Wow, The Olympics…

Exhausting having to explain our elusive sport of chewing-gum-passage, sticky-asphalt-on-hot-summer-day-piaffe, and-half dead-retriever-dog-with-ball-free walk.

No one understands dressaaghe.  At least not many of my acquaintances.

Now that it’s over, and we’re past the shock of it all, can we at least agree on one thing?

We have a repeat, major badass, lovely Olympic winner and holder of multiple world records!

modern dressage at its best

She has horses with extremely little tension.  I don’t see that exaggerated front leg snappiness that comes from non-stop rollkur for 25 minutes.  Her hands are only forward thinking, and she seems very genuine.

Can we stop wasting time with attention on all the bad sides of Modern Dressage, and just celebrate?!

Forget the never-ending debate on the tight nosebands, blue tongue incidents, horrific news on the direction dressage is taking in Europe.  We have a rider who (at least apparently) is working with a system that actually works correctly.

Focus on the positive!  This is a time to celebrate.  The winner is incomparable to the direction of some other high level riders.  Let’s agree on that!

 

19 thoughts on “Wow, The Olympics…

  1. Cheers to that! I have personally been torn up inside feeling cruel training has maintained such a level of popularity. But negative plus a negative never seems to result in a positive! So I am celebrating, acknowledging the good and bad and choosing to be a positive. I can make my tiny contribution by showing up, caring for my horse first and hoping it rubs off somewhere in my little community. 🙂

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  2. Yes! Have you seen the ITV interview with Charlotte when she talks about being so nervous before the freestyle that her legs were like jelly? It’s lovely becaus she says that when they went into the ring valegro took her hand and she knew it would be alright. I loved that! Thanks for posting something positive. There is too much carping . Let’s celebrate!

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  3. I knew we classical types were onto something when a horse and rider who flawlessly executed a totally correct piaffe and passage were appropriately rewarded for their effort. Not flashy, just a perfect version of a most difficult movement. No tail swishing, either LOL!

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        1. Simply amazing to watch. Last night, I watched their Freestyle from Monday again with my husband, followed by the next rider.
          He could see the relaxation (which is cool since he knows very little about horses.) but thought the next rider was flashier – until there were just a few mistakes. That’s the mystery with Valegro – he is uber “mistake-free”.

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  4. This was one of the better horse meets at the Olympics, from eventing to dressage to show jumping. Many talented riders, many outstanding horses. It seemed fitting the meet ended with a six-way jump-off in show jumping. And, I’m sure Kent Farrington (USA) would’ve loved another chance at the jump-off course rather than finishing fifth. At any other international show, a fifth place finish is a pretty darn good one. 🙂

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    1. I love it that the “old school ” brittish show jumpers are still in the OLYMPICS! Whitakers… Cool. Although I didn’t see them ride, so don’t know how they did.
      And Hey, 5th place is one bright performance though! !! (Just a little sour to get so incredibly close…)

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      1. That’s so true when a rider finishes so close. One can identify with someone like that. About Kent, my daughters got to meet him last November in Las Vegas at the Nationals. Thrill of a lifetime for them to meet a top ranked rider. The bigger thrill was he knew who they were and told them to keep honing their skill set.

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        1. !! Can only imagine how they felt about that!! Talk about giant motivation. 🙂
          Maybe they’ll give him a run for the money soon. Maybe this year!? If in the same class, those are some giant jumps…

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