Phillip’s brilliant moment over the corner on Monday in the Rio Olympics has spawned at least a billion posts, memes, and googling eyes. Horse Nation’s own Morgane Schmidt did a brilliant illustration that captures the moment perfectly, and you can check out more of her hilarious illustrations on her website, The Idea of Order. In all seriousness though, it looks like he’s been taking lessons from gold medal gymnast Simone Biles. Who does that kind of acrobatics on horseback!??! We can’t get over it.
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Dressage competition got underway Wednesday at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as 29 of the total 60 competitors representing 19 countries took to the main arena under cloudy skies at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center to perform in the Grand Prix, the first test in the team competition. The U.S. team, going eighth in the order of the 11 nations, finished day one in fourth place after two superb performances from Allison Brock and Kasey Perry-Glass. Leading the team standings is Germany, while The Netherlands sits in second place, and Great Britain holds third. [US Dressage Standings After Day One]
Want to get the inside scoop on the Dressage leaders after day one? While Eventing Nation media might be vacating Rio, Chronicle of the Horse is still on task for the other disciplines. Germany’s Dorothee Schneider was the last to canter down the centerline yesterday, and blew it up with an 80.98%. COTH got the comments from the leaders and the US riders after the competition. [Leaders Reflect on Tests]
Clark has released a statement about Glen’s performance on cross country in the Rio Games. “Representing The United States at an Olympic Games has been a goal of mine since I discovered the sport of eventing, an accomplishment that I will always be proud of. I moved away from the states 4 years ago to raise my game in hopes of selection and with a goal of being competitive once I got there. 5 weeks ago, I got the call and Glen’s and my real “road to Rio” began. Our journey took us from our base in England to Belgium, across to New York, Down to Virginia, on to Florida then finally to Rio. Without a doubt, the miles and changes to his regular preparation routine adversely affected him. Foremost, I feel badly to have let Glen down, I was sorry to let the team down and am hugely appreciative of the support that everyone has shown us. As devastated as I am with this outcome, I know in my heart that Glen is a super star who will have his day in the sun one great day.” [Clark’s Facebook Page]
Despite Mark Todd’s disappointing initial show jumping round, we just can’t get enough of the celebrated equestrian. New Zealand Herald did an amazing article with videos of him riding Charisma in the Los Angeles Olympics, and stories of his younger days when he began riding. “At school I was quite good at the high jump, but I guess it comes back to that competitive nature and fortunately I’m quite an athletic person. Every sport I try I’m reasonably good at,” Todd says. [Mark Todd The Master]
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