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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 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.

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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.

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.