????????? Fran Jurga is a freelance writer and editor from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her blogs include The Jurga Report for EQUUS Magazine and War Horse News on the 2011 Steven Spielberg film. Fran is the founder of Hoofcare and Lameness Journal and writes a specialist Hoof Blog. You can follow Fran on Facebook and Twitter for more news about the horse world. In 2008, Fran wrote the WorldRides blog for the Hong Kong equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Discover WEG blog for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010.
Olympic Torch: Zara Phillips
The Olympic Torch took a ride on a horse on its fifth day in Britain as it reached the famous Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, southwest of London. A celebration at the racetrack included concerts, entertainment, and a ceremonial delivery of the torch to a stage by eventing champion Zara Phillips.
Olympic Eventing: Stuart Tinney
Fran Jurga's Discover London Olympics blog reports that Australian Olympic gold medalist and eventing team stalwart Stuart Tinney announced last night that his top horse Panamera was sidelined and out of contention for the Australian Eventing Team that will compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games News story includes quotes from Tinney Eventing and Prue Barrett. Australia's National Performance Director for Eventing.
Olympic Eventing: British Team
According to an announcement on their website, the British Equestrian Federation announced last night that they have formally nominated five riders to the British Olympic Association (BOA) for Team GB. The nominations must now be reviewed and ratified by the BOA before the athletes are selected for Team GB.
Olympic Celebrity: Jennifer Saunders
Fran Jurga reports that actress and comedian Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous (AbFab) fame is fulfilling her equestrian ambitions after recovering from breast cancer and will be supporting the London 2012 Olympics as an ambassador for British Showjumping. We caught up with Saunders at the Houghton Horse Trials and share some exclusive photos of her in and out of the saddle.