• 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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  • Normandy Wednesday: Germans looking invincible
  • September 3, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    Today, as other nations’ riders appear to be feeling the pressure and showing their vulnerabilities over a world championship course, the German team is starting to look invincible. Certainly, the qualities of their impeccably prepared horses, two stallions (Cornado NRW and Codex One), a gelding (Cornet d’Amour) and a mare (Chiara 222) so far appear to be giving […]

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  • Normandy Tuesday: The drama continues
  • September 2, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    Two of the top riders fell foul of the tricky course in the opening speed class, which saw Jos Verlooy (Belgium) and Doda Miranda (Brazil) eliminated from the individual championship along with a number of also rans. Some referred to it as a rather spooky course, specifically the monster model of the region’s iconic landmark, Mont […]

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