Category Archives: Olympics 2012

Richard Davison blazes a trail for the Brits at Greenwich

WOW Saddles sponsored Richard Davison (pictured below at the World Cup Final this year), was first of the Brits to go yesterday at the dressage Grand Prix at the Games riding Artemis.  A typically polished performance from the experienced campaigners gained score of 72.812 and the biggest cheers we think we have heard throughout the whole of the Games. It even appeared that Richard was fighting back tears afterwards. “Us blokes don’t always show our emotions but it gets harder as you get older,” Richard said…. Well done to you both!!

Charlotte Dujardin was last to go for the Brits (and the pressure was on after Laura B’s disappointing score, which left Britain and Germany very close in the team rankings). The pair produced a spectacular, stylish, unhurried and expressive test; the score was a massive 83.663.

Valegro is certainly a horse to rival Germany’s Desperados, a German horse that is a potential successor to Totilas in the “Wow” stakes. Charlotte pushed Team GB into the lead, and in doing so, broke the existing record for an Olympic Grand Prix test. “That was anther level out there,” said her trainer Carl Hester. “The horse is only ten years old!”

 

The action at Greenwich on Friday concluded with Charlotte Dujardin for Britain in first place; Adelinde Cornelissen for the Netherlands in second; Helen Langehanenberg for Germany in third; Kristina Sprehe for Germany in fourth and Carl Hester for Britain in fifth. The team placings are Great Britain in first, followed by Germany, and then the Netherlands.

The show jumping started today at the Park, where team GB made a promising start – good luck, boys!

Zara Phillips explains how technology has changed sport

Arguably the biggest technological impact for horse riders has been the body protectors that inflate, and jumps that collapse thanks to “frangible pins”. Zara Phillips says technology “has changed so many sports, but it’s saving lives for horse riders”.

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Really good read…Let us know what you think – post your comments

The Telegraph explores why equestrian world rankings aren’t always a barometer of form.

“William Fox-Pitt is back on top of the HSBC eventing rankings, deposing Mary King from world number one spot.

It is still early in the season and Fox-Pitt hasn’t yet beaten King at anything truly major. However, this is a rolling 12-month system and the monster points King earned for finishing first and second in the Rolex Kentucky – a premier four-star – last April have now dropped out of the calculation…”

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Olympic hope for Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips kept her hopes of Olympic qualification alive with a winning start to the eventing season in Hampshire.

It is expected that William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Nicola Wilson are all likely to represent Britian this year at the Olympics, leaving only one place open. Zara Phillips and double Olympic bronze medalist Tina Cook and both fighting for the spot.

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Badminton Horse Trials 2012

A brief history

When London last hosted the Olympic Games in 1948 the 10th Duke of Beaufort was President of the Institute of the Horse and Pony Club which was charged with organising the Equestrian competitions on behalf of the FEI. The Three Day Event, with the Cross Country held behind the RMA Sandhurst on Barossa common, was deemed a medal opportunity for the home team, steeped in hunting and racing history.

Sadly it didn’t work out that way during the week of 9th-14th of August. Only two British riders finished: Major Borwick and Liberty in 17th place and Brigadier Bolton on Sylveste,27th. The Duke decided that he would offer his park at Badminton to run an event of Olympic specifications in order to give British riders match practice. Billed as ‘ The most Important Horse Event in Great Britain.’ , the first Badminton Horse Trials ran in April 1949.

With the Olympics returning to London, and Equestrian sports no longer out on a limb at some distant venue, but at the centre of things in Greenwich Park, Badminton Horse Trials will be supporting Equestrian Team GBR’s fund raising efforts for the British intetrnational teams of today and the future . The Trials, which run from 3rd-7th May now hosts riders from all over the world, who will be using it as a final attempt to impress their selectors and Team GBR will have a major presence on site London 1948 spawned Badminton. Badminton 2012 is returning the compliment.

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Our sponsored riders Paul Tapner, Francis Whittington and Kitty King will all be at The Badminton Horse Trials.

Do you which of our sponsored riders mentioned above features in this picture?

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