Category archives for: 2012 Olympics

Bengtsson Pursues Global Conquest

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson of Sweden.

Cue the fireworks for the Global Champions Tour Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Nov. 24. Rolex/FEI World Show Jumping No.1 Rolf-Göran Bengtsson of Sweden has drawn even with Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander, creating a tie at the top of the leaderboard for the start the 12th leg of the tour. Each has 196 points. At this […]

Springsteen’s Olympic Dreams ‘Vindicat’ed

Peter Charles and Vindicat W on course at the 2012 Olympics.

Jessica Springsteen has purchased Vindicat W, the 10-year-old KWPN gelding British rider Peter Charles rode to team Gold at the 2012 Olympics. Springsteen, a 20-year-old U.S. rider with Olympic aspirations of her own. She was on the long list of United States Equestrian Federation contenders for the London Games. She has spent the past few […]

Dujardin No. 1 in World Ranking

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro perform the extended trot.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and the 10-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Valegro, double Olympic gold medalists at London 2012, have taken over as world number one in the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings and are the first British combination ever to top the world rankings. With 2,867 points, the combination have moved up from second place […]

Le Grand Tour

Nick Skelton and his grey gelding Carlo jumping.

The Chantilly leg of the Global Champions Tour featured nine U.S. show jumpers in the grand prix, with Beezie Madden making it all the way to No. 2 on Simon. It was Hans-Dieter Dreher of Germany that triumphed at the July 21 grand prix on his dark bay stallion Magnus Romeo, but with a week […]

Wentz Olympic High for US

Jonathan Wentz and Richter Scale perform their Freestyle.

Jonathan Wentz wound up the highest-placed U.S. contender at the Paralympics, placing fourth at the Sept. 1 Grade 1b Individual Para-Dressage Championship by riding NTEC Richter Scale to a 70.348. Wentz (Richardson, TX) drew the second slot in the order, and his score of 70.348 kept him in medal contention until the second-to-last rider, Pepo […]

US Riders Para-Ready

Bonifatius at the 2012 Paralympics vet check.

The four American horses presented before the Para-Equestrian Dressage Ground Jury today in the main arena at the 2012 Olympic Games were deemed sound and fit to compete at the horse inspection on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The U.S. will be represented in London by two veteran riders and two rising stars, when competition begins Thursday […]

Dujardin Doubles in Olympic Dressage

Charlotte Dujardin, individual dressage gold medalists, poses before her nation's British flag.

It was a great week in Olympic dressage for Great Britain, which days after winning team Gold took in two more individual medals at the Aug. 9 Grand Prix Freestyle. Twenty-seven-year-old Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro brought the crowd to its feet with her record-breaking ride to Gold, while Laura Bechtolsheimer, also 27, claimed Bronze on […]

Guerdat Gets Individual Gold

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Steve Guerdat of Switzerland and Nino de Buissonnet won the Individual Olympic Gold Medal for show jumping today in London, delivering two clear rounds over a very exacting course. Gerco Schroder of the Netherlands took Silver riding Landor S, and Ireland’s Cian O’Connor got Bronze, for his ride on Blue Lloyd 12. At the end […]

Brits Win Olympic Gold

Peter Charles astride his horse Vindicat during the jump off.

The British show jumping team clinched Olympic Gold today, fending off a fierce challenge by the Netherlands that was settled in a jump-off with the Silver-winning Dutch team. Saudi Arabia took  Bronze. The sky may have been darkening, but the mood of the crowd was decidedly bright as 23,000 cheering fans gave a standing ovation […]

Team USA Assesses Its Rounds

McLain Ward and his great grey hores, Antares F

The top eight teams from Sunday’s jumping will contest three coveted medal slots today. The U.S. barely squeeked by, riding in on a two-way tie for seventh. A stellar performance combined with the frontrunners spilling an abundance of rails could see the USA atop the podium, though admittedly, it’s a longshot. But hey, Germany and […]

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