Posts tagged as: 2012 Olympics

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 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


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 […]

Saudi Team Leads Olympic Jumping

A grey horse leaps over a Liverpool

A strong performance by Saudi Arabia and a resurgent team USA were the big news out of day two of Olympic Show Jumping, the highlight of which was a second clear round from Rich Fellers and Flexible. Saturday’s contest was the first of three rounds with scores that will count toward team medals. After round […]

Brits Power Team Dressage

Charlotte DUJARDIN riding VALEGRO in a pirouette.

Team Britain maintains its dressage lead, while Steffen Peters and Ravel powered the U.S. team into seventh place with 77.705 as the first phase of  dressage competition, the Grand Prix test, concluded on Aug. 3. Scores from the Grand Prix Special, to be held Aug. 7, will combine with the Grand Prix scores to determine […]

Dutch Rock While U.S. Rolls Day 1 of Olympic Jumping

Rich Fellers and Flexible sail over an oxer.

The Netherlands  led the pack in the first day of Olympic show jumping  Aug. 4 and will be a force to contend with as the group moves on to team competition Aug. 5-6. Germany, the U.K. and Switzerland also did very well. The U.S. got off to a strong start with clean rounds by McLain […]

Jumpers Trotted Out at Olympics

Rich Fellers and Flexible make a dashing duo at the veterinary jog.

Ninety show jumping horses from 26 countries got their first glimpse of the main arena for the Olympic Games in Greenwich Park when they were presented before the Ground Jury at the jog on Aug. 2. The The U.S. Team looked sharp under the care of veterinarian Dr. Tim Ober, farrier Dr. Todd Meister, physiotherapist […]

UK Takes Lead in Olympic Dressage

Carl Hester and Uthopia piaffe.

Dressage riders Carl Hester and Laurel Bechtolscheimer chalked up two for the home team, taking the top slots in the Grand Prix test on the first day of 2012 Olympic dressage competition Aug. 2. The lone U.S. rider among the 25 to enter the arena on this day was Jan Ebeling, on Rafalca, who hovered […]

Dressage Gets in Olympic Groove

Steffen Peters leads a bridled but saddleless Ravel.

The four American horses presented before the Dressage Ground Jury in the main arena at the 2012 Olympic Games painted a picture of healthy composure. A mixture of experience and youth will represent the United States when the Dressage competition gets underway on Thursday with the Grand Prix. Ten teams and 20 individuals will be […]

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