Items

Forums
 
RIO Olympic Equine Qualifier Update
 By Winniefield Park   •   23rd Jul 2016   •   2,045 views   •   0 comments


Venue catastrophes, Zika virus, dodgy contracts, water pollution, lawsuits, alleged corruption, equine disease outbreaks and more have dogged the preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics. But, on August 5, the largest international sports competition will begin and letís hope that itís the triumphant athletes that make the headlines for the duration. This year, over 10,000 athletes will be competing in 28 different sports.

The equestrian competitions start on August 7th and the venue is the Deodora Equestrian Center in Rio de Janeiro. Medals will be awarded in team and individual competitions in dressage, show jumping and eventing. Currently, 43 countries have qualified to send either teams or riders. And, five countries will be making debut appearances: Chinese Taipei, Dominican Republic, Palestine, Qatar and Zimbabwe.

There have been a few upsets on the road to Rio for the riders themselves. Captain Canada Ian Millar did not qualify to compete in what would have been his 11th consecutive Olympic games. Millarís horse Dickson required two sinus surgeries and did not recover in time to qualify. The Millar name will go to Rio however. Amy Millar, Ian Millarís youngest daughter will make her Olympic debut riding a horse named Heros. Ian Millar himself is far from sidelined. The 69 year old rider is working with a new horse named Vittorio. Maybe number 11 will be in four years for the elder Millar?

Related: Hiroshi Hoketsu at 74 Years Old to Qualify for Rio Olympics
Related: Will Rio Summer Olympics Equestrian Venue be Ready After Troubled Start
Related: Deadly Equine Glanders Disease Outbreak at Rio Olympic Stables

You can only imagine Millarís disappointment at not being in Rio as a competitor, but it could only be worse for British event rider Izzy Taylor. Taylor was to make her Olympic debut, but after her horse sustained an injury during training Taylor was forced to withdraw from the British Eventing team. Sheís been replaced by three time eventing medalist Pippa Funnell. Hopefully sheíll get another shot at an Olympic spot in four years time.

Remember Hiroshi Hoketsu? He was one of the oldest Olympic athletes ever. Back in May, Hoketsu announced his bid for an Olympic spot this summer had come to an end. Hoketsuís new horse Brioni W has been plagued by soundness issues. Another 70 year old rider, Dr. Jorge Ferreira da Roche of Brazil also failed to qualify for an Olympic spot after missing qualifying events due to personal health problems.

The U.S. equestrian teams have had a smoother ride and there are some very familiar names on the roster. Former Olympians Maclean Ward, Beezie Madden, Phillip Dutton and Steffan Peters will be heading for Rio. The U.S. has qualified one team in each discipline.

On the upside for those attending is that the accommodations, weather and stabling are nothing out of the ordinary. There shouldnít be extreme heat or humidity as competitors had to prepare for in Atlanta and Barcelona. While it may be high summer for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, itís technically winter in Brazil. Altitude and thin air wonít be a factor as it was in Mexico City. Riders are reporting challenging but not unduly dangerous cross country and stadium jumping courses.

So, how do we watch our favorite riders? Thankfully, Brazilís time zone is UTC-4. Most of the US east is either UTC-4, -5 or -6. The west coast is UTC-8, So for viewers in North America you wonít need to get up to watch live broadcasts at 3AM. In fact, if you have to work, most of the action will take place during business hours. In the US, NBC will be carrying Olympic coverage. The CBC will be Canadaís Olympic station along with coverage by TSN. In Britain you can catch televised events on BBC Sport and in Australia, Seven Network will be carrying Olympic coverage.
 Related Horse News
Hiroshi Hoketsu at 74 Years Old to Qualify for Rio Olympics
14th Feb 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
If Hoketsu qualifies for this yearís 2016 Rio Olympics he will be the oldest Olympic athlete in history. He was the oldest athlete competing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Now, in 2016 at 74 years old, he is well over twice the av ...
Deadly Equine Glanders Disease Outbreak at Rio Olympic Stables
14th Aug 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
There are a few horse diseases I think of as being Ďold fashionedí because you just donít hear about horses getting them any more. So, I was surprised to learn that a deadly disease called Glanders, one of the oldest recognized di ...
Will Rio Summer Olympics Equestrian Venue be Ready After Troubled Start
9th Feb 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The start of the Rio Summer Olympics is just a few months off. The test events for eventing, stadium jumping and dressage, held in August 2015 were deemed successes by organizers. But it seems as with every other big event, there ...
RIO Olympic Equine Qualifier Update
23rd Jul 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Venue catastrophes, Zika virus, dodgy contracts, water pollution, lawsuits, alleged corruption, equine disease outbreaks and more have dogged the preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics. But, on August 5, the largest international ...
Adelinde Cornelissen Walks Away from Medal for Horse
21st Oct 2021   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
A fifteen-year journey to the Rio Olympics took an unexpected turn for a Dutch dressage rider and her horse Parzival. Adelinde Cornelissen was faced with what might have been a difficult decision for some. She turned her back on t ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Winniefield Park
🐎 BLM Wild Horse Management Controversy
26th Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
CBS Eye On America takes a close look at the BLMís management of Americaís wild horse herds and the controversies that persist. The agency has faced criticism for its practices and animal rights advocates claim there are more huma ...
🥷FightLikeAGirl by Graham Estate Friesians at PonyBox Top Spot
22nd Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
FightLikeAGirl isnít letting the winter blues get her down. Sheís climbed to the top of the ranks with a 102.5 inch jump and 1,063,500 PB in earnings. FightLikeAGirl is by the 95th generation sire *G Oath of Odin and 103rd generat ...
🐴 18 Horses Near Alford Mass Surrendered and Ready for Adoption
20th Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
18 horses were surrendered to the MSPCA near Alford, Massachusetts early in December 2022. Several horses were deemed ready for adoption this week while others were still recovering from a respiratory illness. To prevent the sprea ...
🤠 Partnership Between Real Cowboys and Horse
19th Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Real cowboys had no choice but to ride a horse to perform their work. Sometimes a partnership between horse and rider worked out, sometimes it didnít. Captured in memoirs, stories and journals, hereís what cowboys at the height of ...
🐴 Horse Therapy for Mental Health and Addiction Problems
17th Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
For those working through mental health and addiction problems, Equine Assisted Learning can be a way to tackle stumbling blocks and learn a new way of thinking and maintaining healthy habits. Hereís how one team and their horses ...
🐾 All You Need to Know About EPM Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis
17th Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The territory of opossums and other animals that thrive in warmer climates has expanded as areas experience milder winters. That could increase the spread of some diseases. Opossums are known to carry protozoa debilitating and som ...
🎉 *Guarded Myth* Scores a Hattrick to Kick Off 2023
15th Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
As the first full week of 2023 came to a close *Guarded Myth* scores a hattrick took all three top spots. At the age of 18 this Friesian mare out of the PythonPonyPalaces stable had earned 10,755,700 PB and the top rank. Her highe ...
🥶 Workers Save Four Horses After They Broke Through Ice
10th Jan 2023   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Rescuers were panicking but quick thinking saved four horses after they broke through the ice of a frozen pond. Neighbours in the Kalispell area teamed together and using ropes, chainsaws, shovels and picks, were able to free the ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2023   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
105 Members Online 271,538 Registered Members 3,150 News Articles 14,242,185 Unique News Article Views 336,961,315 Website Views