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Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander aboard Itot Du Chateau and in fine form at Greenwich Park in London. Source: AAP

Australian show jumper Edwina Tops-Alexander says her confidence is rising after another flawless display ensured top billing after two qualifications rounds at the London Olympics.

Tops-Alexander, riding Itot Du Chateau, produced another perfect ride yesterday at Greenwich Park to be among six show jumpers ranked equal first.

Fellow Australians James Paterson-Robinson and Julie Hargreaves are equal 19th and the nation is ranked fifth in the team event staged concurrently with the individual competition.

For the second day running, Tops-Alexander, the world’s top-ranked show jumper, didn’t incur a penalty point in her round before a sell-out crowd of 25,000.

“I’m really happy with how we went, my horse jumped great, probably better than I rode,” she said.

“The horse is in good shape … it’s definitely a great feeling when he has been jumping so good.

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Paterson-Robinson was penalised four points yesterday, his same result as in the opening round.

The Australian was slightly unsettled by a delayed entrance to the arena because of loud noise from the crowd, supporting British rider Nick Skelton before him.

“There was a lot of noise when I came into the arena,” Paterson-Robinson said.

 “The officials told me to hang back because Nick was ahead of me and they expected a big roar from the crowd.”

 Australian Matt Williams was eliminated from the individual competition when his horse Watch Me refused two jumps on Saturday.

But Williams still competes with his performance contributing to the team results, with Australia’s top three performances combined to form the overall standing.

“It was an improvement on yesterday but I didn’t ride him with enough trust,” Williams said.

“My elimination from yesterday was playing on my mind.”

 Saudi Arabia lead the teams event with Great Britain among four nations tied for second.


Equestrian Life – Equestrian medal hope Edwina Tops-Alexander revels in pressure to win gold.


EQUESTRIAN gold medal fancy Edwina Tops-Alexander says she’s thriving under extra pressure created by Australia’s barren London Olympics.

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But the world’s top-ranked female show jumper is trying to ignore her nation’s lament at producing just one gold medal.

Tops-Alexander and compatriot Julia Hargreaves produced perfect displays in show jumping’s opening qualification round, among 32 riders to attract no penalty points.

Fellow Australian James Paterson-Robinson incurred four penalty points to advance into the second round ranked equal 41st of the 75 riders.

But Matt Williams was instantly eliminated when his horse Watch Me refused two jumps.

“My horse didn’t want to know … everything got too much for him,” Williams said.

Tops-Alexander, who last year won show jumping’s world tour and more than $1.17 million in prizemoney, had no such problems in advancing into Sunday’s second qualifying round.


The Sydney-born rider was paying scant attention to Australia’s malaise at winning just the one lonely gold medal so far in London.

But the lack of success heightened expectations on the 38-year-old to win gold.

“I like pressure, it’s good for me,” she said.

“I haven’t really been paying a lot of attention to what is going, I have really been trying to stay focused on my own game.

“I want to win as much as everybody else wants me to.”

Hargreaves overcame nerves when entering the Greenwich Park arena holding 23,000 spectators.

“When I saw the crowd I thought ‘oh my God’,” Hargreaves said.

Williams remains part of Australia’s show jumping team in a competition which counts the top three scores from each nation and is held concurrently with the individual event.

Australia were ranked 10th in the team event, where medals will be awarded after Monday’s third qualification round.

Individual jumping medals will be decided Wednesday.

Aussies Lyndal Oatley and cousin Kristy miss out in dressage, but not hubby Patrik

  Lyndal Oatley (AUS) and Sandro Boy-0753

 It was a family affair that lacked a fairytale ending for the horse riders from Down Under.

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Australian Lyndal Oatley just missed out in the Olympic dressage event, and so did her cousin Christie, although her husband Patrik made it for another country – Sweden. 

Oatley, from NSW, was the highest ranking Australian, finishing 37th on her horse Sandro Boy and just missing out on a spot in the final 30 for the second round. 
Christie Oatley, riding Clive, finished 42nd and Victorian Mary Hanna on Cancette came 43rd.

Oatley’s husband Patrik Kittel advanced to the second round by finishing 15th, but she said he would refrain from exercising family bragging rights.

“He’s a proud hubby,” she said. “It might be different if it was the other way around.

“But I’m a proud wife, too. We have been training together for four years and we are still happily married, so we must be doing something right. We keep the love.”

