Category: Equestrian Sports

Neil Spratt comes to grief in the water on Upleadon.
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Badminton 2014: This is as tough as it gets

Event harks back to times of old, when an average dressage test could still win.

Could a breakaway endurance body succeed?
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Could a breakaway endurance body succeed?

Rumblings on both sides of the Atlantic raise the prospect of a breakaway group.

Endurance doping: Time to draw a line in the desert sand?
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Endurance doping: Time to draw a line in the desert sand?

Sport’s reputation faces damage unless infractions can be reined in.

Jock Paget has a last interview with TVNZ's Garth Bray.
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Badminton blog: until next year …

Jane Thompson outlines her highlights and lowlights from Badminton.

Jonathan Paget and Clifton Promise at the beginning: the first trot-up on Thursday morning at Badminton.
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Badminton blog: it was simply amazing

Fantastic Badminton as opposed to last year’s non-existent fantasy event.

Andrew Nicholson and Nereo.
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Badminton blog: cross-country on the easy side?

Jane Thompson agrees with NZ rider Mark Todd on Badminton’s difficulty factor.

Megan Heath and St Daniel with Mark Todd.
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Badminton blog: Cross-country of the century awaits

Blogger Jane Thompson battles failing technology at Badminton.

Andrew Nicholson and Avebury, who are in third place after the first day of dressage at Badminton.
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Badminton blog: Kiwis keep their cool

Kiwis are staying relaxed going into second day of dressage at Badminton, writes Jane Thompson.

Hot favourite Andrew Nicholson with Nereo at the first horse trot-up at Badminton.
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All through at Badminton trot-up

The sheer magnificence of the horses was a highlight of Jane Thompson’s first day.

The weather is on song for this year's Badminton Horse Trials, unlike last year's efforts (below).
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Sun shines over Badminton Horse Trials

After an aborted Badminton last year, Kiwi eventing official Jane Thompson is back for 2013.

Horse sport's blood rules: Still a bloody mess?
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Horse sport’s blood rules: Still a bloody mess?

Clarity needed on blood rules before London Olympics showcase horse sport to the world.

Wet Windsor and mud, glorious mud
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Wet Windsor and mud, glorious mud

Kiwi eventing fan finds more soaking wet horses at Windsor show.

Sodden Badminton not much chop without horses
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Sodden Badminton not much chop without horses

Planning an entire trip around Badminton proved fruitless for a Kiwi traveller.

The uncomfortable question around the Grand National
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The uncomfortable question around the Grand National

No-one disputes the assertion that the death toll from the race is unacceptable.

Matty and Bridget
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Buy the horse, not an illusion

Smart food shoppers know two rules: don’t shop when you’re hungry, and “buy the steak, not the sizzle”.

Why is this FEI reform stuff a big deal?
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Why is this FEI reform stuff a big deal?

Why should your average horse owner get excited about FEI reform?

Akaash Maharaj ... now that's interesting
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Akaash Maharaj … now that’s interesting

The equestrian world is a big place, so you’re forgiven if you have never heard of Akaash Maharaj.

An example of the indentations occurring in more than 80% of the impacts reported by the two observers for the 109 actions that resulted in an impact behind the saddle.
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Let’s thrash out this whip issue

A few months back I suggested that newspaper editors use some caution when their racing writers want to leap to the defence of their sport.

A new trend for the fashionable equestrian
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A new trend for the fashionable equestrian

I’m back, darlings! I shall start off my endeavors for 2011 with the news that we equestrians, are, after all, quite fashionable! Apparently bicycles are becoming rather popular in New York (aka The Big Apple) for various reasons, and riders have been crying out for cool-looking bike helmets. NBC New York Blogger Laura Neilson has […]

Totilas wins again, and we did too!
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Totilas wins again, and we did too!

I can scarcely believe it, darlings! Yes it is true – a horse has indeed won the Best Athlete title at the FEI Awards! I refer, of course, to the delicious Totilas. Along with his jockey Edward Gal, the pair galloped away with the award, which was made at Taipei last week. Eddie could not […]

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