been about Christopher Reeves, (most metropolitan papers) Darren's fall at Red Hills, (front page NY Times), and now Oliver Townend, (S.I.), Well folks, we got our press coverage. Now what do we do with it?
                                Personally, I'd be happy NOT to be a mainstream household word!

                                flutie
                                I dunno... you mention three instances in 15 years. (Has it really been that long since the Reeves fall? 15 years next month!) I'd venture to say that curling, rhythmic gymnastics, and fencing have had as much coverage, and I'd hardly call them "mainstream household words" either. Truly making something "mainstream" would comprise of positive coverage, likely more often than every five years, and the negatives at a more proportional rate. Keeping the sport on the fringe results in only the negative pictures getting out... because anytime there's something THAT freakish as a picture of a horse laying on a man's head, it WILL get out.

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                                • #17
                                  Disclaimer: I am first and foremost for improving horse and rider safety. That said, we do have a tough PR battle to present our sport as the incredible sport it is and we don't seem to do it all that well.

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                                  • #18
                                    Graphic or stunning photos always get published no matter what sport.

                                    Remember the photo of Mike Tyson biting Holyfield's ear off??

                                    That was EVERYWHERE and way freakier!
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by smokescreen View Post
                                      Where can I see the photo? Is it online anywhere?
                                      http://www.kentucky.com/2010/04/25/1...d-in-fall.html

                                      Here's a link to the article, with a series of photos of the fall.

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                                      • #20
                                        totally different POV

                                        from the television angle I saw, the horse stop, drop onto his forehand, stick his neck over and down, a movement I became all too familiar with my last prelim horse; this move resulted in the rider going over the horses' head onto the ground on the landing side, the momentum carried the horses' body over the fence and he fell/ landed on Oli; this photo gives an entirely different impression; I wonder what the JJ saw
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