The three Australians also just missed out in the teams event, finishing ninth, two spots away from progressing at the Greenwich Park equestrian centre, which is hosting one of only three Olympic sports where men and women compete on an equal footing.

The Australians are a strong eventing nation but still in their infancy in dressage, which is a kind of horseback ballet, entering for the first time at Sydney 2000.

They registered their best score in London, higher than in Beijing in 2008 where they reached the second round, but in the meantime the whole sport has been taken to a higher level.

Lyndal Oatley finished with a percentage score of 69.37, Christie Oatley with 68.22 and Hanna with 67.96.

They say they have a lot of good young horses coming through which should improve their chances at the next Games in Rio.

Canadian jumper Ian Millar will compete in a record-setting 10th Olympics | Fourth-Place Medal – Yahoo! Sports

Ian Millar will compete in his record-setting 10th Olympics in London (AP)

The first time Ian Millar competed in the Olympics,  gasoline cost an average of 36 cents a gallon, crowds were flocking to see “The Godfather” in movie theaters and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped Billboard’s rock charts.

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Ian Millar (AP)

Millar, a Canadian show jumper, has participated in the equestrian competition at every Olympics since 1972 except for the 1980 Moscow Games that Canada boycotted. The 65-year-old will make his record-breaking 10th Olympic appearance in London, eclipsing the nine trips Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschl made from 1964 to 1996.

“It’s a great thrill to be doing this for the 10th time,” he told the Associated Press earlier this month. “I never had a grand plan. It was all about the journey because the destination is, at best, very uncertain as it is in life.”

Why would Millar still be competing when he’s more than three times as old as some of the other Team Canada members he walked alongside during Friday’s Opening Ceremony? Well, the major reason is he feels he’s still getting better.

Millar won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan-American Games, placed in the top 25 in the individual competition at the past two Olympics and helped lead Canada to a silver medal in the team competition at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“I have so much more experience [now], so much more knowledge and my capabilities are so much higher,” Millar told Canoe.ca earlier this month. “Therefore, my chances of success are way greater.”

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Michael Jung of Germany on his way to the team and eventing individual gold medals on Sam.
Photo © 2012 Nancy Jaffer

July 31, 2012 — Who is the greatest eventer on earth? There is only one answer to that: Michael Jung of Germany. Today he became the first person ever to hold the titles of world champion, European champion and Olympic champion simultaneously.

He also was the only person in the competition, which started with 74 riders, to finish on his dressage score. Sam, the horse who was nearly lost in a battle with his former owner last year, behaved like his usual marvelous self today, soaring over a course that stumped some other big-name combinations. At the time of the ownership dispute, Sam was said to be worth $1 million. What do you think he’s worth now?

When I asked Michael what it was like, being the person who holds three major titles, he had only a one word answer: “Awesome.” Michael seems like an incredibly nice guy. My first experience with him was at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, where he took the world honors, but my impression was the same then. Despite his great ability and golden glory that rains down on him, he doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously.

I wondered what other goals he could possibly have; he now has won all the majors in the championship category. But he gave me a great answer, with a chuckle: “I don’t know. I like to ride the horses, to train with the young horses and that’s the reason I’m a rider, not just to win everything and stop riding.”


This has been an incredible eventing match, with as many twists and turns as Sue Benson’s cross-country route. And today was no exception, coming down to the last fence in the final round. The fashionable (she always looks so cute!) Sara Algotsson-Ostholt of Sweden was tied for the overnight lead on 39.3 penalties with Ingrid Klimke of Germany. But Ingrid had 9 penalties in today’s first round of jumping, for the team medals, and decided there was no point in putting her horse, Butts Abraxas, through another round. She had thought another German could take her place, but that didn’t work out; it was against the rules.

Olympic eventing gold medalist Michael Jung of Germany flanked by his teammate, Sandra Auffarth and Sara Algotsson-Ostholt of Sweden (left).
Photo © 2012 Nancy Jaffer

Sara, however, was fault-free in the first round on her homebred gray mare, Wega, (can you imagine taking a homebred to the Olympics? Well, we all can dream). Michael also was clear, leading up to a showdown in the second round, which was for the individual title. (Remember I told you that the International Olympic Committee does not allow two medals to be presented for one competition anymore, the way it used to be done. And remember I said I thought that was stupid? I’ll bet Michael doesn’t think so…).

