There are two great stories at the Olympics. The double gold medal winner in the most dangerous sport in the world, the eventing, is a true amateur. He funds his hobby by being a dentist and wins gold medals in his spare time. LOL!
And a small white stallion who is currently lying second in the Olympic dressage started his career in the circus. Then he became a police horse. He was spotted in a parade by a dressage rider when he was 11 and is now taking part in his second Olympics.
Sometimes it isn't all about having loads of money. :-)
dagbladet I disagree. If a dentist can get double gold and an ex police horse can get into the top 10 then it isn't all about money is it? Hard work, talent and a large dollop of luck are involved too.
Equestrian sports are a labour of love. Even the best in the world struggle to fund what they do. Their is almost no sponsorship, certainly nobody making millions from it. The team GB team member who did have an awesome horse bought for her blew up in both her tests and came nowhere.
Clapton is God I know you're joking. If you need proof of how skilled it is to ride a horse round an Olympic course (Showjumping, eventing or dressage) I'll lend you my horse. She's not quite Olympic but she'll take you over 5 foot or do Advanced dressage. If you know how to ask right. ;-) Kind of interesting is that the rider does more aerobic exercise with a higher heart rate and breathing than the horse in a round of showjumping.
Tullie eventing is also called 3 day eventing. It is far and away the most dangerous sport in the world. In the past 12 months worldwide 35 people have died doing it. Since the Olympics have been on there have been 2 event riders killed in the UK. A 23 year old girl in England and a 43 yo man in Northern Ireland. Piloting a half ton animal at 30 miles an hour over 4 foot fences that do not fall down if you hit them is not easy and is not forgiving if you make a mistake. :-(
I think the 3 day eventing was spoilt when they took out the roads and tracks. I used to enjoy that as a warm-up both for me and my horse, we have both retired from eventing now so it's just roads and tracks for us most weekends.
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