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They were the two best-shod horses at the Olympics...and now Christie's auction house is offering them for sale.

Olympic Sculpture: Cross-country "Horses" at Auction

Christie's offers the Olympic equestrian collectible: the pair of life-size jumping horses from the eventing cross-country course by sculptor Tom Hill

Peter Charles and Vindicat W helped Team GB win a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. With a barn name like "Vinnie", he'll be right at home in New Jersey. (Kit Houghton photo, courtesy of FEI)

Jumping: USA's Jessica Springsteen Buys Gold Medalist Vindicat W

American showjumper Jessica Springsteen now owns Vindicat W, an Olympic gold medal-winning Dutch warmblood with Great Britain's Peter Charles

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Olympic Dressage: Dutch Medal Winners Celebrate

Party pals Anky Van Grunsven, Edward Gal and Adelinde Cornelissen of the Dutch dressage team celebrated Olympic medals in style in London and at home

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Olympic Sponsors: Mark Todd?s Cup of Tea

Who sponsored the Olympics? Visa, BMW, Coca-Cola, McDonald?s--oh, and Bell tea bags from New Zealand! Read how cups of tea paved the road to London.

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Olympic Dressage: What do medal winners do next?

Carl Hester wil skip Disney World and instead celebrate his Olympic dressage gold medal by riding with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna this fall.

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Olympic Eventing: Vets, Volunteers and a Loose Horse

Vets and volunteers caught loose Olympic eventing horse Gin & Juice after he left his rider, Canada's Hawley Bennett-Awad at London's Greenwich Park.

Olympic Jumping: McLain Ward's Sidelines Support

The face and gestures of Team USA's Lee McKeever, barn manager for jumper McLain Ward, tells a story of their own at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Olympic Dressage: The Elite Freestyle

The musical freestyle dressage at these London Olympics could be a watershed event for dressage. The scores could go through the roof--except that the event will be held in the open air, in daylight.

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Olympic Dressage: Music Mixup Magic

Mixed-up music tracks are all the rage on YouTube. When they meet famous dressage riders' freestyles, the fun begins for the latest dressage spinoff.

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Olympic Dressage: Musical Freestyle

The musical freestyle dressage is the culmination of months of work by dozens of people. Watch Matthias Rath rehearse for his ride with his composer.

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Olympic Science: Jumper Eye Movement

Researchers are studying not just where top riders look, but for how long,and how their eye movements coordinate with the horse's approach to a jump.

Stephen Colbert probably never imagined that dressage riders can laugh not just at him--but at themselves. Defending Olympic dressage gold medalist Anky van Grunsven just has to laugh about the latest Dutch jokester polka, which encourages her fans to "Doe de Anky!". (Image courtesy of McSmit/Fran Jurga)

Olympic Dressage: Do the Anky Polka

"Do the Anky" is a joke polka for fans to have fun cheering for Dutch 2008 Dressage Gold Medalist Anky van Grunsven at the London Olympics.

Whose flag waves the loudest? Will the British home team prevail?

Olympic Statistics: Home Advantage

In Olympic eventing, according to Dr. Marlin, home advantage is clear and significant.

Dr. David Marlin tested the misting fan system designed to cool eventing horses at Hong Kong. He explained:??I actually swallowed a?small temperature transmitter and the black pouch on my belt was the?recorder that picked up the signal and recorded it. I was trying to see what?effect the misting fans would have on my body temperature in the high?humidity in Hong Kong.

Olympic Eventing: Cross-Country Strategy

Olympic eventing ross country is not just about how far and how fast. It's about a horse's glycogen stores. And a rider can make a difference.

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Olympic Eventing: Where Welfare Meets Science

Equine welfare is at the center of the horse sports at the Olympics, which have pledged to put the horse first. Who's helping them; how is it done?

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Olympic Equestrians: Science Saddles Up

The Olympic horse,riders and staff at London's Greenwich Park are under a scientific microscope. The Games are the NASA of equestrian science.

The Ab Fab stars and crew were the first people allowed into the Olympic Stadium, where the grand finale scene was shot. And it is grand! This is Ab Fab's last show. Ever.

Olympic Ab Fab Special: Comic Gold

If they gave a gold medal for comedy, the Ab Fab Olympic Special would win! It airs July 25 on BBC America. Go for gold, darling!

Team Australia will be shod in white volleyball shoes. What you can't see but they can: the insoles are printed with the names of medal-winning Australian athletes of the past. So they can follow in their footsteps...

Olympic Fashion: Big Aussie Footsteps

Find out why the Australian team jackets will remind the equestrian athletes of the money in their wallets.

When Olympic competitors and spectators fly into London's Heathrow Airport, they will see the world's largest set of Olympic rings--the ultimate crop circles--mowed into a field in the city's Richmond Park by a team of Shire horses.

Olympic Rings: Shire Horses at Work

When visitors fly into London's Heathrow Airport, they now see the world's largest Olympic rings mowed into a field in Richmond Park by Shire horses.

Matthias Rath and Totilas at Aachen a year ago. (CHIO Aachen photo)

Olympic Dressage: Totilas and Rath Out of Games

The German Equestrian Federation announced this morning that dressage superstar Totilas will not be representing Germany at the London Olympic Games.

