Jumping, more jumping, and tractor dancing.
Judging by the electric atmosphere in the stadium at Rio, it’s safe to say that showjumping might be THE most popular Olympic equestrian sport. Compared to the subjective dressage in pure dressage and eventing, or eventing’s long and looping cross-country course, it’s easy to follow: the horse and rider who get around the fastest and keep all the jumps up, win. National pride was strong today among fans, giving the Olympic Equestrian Centre the kind of feel one expects from the best competition in the world.
Our thoughts are with Michael Whitaker and the rest of Team Great Britain as this news broke this evening that Cassionato was suffering from colic symptoms:
— Hyndsight Vision (@HyndsightEquine) August 16, 2016
Best of luck for Cassionato’s recovery.
Before we take our closer look at the social media of the day, let’s give a big Horse Nation shout-out to the real heroes of Olympic showjumping, the popular drag tractor squad.
— Horse & Country TV (@HorseAndCountry) August 16, 2016
— leah morgan (@leahwrazin) August 16, 2016
— #HorseHour (@HorseHour) August 16, 2016
— Paula Ward (@Paula_Ward) August 16, 2016
Fine Lady 5 and Eric Lamaze can apparently levitate:
— Horse Issues (@horseissues) August 16, 2016
Other Olympics were perhaps not so lucky — but full of class even in defeat.
And Twitter, as usual, was full of the best concise observations on the day:
— juju (@jaln_dlpc) August 16, 2016
— Kelly Jones (@kj_equestrian93) August 16, 2016
— The FEI (@FEI_Global) August 16, 2016
— Aimee MB (@msaimeenicole) August 16, 2016
— Lauren (@Laurencanfall) August 16, 2016
Olympic riders: they’re just like us! In some respects anyway.
No one can deny that Team Brazil lit up the stadium!
And a few of our favorite shots of the day:
We’ll continue to bring you coverage of the Olympics as showjumping carries on! Keep it locked on Horse Nation.