There’s so much more going on than what you see on TV.
Another exciting day of equestrian competition saw a number of fan favorites perform today, with multiple shifts on the leaderboard for both individual and team standings. Behind the points and scores and maneuvers, however, the Olympics in some respects is just like any other horse show: in the stables, the warm-up rings and the hearts and minds of competitors, there’s another world to be discovered.
We’ll kick things off with an update from current leader Charlotte Dujardin which will hit you right in the feels.
Don’t worry, there’s another one … from show jumper Beezie Madden.
Oh, and another one. We’re familiar with the story of Dutch rider Adelinde Cornelissen, who retired her 19-year-old partner mid-test. Read her words this time and go hug your horse. No, we’re not crying … you’re crying.
Here are a few other glimpses from around the Olympic Equestrian Centre today:
— The FEI (@FEI_Global) August 11, 2016
On the way back to the apartment Wanderberry and Jantien were joined by Eddy de Wolffe van Westerrode. Wanderberry likes Eddy very much because he is one of the dressage judges at the Olympics who gave his friend Valegro lovely marks in the Grand Prix today. #willberrywonderpony #kickingcancersbutt #twohearts #olympics #valegro #dressage @knhsnederland @fei_global #bustrip
Thank you so much for all your support!! I enjoyed every minute off my ride. Unfortunatly Timmie felt very tired for i dont know what reason.. Maybe the flight.. And we made 2 very expencive mistakes which made our score drop to 70.7 % we didnt make it to the Special but i am so happy with just being part of this amazing event. And i'm gonna enjoy every single day left here! ? #equestrian #twohearts
And, of course, Charlotte and Valegro never fail to inspire.
— Michèle (@Shelly_RM) August 11, 2016
— Reckless EvStorm (@KeeleyBurman) August 11, 2016
— Lucy (@Lucytweetz) August 11, 2016
— Miranda (@Mfoster25Aol) August 11, 2016
— Fit2Ride (@Fit2Ride1) August 11, 2016
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