He was fault-free again in round two, and all that was left was to watch Sara go. She was having a beautiful trip until the last fence, where she found herself in a bit of an argument with her mare, who had gotten strong. The result was that in the last second of the last competition, a rail came down and Michael, who had been behind by 1.3 penalties, became the winner. As I predicted yesterday, if you’ll recall. His score was 40.6 penalties, to 43.3 for Sara and 44.8 for the up-and-coming German rider, Sandra Auffarth, who took the bronze.

Michael also led Germany to the team title, which it had won in the 2008 Olympics as well, but without him. Two gold medals meant a very happy 30th birthday for Germany’s top rider; talk about the stars being lined up at the right time. The Brits, who desperately had wanted to take the gold for the first time since 1972 while riding in their home nation, settled for silver with 138.2 penalties to Germany’s 133.7, but were very gracious about it, and the crowd loved them.  The stands were a sea of waving Union Jacks; there is no question this country loves its riders.

“Although it wasn’t the gold, it was still worth it,” said team member Zara Phillips.

Another Olympic story was Miner’s Frolic, ridden by Christina Gifford Cook to clinch the medal, with just one time penalty. The horse, her 2008 Olympic double bronze medal mount, had suffered from colitis last year and it wasn’t clear that he could ever be ridden again, let alone live. What a marvelous comeback he made.

Faces in the crowd: Look at the top row—Princes William (left) and Harry (red hair) flank Kate Middleton, William’s wife. They didn’t really blend in; they were part of a long row of royals in the VIP section who were on hand to watch Zara Phillips.
Photo © 2012 Nancy Jaffer

It was very cool to see Princess Anne, who rode in the 1976 Olympics, congratulate her daughter, Zara, on the podium. I feel sorry for Zara, she gets so much media attention. The place was swarming with photographers, but one of the photo bosses here said that the London papers will clear out for the most part after today, because they are only interested in Zara and her royal connections. Good. It will be less crowded. I wasn’t allowed to go out and take shots of the medal presentations because only a limited number of photogs could be accommodated and as an American photographer, I was told I had to shoot from the sidelines because, “The U.S. isn’t on the podium.” That’s an understatement.

New Zealand, third on 144.4 penalties, edged Sweden by 4 penalties. Sweden will continue to be a force in the sport in the future; it has the talent and the horses. That tough New Zealand campaigner, Andrew Nicholson, put in two clear rounds today on Nereo and wound up fourth on 49 penalties.

The Best Time to Feed Before Competition | Equinews

The Best Time to Feed Before CompetitionBy Dr. Joe Pagan · June 25, 2012

One of the most common question that is asked about feeding the performance horse is when to feed before a competition. Theoretically, feeding should be timed so that all of the nutrients from a meal have been digested, absorbed, and stored before starting exercise, but not so long before exercise that the horse begins to mobilize fuels just to maintain its resting body functions.

To test this hypothesis, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) conducted an exercise experiment in conjunction with the Waltham Centre for Equine Nutrition and Care. Six trained Thoroughbreds performed a standardized exercise test (SET) at three different times after eating a grain-based meal. The exercise was performed eight hours after eating, three hours after eating, or after an overnight fast. This SET, carried out on the high-speed treadmill, consisted of a two-minute warm-up walk, one-half-mile trot, one-half-mile slow gallop, one-mile fast gallop (25 miles per hour), and a warm-down trot and walk. Heart rate was monitored throughout exercise and blood samples were taken before feeding, hourly until the beginning of the SET, throughout exercise, and 15 and 30 minutes post exercise. Blood was analyzed for glucose, insulin, and lactate.

Heart rate was higher at the slow gallop and during the warm-down trot when the horses were exercised three hours after feeding. Insulin was significantly higher in the three-hour-fed horses at the beginning and throughout exercise. Blood glucose was also higher after the three-hour feeding at the beginning of exercise. During exercise, however, blood glucose dropped in the horses exercised three hours after eating while it increased in the horses fasted overnight or fed eight hours before work. Lactate increased with exercise, but was unaffected by time of feeding.

The large drop in blood glucose experienced by the horses worked three hours after feeding is not desirable. Basically, the horse has three sources of energy to fuel muscle contraction during exercise. It can use fat, either from the diet or from body stores; it can use muscle glycogen; or it can use blood glucose. Fat stores are plentiful and are good sources of energy during slow work. As exercise intensity increases, faster fuel is needed and glucose is oxidized. If this glucose originates from muscle glycogen, stores are fairly plentiful and depletion is unlikely at distances shorter than endurance rides.

