• 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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  • Normandy: W(orst) E(ver) G(ames)
  • September 2, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    The acronym for the World Equestrian Games was all to easy to manipulate given the trials and tribulations of the first week in Caen, Normandy. Alongside my various blogs (including sanitation stories), there is now a whole catalogue of incidents and organizational discrepancies that have turned this seventh edition of WEG into the Worst Ever Games – […]

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  • Normandy: Day 7
  • August 30, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    Cross-country day dawned with heavy grey skies, so little warmth for the thousands of spectators who braved the mud at Haras du Pin. However, with safety thoughts uppermost, two obstacles were removed from the course, and the time limit adjusted accordingly, although it became obvious very early on that few horses, if any, would complete […]

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  • Normandy: Day 6.2
  • August 29, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    There are times when I love to be proved wrong, and today was just such an occasion. Yes, my predicted head to head occurred between Charlotte Dujardin and Adelinde Cornelissen in the dressage Grand Prix Freestyle, but the A.N. Other – Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg – upset the podium placings by slipping into a well-deserved silver medal […]

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  • Normandy: Day 6.1
  • August 29, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    So, the news I carried over from yesterday concerns poop! Not gossip or bs (boolsheet, as the French would say), but down to earth, literally, steaming piles of canine excrement. Apologies for the graphic image! Being doggy people our whole lives, and having lived in France for 10 of those years, we couldn’t understand why […]

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  • Normandy: Day 5
  • August 28, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    Everyone prays that tragedy won’t strike but, inevitably, with horses, we’ve all come to understand that equestrian sport is unpredictable. Sadly, this morning, a horse suffered a fatal injury during a fall on the first loop of the 160-kilometre endurance ride whose route passed the iconic Mont St. Michel on the Normandy coast. Thankfully, although the Costa […]

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  • Normandy: Day 4
  • August 27, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    Finally, the rain held off for a whole day, and Britain can celebrate individual dressage gold for Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro in the Grand Prix Special. There was little doubt that everyone agreed with the judges on this occasion, including the second and third-placed riders, Helen Langehanenberg riding Damon Hill NRW for Germany, and her fellow […]

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  • Normandy: Day three-and-a-half!
  • August 27, 2014 - No comments - In: HORSE WORLD

    Okay, slap me! Yesterday was one of those days not knowing whether I was coming or going, thinking the wet weather had finally abandoned Normandy, only to get caught in a downpour between the main stadium and the press centre – sopping wet to the skin (at least, below the knees), once again. Decided to […]

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