The Grand Prix team championship test is going on now at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. The first rider to go, the Dutch Hans Peter Minderhoud scored 69.625% aboard the Dutch warmblood mare Nadine (by Partout). Minderhoud stayed fault free but lost some engagement in the piaffe and made pirouettes that were too big.
At the moment, five riders have gone. The scores can be followed live via the official website. Live streaming is available for U.S. residents at NBC Olympics and for Europeans via Eurovision sports (channel 2).
Go Team USA! Michael Barisone (reserve) Dr. Rick Mitchell Team vet, Gim Merrick - USEF Managing director of Dressage, Steffan Peters, Debbie mcDonals, Courtney King-Dye, and coach Klaus Balkenhol (photo courtesty of Dr. Rick Mitchell)
Beatriz Ferrer-Salat Withdraws due to Injured Fabergé
Spanish Olympic team rider Beatriz Ferrer-Salat has witdrawn her black Hanoverian mount Fabergé from Olympic competition due to an injury. Ferrer-Salat is currently standing on the sideline watching team mates Jordi Domingo and Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz prepare their horses in Hong Kong.
Four days before the veterinary inspection at the 2008 Olympic Games, Faberge went lame, but owner and rider Beatriz Ferrer-Salat has said that she will try everything to get him fit again for the Grand Prix. The Spanish team veterinarian is looking into the matter but the horse will definitely not recover in time for the vet check. Read More...
Adriaan van de Goor Passed Away
Adriaan van de Goor, acclaimed KWPN breeder and part-owner of the legendary Dutch warmblood dressage stallion Ferro, has passed away in the night of 9 to 10 August, 2008, after a long illness from cancer. He was 62 years old.
Three weeks ago, Van de Goor was honoured at the mare keuring in Veghel for his achievements as a breeder and horse owner. He has been involved in three horses competing at the 2008 Olympic Games. Together with his wife and daughter, Van de Goor had planned on going to Hong Kong on August 10, 2008, but unfortunately died the day before his departure.
Together with Jan Lamers, van de Goor was part owner of Ferro. Three of his offspring are competing at the Olympics: His own bred American team horse Harmony's Mythilus (by Ferro) and Spanish team horse Prestige (by Ferro). Furthermore, his own bed Realist (by Ferro) is jumping for Colombia under Carlos Lopez.