Christie's offers the Olympic equestrian collectible: the pair of life-size jumping horses from the eventing cross-country course by sculptor Tom Hill
American showjumper Jessica Springsteen now owns Vindicat W, an Olympic gold medal-winning Dutch warmblood with Great Britain's Peter Charles
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.