Blood glucose is the most limited fuel available to the horse. Blood glucose is maintained primarily from mobilization of liver glycogen and these stores are small compared to the amount of glycogen stored in the muscle. If blood glucose is used extensively by the muscle, then blood glucose will fall and this may lead to central nervous system fatigue since glucose is the primary fuel used by the nervous system.

The horses exercised three hours after feeding experienced a large drop in blood glucose because insulin was elevated at the onset of exercise. This caused an increased uptake of glucose by the working muscle. The horses exercised after an overnight fast or eight hours post feeding began work with resting levels of both glucose and insulin. During exercise, blood glucose actually increased, indicating that the horses were mobilizing liver glycogen at a faster rate than the glucose was being cleared from the blood.

Time of feeding had no effect on lactic acid accumulation during exercise, suggesting that time of feeding only affected how fuels were used for aerobic exercise. Anaerobic energy generation was unaffected. This means that during extremely intense exercise of short duration such as a Thoroughbred race, time of feeding is not nearly as important as when the horse is performing strenuous exercise of longer duration such as the cross-country phase of a three-day event. All of the parameters measured responded nearly the same whether the horses were fed eight hours before work or fasted overnight. It is probably better to exercise horses eight hours after feeding rather than fasting them overnight, since an overnight fast may disrupt digestive function and there is evidence that fasting horses may lead to stomach ulcers.

Cyberhorse Virtual Equestrian | London Olympics – Germans clinch double gold at Greenwich | Eventing Olympics

London Olympics – Germans clinch double gold at Greenwich




Written by Louise Parkes Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:08

Indivmedallist300x200Team Germany repeated their 2008 Olympic medal-winning performance when claiming Eventing team and individual gold at the London 2012 Olympic equestrian venue in Greenwich Park today.

Left – Individual medallists, Sara Algotsson Ostholt (SWE)  Silver, Michael Jung (GER) Gold and Sandra Auffarth(GER) Bronze.

Such was their supremacy that they clinched the team title even before their last rider went into the ring, and

Michael Jung set a new record in equestrian sport when becoming the first-ever event rider to hold Olympic, European and World titles at the same time. What a way to celebrate his 30thbirthday!

The finale brought four fabulous days of Eventing sport to the perfect conclusion. After the destination of team gold had been established, the battle for silver and bronze was waged between Great Britain, Sweden and New Zealand, and it was the host nation that was eventually rewarded with silver while the Kiwis claimed the bronze.

  It seemed that Sweden might be compensated for being pushed off the team medal podium when Sara Algotsson Ostholt went into the individual final as sole leader after Germany’s Ingrid Klimke left two fences on the floor in this morning’s team medal decider. But a last-fence error saw the Swede having to settle for silver, while Jung showed his extraordinary class to clinch the gold, with his team-mate Sandra Auffarth securing individual bronze in equally convincing fashion.


  The 12-fence track for the team competition was not over-big, but with plenty of twists and turns, including four roll-backs, and a tight time-allowed of 83 seconds it asked plenty of questions after the previous day’s tough cross-country challenge.

  A total of 53 horse-and-rider partnerships lined out, and there were just nine teams still intact, the Belgians going out of contention when Dunkas A (Marc Rigouts) and Lilly des Aulnes (Joris Van Springel) did not present for the final horse inspection, along with Donatien Schauly’s Ocarina du Chanois for France, and Michelle Mueller’s Amistad for Canada. The US team was reduced to four when Boyd Martin’s Otis Barbotiere was withdrawn in the holding box, along with Wag, the ride of Poland’s Pawel Spisak.

  There were just 12 clear rounds, and the first was registered by Italian individual Vittoria Panizzon who was lying 22nd after a great gallop across country with borough Penny Z. Her compatriot Stefano Brecciaroli was one of just two riders to have a refusal, and both happened at the vertical coming off a left-hand turn at fence 6, the Cutty Sark.

  Less than 10 penalty points separated the four leading nations as the action began, and nine time faults for Jonelle Richards (Flintstar) didn’t help the fourth-placed Kiwis, but the lovely clear from Linda Algotsson and La Fair was a great boost for third-placed Sweden.


  The excitement was ratcheted up another notch when Team GB’s William Fox-Pitt was clear well inside the time with Lionheart, although team-mate Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz hit the second fence. Germany kicked off with two down for Peter Thomsen and Barny, but Dirk Schrade and King Artus piled the pressure on both the British and the Swedes with a lovely clear.

