Is this officially the best bit of eventing merch we’ve ever seen? Quite possibly, yes — and we salute Adam Kosofksy for his good-natured support of daughter Alexa in the Novice division at Fair Hill and hope that his cooler of beer was well-stocked. Who wants to place a bet on whether her next horse is called ‘Dad’s Retirement Fund’?
National Holiday: It’s National Women’s Day AND National Book Lovers’ Day, so if you need me, I’m turning my phone off and re-reading Riders to celebrate.
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Ingrid Klimke is among the many, many riders calling for the Modern Pentathlon to review how it uses horses, after ugly scenes at Tokyo brought the sport into the spotlight. While this certainly isn’t the first time the showjumping phase of pentathlon has shocked viewers at the Games, the image of Annika Schleu sobbing while flailing her whip at her mount have become emblematic. [Top eventer calls for pentathlon rule change after controversial scenes]
Behind every major result is a story of triumph and disaster – and for dressage supremo Charlotte Dujardin, it’s no different. Forgive us for sharing a piece from the Daily Fail, but if you’re struggling through a break-up or a family illness, this should offer up some much-needed inspiration this morning. [‘When my fiancé left me, I kept thinking, ‘Why was I not good enough?’: How Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin overcame the hurdles of a broken engagement, her horse out of action and her critically ill mother in the build-up to Tokyo]
There’s no denying that the Swedish showjumping team were on extraordinary form throughout the Games. But did you know that two of their three team horses are barefoot? Fran Jurga sat down for a chat with Peter Glimberg, the team farrier, to find out more about the hows and whys of barefooting it at the top level. [The Olympic Hoof Explained: Swedish farrier outlines barefoot management of gold medal team]
Each Olympic cycle brings to the fore the systems that are getting it right — as well as the ones that need a serious overhaul. In the aftermath comes the fertile ground to grow, and HorseSport is laying the Canadian system bare to try to encourage that necessary change and growth. [What’s Behind the (Sorry) State of Eventing in Canada]
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We can’t stop looking at these custom biscuits representing the British dressage team at Tokyo — and clever Camilla did the eventers, too. Wait til you see her *chef’s kiss* rendering of Ballaghmor Class.
If you still haven’t seen silver medallist Shane Rose swap his horse for a skateboard, where have you been? This is your essential viewing of the day.