I ran across a very interesting post on Dover’s World by renowned former US Olympic dressage rider Robert Dover. He was asked by Kyra Kyrklund, the IDRC (International Dressage Riders Club) president, to take notes on his findings of the 2012 London Olympics. What can be learned from these Olympics, what went great and what could be improved. As Dover is not a member of the committee, he felt free to publish his notes on his blog Dover’s World. His notes are very interesting and well written. I will post them here for you. But I advice you to visit his site and read the comments. These are just as interesting as Dover’s notes. Read more
Posts tagged ‘Olympics’
Every year since 2001 the Academy Bartels hosts the Global Dressage Forum. It is a public debating platform in the world of international dressage; an exchange of views, ideas, practices which are scrutinized, discussed and debated. The world’s top riders’ and trainers’ techniques are examined in both practical and theoretical sessions. And the latest developments in horse management and sports science are also presented. Read more
It is the end of a wonderful, beautiful Olympics. I thought they were great. They seemed very well organized and very friendly. It gave a sense of great involvement of the whole of Great Britain. Apparently many people were not so enthusiastic prior to the games; they cost a fortune. But once they started, I am sure there were only a handful left who didn’t get infected by the Olympic fever. Read more
Okay, we are ranked 3rd, Great Britain is first and Germany 2nd, and we are followed closely by Denmark. Nothing is set in stone, or in this case, in medals yet. It is going to be an exiting competition. I have to admit, I feel our strength lies in the freestyle, but I am not an expert, so I might be very pleasantly surprised this afternoon.
Well another day of GP to go. Yesterday was very exiting. Carl Hester performed up to par. Although he seemed not pleased that is score was below 78 percent, he and Uthopia received a whopping 77.72 percent for their performance. Laura Bechtolsheime (such a tongue breaking last name) was not pleased with her score of 76.83 percent. I was very impressed with Anky van Grunsven and Salinero.