Olympic Social Media Roundup: August 16
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:
Bad news from #Rio2016 #GBR horse Cassionato withdrawn from tomorrow's #EquestrianJumping Michael Whitaker is out of the running #TwoHearts…
— 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.
The tractor gets the biggest cheer of the day in #Rio2016 #EquestrianJumping
— Horse & Country TV (@HorseAndCountry) August 16, 2016
were those just cheers for the man on the tractor….? #EquestrianJumping @HorseHour
— leah morgan (@leahwrazin) August 16, 2016
The Dancing Tractors are carrying the #BRA flag, crowd goes wild! Gotta love #EquestrianJumping #Rio2016 @FEI_Global
— #HorseHour (@HorseHour) August 16, 2016
#Harrowing at the #equestrian, #Rio style. #Olympics #EquestrianJumping pic.twitter.com/zfJHMgaGZT
— Paula Ward (@Paula_Ward) August 16, 2016
Fine Lady 5 and Eric Lamaze can apparently levitate:
Eric Lamaze's mare is a scopey beast. I need her. #TwoHearts #GoingForGold pic.twitter.com/GAolHGPd6I
— 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:
PÉNÉLOPE, quelle cavalière !!!?? #TwoHearts #TwoHearts #Rio2016 #FRA
— juju (@jaln_dlpc) August 16, 2016
Cortez is so cute, his leg thing makes me cryyyy. #TwoHearts #EquestrianJumping #Olympics
— Kelly Jones (@kj_equestrian93) August 16, 2016
.@FFEquitation proving that the jumping isn't just contained to the arena! #TwoHearts #EquestrianJumping pic.twitter.com/1Wd3kfOBZJ
— The FEI (@FEI_Global) August 16, 2016
What I would do to ride Azur over a ground pole. #EquestrianJumping #Rio2016 #TwoHearts #TeamUSA
— Aimee MB (@msaimeenicole) August 16, 2016
Michael Whittaker just casually jumping through a combination and over the middle oxer one handed! #legend #TwoHearts #EquestrianJumping
— 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.
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