Let’s hear it for the Grooms!

The grooms! They work to keep the horses looking perfect. When I watched the slow motion relays, of the live streaming Olympic Dressage ,I was amazed at the beautifully clipped legs of the horses and their shining hooves. And those beautiful tails! But the immaculate turn out is not all they do. They know their…

Team Medals at stake…the Pressure!

The pressure is on when it comes to the final competition for the Olympic Team Medals. The top eight teams from the two days of Grand Prix moved on the the Grand Prix Special today. I did not get up at 4am to watch all of the Special because I had a lesson at midday…

The Riders Speak: Brittany Fraser , Lindsay Kellock

Today I got up early to watch the last day of the Olympic Grand Prix. The first Canadian rider I saw was Lindsay Kellock. Her horse Sebastien was a bit exuberant at some moments. Here are Lindsay’s thoughts on the Olympic comepetition. I’ve learned from this. Maybe Sebastien just peaked a little too early [after…

Day Two: Harmony and Drama in the Grand Prix!

Today was the second and final day of the Grand Prix at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Now the horses and riders will have a day off. On Tuesday they will compete in the Grand Prix Special and that will decide which team gets the medals. I was up at 4:30 am to make sure I…

And so it begins: The Grand Prix

Up early for the CBC live stream of the first day of the Grand Prix. Today there were three groups of 9 or 10 horse rider combinations. They appeared according to their FEI world ranking. I have to admit that I did not see the first group and the first rider in Group B was…

The Good News from Tokyo!

The news media has already told us there are positive Covid cases among the athletes. And there is a state of Emergency due to Covid in Tokyo. I realize these are very real problems. But I have some good news. The horses have arrived safely and the competition stadium looks excellent. The stables are also…

It’s Time for Tokyo!

July 23, 2021 the Games will begin. Canada is sending 371 athletes and this is the largest team since the Los Angeles games in 1984. It seems almost unbelievable that, at last, these Olympics will actually take place. For the Equestrians there has been not only the Global Pandemic but a serious outbreak in Europe…