International Eventing Forum 2013 – My Highlights

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No This Isn’t An Event Horse, But It Perfectly Illustrated Some Basic Fundamentals & Floated When It Entered The Arena February would be almost bereft of anything vaguely eventing were it not for the International Eventing Forum, and I’m very pleased I made it back home for the occasion. As you’d expect the day was split into…

Second Lifers – OTTB Advice From An Expert Panel

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The Retraining Of Racehorses Class Winner At Barbury Castle Horse Trials 2010 ROR Expert Panel I’m not seriously considering taking on an ex-racehorse as my next event horse, but the ROR (Retraining Of Racehorses) seminar I attended this evening on that very subject was very interesting nevertheless. ROR is British Horseracing’s very serious and credible…

2012: Wet And Wonderful

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The Wonderful – History In The Making – The Unassailable Michael Jung Adds “Olympic Champion” To His CV The Wet – A Common Sight All Year Despite An Official Drought The 2012 Eventing season was ushered in with so much anticipation, and with a resoundingly great start in March, it was hard to imagine anything…

Little Gatcombe 2012 | Success & Luck Can Change In A Second

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Lucy Jackson | Leading The CIC** After The ShowJumping Only To Lose The Lead By 1 sec. On Cross Country Princess Anne (who I nearly bumped into literally today!) , hosts one of my favourite horse trials, The Whatley Manor Horse Trials, at her home in Gloucestershire, which is affectionately known as ‘Little Gatcombe’. Held…

London 2012 | The Greatest Eventing Show On Earth

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Mark Todd | One Second Away From Gold After Cross Country The Cross Country Phase of the London 2012 Olympic Eventing competition will surely go down as one of the greatest events the sport has ever seen, and probably the most exciting day the London Games is likely to witness. 74 horses jumped out of…

London 2012 | Dressage, Drama & An Inspirational Leader Board

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Truly Inspirational | Day 2 of London 2012 Olympic Eventing The lead up to these games has been nothing short of an epic novel or Hollywood Blockbuster. You really couldn’t make this stuff up. Day 2 of Dressage for the London 2012 Olympic Games Eventing at Greenwich Park has been nothing short of inspirational, surprising…

London 2012 | Team Talk – The 5 Nations

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Team Talk | A Team Gold Medal for GBR Would Crown Both Of These Mens’ Careers Nicely I haven’t played any team sports since I left school, a bit of Badminton doubles maybe or Sunday soccer, but that’s as close as I’ve come to being in a team for some time. Eventing isn’t really what…

London 2012 | History In The Making & Dream Headlines

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Sadly No Fairytale Headline For Neville Bardos, But Perhaps A Medal & An Underwear Deal For Boyd One of the legacies I’m left with after five years of living with a broadsheet journalist is the little game of “Guess Tomorrow’s Headline” we played as we waited for the morning papers, each paper adding their own…

Barbury 2012 – CIC*** Cross Country | #EventingLive At It’s Very Best

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Andrew Nicholson & Avebury | Lead The CIC*** From Start To Finish The New Zealanders owned Barbury CIC*** from the very beginning, and very nearly gave it all away in the closing minutes of the competition. After phase 2, the showjumping, all three top slots were occupied by much fancied NZ team selections; Andrew Nicholson,…