• Compounding Royal bloopers
  • November 11, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD Toronto

    Here I go again…. One of the first rules of providing a professionally run press service is that you must, MUST, correct any press release errors by distributing a corrected version. Otherwise, somewhere, a lowly reporter may be waiting to fill a few column inches, decides to reinvent the gospel according to the Royal to suit his […]

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  • Royal bloopers
  • November 10, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD Toronto

    Without further ado, and sidelining excuses for the time lapse since my last blog, it’s time for a mini rant on a topic that’s close to my heart: English. And I am talking about the broadest sense of the word, encompassing vocabulary, punctuation, the whole nine yards of writing correctly. This particular rant was inspired by […]

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  • Normandy Sunday: Dysfunctional continuity
  • September 7, 2014 - No comments - In: Uncategorized

    We started with a dysfunctional loo, and have ended with one. The executive replacement for the original monstrosity ran out of water yesterday so, rather than refill it as today’s the final day, the door has simply been locked, reducing the usable WCs to three, between… oh! around 200 women. One German cynically exclaimed that it’s […]

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  • Normandy Saturday: Who are the top four?
  • September 6, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    In Sunday’s rotation final where four showjumpers will complete one round riding each other’s horses – a format unique to the world championship – tomorrow’s final will see four different nations represented: the USA, the Netherlands, Sweden and, sure to raise the roof of d’Ornano Stadium, a Frenchman. Today’s two-round competition for the top 30 riders, saw […]

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  • Normandy Friday: Doping enters the arena
  • September 6, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    A press release issued by the FEI has confirmed two positive medication cases at WEG. The first, a South African endurance rider, Tra Flama, who was vetted out of the competition at the second vet gate on the course, and whose horse tested positive to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone (bute), used for the treatment of […]

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  • Normandy Thursday: Team competition goes to the wire
  • September 4, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    The world championship team competition went down to the wire in Caen, with victory or defeat resting on the anchor riders for several nations. Additional pressure also came from the need to finish in the top five to earn a qualifying place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Ultimately, the Dutch – leading after the first round with […]

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  • Normandy Wednesday: Update… the Dutch come from behind
  • September 3, 2014 - No comments - In: Uncategorized

    Well… with a third clear round from Gerco Schroeder, the Dutch have leap-frogged into the lead, with 4.83, so there are now four teams chasing three podium places, fewer than two fences apart, and team Canada appears to be holding onto fifth place. Without the ‘official’ results, the scores are: the Netherlands 4.83; USA 8.72; Germany 8.82, […]

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