Naima Moriera Laliberte: Horses, Tokyo Olympics, Future Goals.

This past summer Naima and her Grand Prix horse Statesman were the reserve pair for the Canadian Dressage Team in Tokyo . This winter, as well as competing with Statesman, she also has two younger horses she has been competing with at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington Florida. I had a chance to ask…

Olympic Inspiration!

Watching the best riders in the world go through the Grand Prix, one of the most difficult of Dressage tests, and the next day the GP Special is a joy and also an opportunity to learn a lot. I watched these riders and I saw all the things that my coach Belinda Trussell keeps telling…

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…

The rider’s point of view. Chris von Martels

First of all I have a much better photo of Chris von Martels and Eclips than the one from my pc screen. Chris had this to say in an interview with Equestrian Canada: “We had expensive mistakes that costs us quite a few points but overall, I’m thrilled with him and think he’s an exceptional…

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…

Tokyo Riders: What are they doing while they wait?

Tokyo. The Canadian Dressage Team riders and horses are not just lollygagging about. They are busy. They are riding their horses in the main stadium arena to familiarize them with that location. After the horses have been ridden and exercised they will be washed down. They will also be handwalking their horses to give them…