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U.S. Tied for First after Round One of Team Show Jumping Competition at Rio Olympic Games

(Shannon Brinkman Photo) The equestrian venue at Deodoro Olympic Park was filled with excitement Tuesday for the second day of show jumping at the 2016 Olympic Games. A total of 69 athlete-and-horse combinations representing 24 countries, including 15 teams, competed in the first half of the two-round team competition, which also served as the second qualifier for the individual finals….

Laura Graves Leads U.S. in Dressage Individual Final at 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Excitement filled the air as the final day of dressage got underway at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center on Monday. The top 18 competitors from eight nations competed in the Grand Prix Freestyle, the deciding competition for the Individual medals. Only three athletes from each nation were eligible to compete. After winning the Bronze…

US Hunter Pony and US Pony Jumper Championships Conclude at 2016 US Pony Finals

(Shawn McMillen Photography) The US Hunter Pony Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vans and US Pony Jumper National Championships came to a close on Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park.   Medium Regular Hunter Pony Championship Natalie Jayne and Woodlands Stevie Ray scored the Medium Regular Hunter Pony title with an overall score of 1003.07, winning “Stevie” his second consecutive…

U.S. Show Jumping Team Tied for Eighth on Day One at Rio Olympic Games

(Shannon Brinkman Photo) The show jumping competition, the third and final equestrian discipline at the 2016 Olympic Games, got underway at the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center, on Sunday, showcasing 75 athlete-and-horse combinations from 27 nations. In addition to serving as the first individual qualifier, Sunday’s results determined the starting order for the Team Competition. Kent Farrington produced a clear round…

U.S. Dressage Team Wins Bronze Medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

 (Shannon Brinkman Photo) The U.S. Dressage Team won the Bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Friday following the conclusion of the second half of team competition, the Grand Prix Special. Led by Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, the team, comprised of, Allison Brock and Rosevelt, Laura Graves and Verdades, Kasey Perry-Glass and Dublet, and Steffen Peters and Legolas…

Large Regular, Small Green, and Large Green Hunter Pony Championship Titles Awarded at 2016 US Pony Finals

Mimi Gochman and Storyteller (Shawn McMilen Photograph) The first championship titles of the US Hunter Pony Championship presented by Sallee Horse Vans were claimed Wednesday as the Large Regular Hunter Ponies and the Small Green Hunter Ponies completed their final phases of competition in the 2016 US Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm at the Kentucky Horse Park. Mimi…

U.S. Dressage Team Moves Up Leaderboard after Second Day of Grand Prix Competition at Rio

Shannon Brinkman Photo The second day of dressage competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games had sunshine beaming down on the Deodoro Olympic Equestrian Center as the remaining 30 athlete-and-horse combinations took to the main arena to perform the  Grand Prix test, the first of two tests in team competition. The U.S. team, which held fourth place after the first…