  Meanwhile Caroline Powell’s living legend, Lenamore, showed that even though he celebrates his 20th birthday tomorrow, 1 August, because he was born in the Southern Hemisphere, he was definitely none-the-worse for his previous day’s endeavours when almost running away with his rider during the horse inspection and then lowering just the last element of the triple combination on course. Powell’s team-mate, Jonathan Paget, gave the Swedes and British some breathing space with one down on Clifton Promise, but when Sweden’s Niklas Lindback and Mr Pooh collected nine faults and Britain’s Zara Phillips and High Kingdom hit the second fence and then added three time penalties to their score line, the Kiwis kept looking stronger all the time.

  In the end however, none of the them could match the mighty Germans who, with a single-fence advantage as the competition began, already had gold in their grip when Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo gave an exhibition of jumping and Michael Jung and Sam followed suit. Swedish medal chances disappeared with a double-error for Ludvig Svnnerstal and Shamwari, despite a clear from Sara Algotsson Ostholt and the lovely mare Wega. But the Swedes still had individual gold in their sights when the latter’s rival for individual pole position, Germany’s Ingrid Klimke, had two fences down to disappear from the reckoning. Typically sporting, Klimke gave a broad smile and waved to the crowd, knowing she would soon have a team gold medal around her neck anyway.


  It was a super-tight battle between Britain and New Zealand in the closing stages.  

  Mary King’s round with Imperial Cavalier kept the host nation’s hopes very much alive, but Andrew Nicholson and Nereo matched that with a classy fault-free effort for New Zealand. However, when Nicholson’s fellow-countryman, Mark Todd, collected seven faults with Campino and Britain’s Tina Cook and Miners Frolic picked up just a single time fault, the host nation was assured of silver and the Kiwis of bronze.  

  German team trainer, Chris Bartle, said afterwards: “I’m delighted, and proud of the tremendous performances of this team. At the beginning of the week I brought them together and asked them to shut their eyes and dream of a gold medal around their necks.” It seems that worked a treat.   

  Britain’s Tina Cook said: “It was a silver medal won, not a gold medal lost. It was a very strong competition, and we did have a chance of gold today but we could have lost it completely and have gone home with nothing at all. Silver is still very special.”

One of the biggest surprises of the team event was the fifth-place finish for the Irish who, at this Olympic Games, have produced some really quality performances. Despite being reduced to just a three-strong side, they stood firm today with Aoife Clark’s clear round from Master Crusoe putting pressure on the Americans and Australians. And when Joseph Murphy matched that with Electric Cruise and Mark Kyle put just 7.20 faults on the board they demoted two giants of the game to show that, in the not-too-distant-future, they may return to being truly competitive in the discipline in which they once excelled.
Clear rounds proved hard to get once again in the Individual final, in which just 24 started when Ingrid Klimke withdrew. Lying 13th, Zara Phillips produced one of nine clean sheets, despite a moment when it seemed she might be unseated after a big jump from High Kingdom over the second fence. Aoife Clark’s second fault-free effort of the day ensured she would improve from 11th place, and when Australia’s Chris Burton (HP Leilani) and New Zealand’s Mark Todd both left two on the floor the Irish woman made some serious headway up the leader board.  
Going sixth from last, Andrew Nicholson and Nereo looked set for a foot-perfect run until meeting the white planks at fence six on a bad distance, but fifth-place Sandra Auffarth ensured she would stay well in the frame with another of her awe-inspiring rounds from Opgun Louvo.  
There was just one fence separating the top four, and less than a fence dividing the top three, but for Britain’s Tina Cook and Mary King it all unravelled in exactly the same places. Both of them hit the opening vertical and then faulted again at the gate two fences later to allow Auffarth to soar up the placings. And when fellow-German, Michael Jung, produced yet another super-smooth tour of the track, the Germans were already holding silver and bronze.  
Sweden’s Sara Algotsson Ostholt could afford only a single time fault, and seemed destined for the ultimate prize with her lovely mare, Wega, jumping quick and clean all the way. But as she explained afterwards, she made a mistake on the last line of fences. “She was a little bit strong, but we had to ride quite fast because of the time and I came fast into the triple combination (the penultimate fence). I told her to be careful there, and I also asked her at the last, but I needed more control, she lost a toe and so it happened,” she said. That final oxer meant the difference between Olympic gold and silver, with Michael Jung claiming the title.
The new Olympic eventing champion said he jumped off his horse to see Algotsson Ostholt go. “She’s a very good rider, but that was a sad mistake for her in the end”, admitting that he had been expecting to finish second, “but first is better!” he exclaimed. “It was a big dream for me to ride in my first Olympic Games, but every competition is very easy with Sam (his horse), he always does a great job. I had hoped that if it all went perfectly we would have a medal coming to these Olympic Games, but never in my dreams did I think I would take home two gold medals!”

Germany – Gold Medallists

Great Britain – Silver medallists and home crowd favourites

New Zealand – Bronze medallists in London

Facts and Figures
MichaelJung150Double-gold medallist, Germany’s Michael Jung (pictured right)  celebrated his 30th birthday today.

4 horses did not present at the final horse inspection – Donatien Schauly’s Ocarina du Chanois (FRA), Michelle Mueller’s Amistad (Canada), Belgium’s Dunkas A (Marc Rigouts) and Lilly des Aulnes (Joris Van Springel).

2 horses were withdrawn in the Holding Box – Otis Barbotiere (Boyd Martin) USA and Wag (Pawel Spisak) POL.

Individual final Jumping test is open to the top 25, including ties for 25th place, with a restriction of 3 horse/rider combinations per country.

9 nations competed for the team medals this morning – Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, USA, France, Brazil.

Australia, Ireland and Brazil started today with just three horse-and-rider combinations.
Only one member of the Dutch team remained in the competition on the last day.  

This was the first time for The Netherlands to field an Olympic Eventing team in 20 years, but they had only three team members and when Elaine Pen was unseated at the second water yesterday that put paid to a finishing score for the Dutch.  

Hawley Bennett-Awad (Canada) fell on the cross-country course yesterday. She incurred a stable fracture of her pelvis, but was discharged from hospital this afternoon.
53 horse-and-rider combinations started the final day.

12 clear rounds in team competition.
The three-man Brazilian team finished in ninth place and are now looking forward to Rio 2016.

Mark Todd (NZL) equalled the record set by America’s Mike Plumb when winning his sixth Olympic eventing medal today.
ZaraPhillipsSilverfromPrincessRoyal250Zara Phillips (GBR), talking about what it was like after knocking the second fence – “I just had to get on with it, I think Nicola had the same fence down and I wish they hadn’t told me. After that fantastic day yesterday he (High Kingdom) was not completely himself this morning but he did really well.  I’m disappointed for the team but really happy for him (High Kingdom).”
Zara Phillips (GBR), asked what it was like competing under such pressure and in front of so many of her family – “the whole week has been an amazing experience. He’s an inexperienced horse and coped really well yesterday after losing two front shoes. Today he might have been better off if my mother was on him!”  

Pictured right – Zara Phillips received her silver medal from mum The Princess Royal.
Ingrid Klimke (GER) “I am so proud, but most of all I am proud of my horse (Butts Abraxxas). He showed all his qualities here in London and to have just two fences down was not too bad. Jumping is not his strongest phase and it wasn’t a catastrophe.”

Tina COOK (GBR), team silver, on how she coped with the pressure of having to jump clear to secure the silver medal for her team: “It was mind over matter, although now I’ve finished I’m so frustrated that I had a time fault and have dropped down to fourth individually. I can’t get too excited about winning a medal, as I’ve got to come back out and do it again.”

Karen O’CONNOR (USA) on how these Olympic Games compare with previous ones in which she has competed: “Every Games is unique. I lived here (in Great Britain) for several years so everything is very familiar and I have lots of fans here, which is amazing.”

Karen O’Connor – On how many more Olympics she might compete in: “I’ll continue until someone pulls me aside and says ‘you’re getting too old for this’, and that hasn’t happened yet.”

Andrew NICHOLSON (NZL), on his clear round with Nereo, finishing on 45.00: “It felt very, very good today. Mine is a big horse and he can get time faults. I can’t afford to ask him to go too fast because if I open his stride too much he could have fences down”.

Jonelle RICHARDS (NZL), on the feeling within the New Zealand team: “There’s a brilliant feeling inside our camp. It makes a great difference when you have a chemistry between the riders.”

Jonelle Richards talking about her horse Flintstar:”My horse is young, I’m young and we’ll both get smarter.”

Sandra AUFFARTH (GER) on her attitude going into the jumping: “My horse and I were both the same. We were very concentrated. I did not worry because we have such a good relationship.”

You can find all the results here

Individuals HERE

  Teams HERE