Nicola Wilson (foreground) and Piggy French (background) warming up their horses at a recent horse trials in England. Photo courtesy of Lauren Bezant.

Olympic Eventing: Piggy French Withdraws

The British equestrian team reports that an injury to Topper requires Piggy French to withdraw from the eventing team; Nicola Wilson will replace her

Anti-Assad protesters wave Syrian revolution flags at a London Olympics qualifying soccer match; that's not the same flag that lone Syrian equestrian Ahmad Hamcho will display at the London Olympic Games show jumping.

Olympic Jumping: Syria's Ahmad Saber Hamcho

Ahmad Saber Hamcho (Hamsho) will represent Syria in the London 2012 Olympic equestrian show jumping at Greenwich Park and the whole world will watch.

Jessica Hynes and Hugh Bonneville play two Olympic organizers whose ineptitude may be the undoing of the Olympic Games...and the reputation of the city of London. But in the meantime, it's "all good". (BBC America photo)

Olympic Humor: BBC America's Twenty Twelve

Fran Jurga on BBC AMERICA's new Twenty Twelve "mockumentary", about six mismatched London Olympics planners, led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey).

Can't a woman just love her horse and want to make it to the Olympics? Maybe not, if your husband is running for President of the United States.

Olympic Dressage: Rafalca vs. Stephen Colbert

Fran Jurga shares videos from comedian Stephen Colbert and USEF's response; she ponders Rafalca and the Romneys' effect on the London Olympic dressage

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Olympic Eventing: Team Australia Named

On Monday 18 June 2012, Equestrian Australia's selection committee for the Eventing discipline identified the five horse and rider combinations to be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection to the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.

Why five? Only three of five national riders' scores will count toward team medals; here you see five Australians receiving the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, even though only the best three scores were counted. (Steve Fleischer photo)

Olympic Eventing: Team vs Individual Medals

Fran Jurga explains the system behind the naming of five British equestrians to their nation's nominated Olympic athletes list for the sport of eventing; the "team" may be a bit confusing to readers. Why five? And which riders are actually "on the team" and which of the five will compete for individual medals?

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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.

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Olympic Jumping: Saudi Ban Reduced

Fran Jurga's Discover London Olympics site reports that two Saudi Arabian showjumpers have had their bans reduced in time for them to compete in London at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Khaled Abdullaziz Al Eid and Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly appealed an 80-day FEI ban after they were found guilty of illegal medication for their horses; the ban was reduced.

Remember these two: eventual victor Tim Boland on GV Billy Elliot at the 2012 Melbourne Three-Day Event CIC 3*. Will we see them in London next month? Photo by Franz Venhaus

Olympic Eventing: Tim Boland

Fran Jurga's Discover London Olympics reports that Australian three day event rider Boland and his 11-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding GV Billy Elliot won the CCI3* at the 55th Annual Melbourne Three-Day event this weekend, after leading from start to finish.

What if life imitated art and an event's patriotic logo could come to life? Barbury Castle Horse Trials made it happen.

Olympic Equestrian: Galloping Union Jack

The Queen?s glorious Diamond Jubilee may be over, but it looks like the Union Jacks are here to stay. Nothing says London like the big graphic asterisk of a flag symbol?especially when it?s plastered directly onto a horse. Rising star eventer Laura Collett painted her ex-racehorse to become a national symbol--and you can do it too! Fran Jurga's Discover London Olympics blog tells you how, in ten easy steps.

Olympic gold medalist and eventing team stalwart Stuart Tinney on this champion mare, Panamera, who now won't be bound for London.? Image ? Equestrian Australia

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.

Will the Olympics survive when PBS comedy AbFab characters Patsy and Eddy show up?

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.

The Olympic Torch went for a ride at famed Cheltenham Racecourse. Former eventing world champion Zara Phillips carried the flame high while mounted on the great champion Toytown. (LOCOG via Getty Images)

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.

On shaky ground: Weeks of rain have forced changes in the plans for the temporary Olympic equestrian arena in London's Greenwich Park. Photo by Gordon Burgess.

Greenwich Park: Stadium Update

Weeks of wet weather have threatened the integrity of the original plans to construct the temporary Olympic equestrian events arena in London's Greenwich Park. The stadium construction is under scrutiny by local residents who fear for the historic and natural features of the park. Fran Jurga provides background on the arena's change in plans.

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Olympic Dressage: Charlotte DuJardin and Valegro

Great Britain's up-and-coming dressage star Charlotte DuJardin rode Valegro into the world record books at the Horses and Dreams Show in Hagen, Germany, in late April.

What a difference a year makes: Exactly a year ago, Mark Todd and Land Vision captivated the eventing world with a dramatic victory at the Badminton Horse Trials (4*) in England. (Peter Nixon FEI photo)

Olympic Eventing: New Zealand's Mark Todd

Mark Todd?s campaign for a seventh Olympic Games has received a setback with the withdrawal of his top horse. The two-time Olympic gold medalist has withdrawn NZB Land Vision from contention after the horse suffered a recurrence of an old tendon injury.

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Sport Horse Health: "Winning Ways" Conference

The International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) has announced a special educational event to be held a month before the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. ICEEP's "Winning Ways" equine science conference is planned for Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on June 16-17, 2012. This meeting will be hosted by the University of Liverpool and will involve specialist equine clinicians from the university?s Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital.