Spectator Training: Equestrian Events at the 2012 London Olympics

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Pippa Funnel (GBR) riding Billy Shannon at fence 5 on the Cross Country course at the Greenwich Park Olympic test event with Canary Wharf in the distance. Photo by Bob Martin and courtesy of London 2012.

Way back, eight years ago, the first blog I ever followed was Jim Wofford’s blog about his experiences coaching the Canadian Equestrian Team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Before that, I hadn’t seen the possibilities of blogging, only misconceptions.  His description of Anky van Grunsven’s graceful ride in streaming sunlight as well as his humorous descriptions of actions among the other Olympic equestrians clued me in on a new way of reporting.

Watching the Olympics often inspires us with aHA! moments that fill us with the warmth of the global community and remind us that anything is possible.

Before you sit down to watch all the Olympic equestrian action on one of the yet-to-be-specified NBC networks, you might want to get a little advance information from these online sources. Also, if you keep reading, there’s a fun treat at the end.


Fran Jurga’s “Discover London Olympics” blog

Get up to speed. Learn about the athletes, the sports, catch the commentary and be in on the wry British humor about the games and how the London Games popped up on the US political scene. If it’s cultural and related to equestrian sports in the 2012 Olympics, Fran will have it on her Discover London Olympics blog.

Regarding Horses – Olympic Equestrian Sports 101

My Spideysense is telling me that the Regarding Horses blog is starting a series  about each of the Olympic equestrian sports. As of this writing, she’s covered Show Jumping and Dressage.

My How to Watch Dressage – for “civilians”

For many, those new to riding or those with more of a hobby level interest, the most easily understandable dressage event will be the freestyle, which is basically horses seeming to dance to music. One of this blog’s first posts was “Newbie’s Guide to Dressage,” explaining sort of a “big picture” description of dressage – what all that riding in circles means.

The US Equestrian Team News Page

Although the USET’s website homepage is all about fundraising – think about it, amateur athletes have to get training and travel money somehow – the link is to the news page.

Great Britain’s Equestrian Team

Meet members of the host team.

Horse and Hound magazine

The magazine of British equestrian sports also reports on the other European teams. Here’s the Horse and Hound Olympics page.

When to watch the Games themselves

NBC has the coverage rights to the 2012 Olympics. Here’s NBC’s schedule for 2012 Olympic equestrian sports. Most people will want to set their DVRs because the time difference puts live coverage in the middle of the US work day.  Also, keep in mind that at this writing, the specific NBC Sports network airing the event has not yet been posted. You might want to sign up for the Alerts on the webpage.

Our behind-the-scenes of Olympics trial coverage

An exclusive! A new series – Memories of an Olympics Trial judge. Horsey Set Net reader and historical author K.B. Inglee has written about her experiences as an Olympics trial judge for eventing.  Stay tuned. You’re going to love it.

And now – a little treat

Speaking of “Horse and Hound,” Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in a clip from NOTTING HILL. Hugh’s character steals a few moments with his new lady love by impersonating a reporter from “Horse and Hound” magazine. Is it Olympic-related? Uh, no. Are there horses in it? Nope. It’s just for fun. Enjoy!

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  • fran jurga
    July 4, 2012

    Wow, what a wonderful surprise that you mentioned my blog in your post! Thanks so much, Rhonda! I will be keeping my eye out for YOUR Olympic reports, too! Thanks for posting that scene with Hugh Grant, I loved that film…well, ok, I admit it: I loved every movie he’s ever been in!

  • Rhonda Lane
    July 5, 2012

    Aw, thank you, Fran. You always find such great info. Glad you enjoyed the Hugh bit. 🙂 I do wish that clip had included the whole “he’s from Horse & Hound” stick with the double-takes and looks zinging back and forth between him, Julia and her publicist.

  • fran jurga
    July 5, 2012

    I think I have mashed together Notting Hill and Four Weddings into one movie. But it was all good!

  • Rhonda Lane
    July 5, 2012

    LOL! He pretty much plays the same character every time. I think we’re all cool with that. 🙂

  • fran jurga
    July 5, 2012

    Definitely! At least, i am. Did you see the older film, Local Hero? He should have been in that one! I just love it.

  • judy
    July 6, 2012

    Cool cool cool. Thank you darlin. As usual you are on top of things

  • Rhonda Lane
    July 7, 2012

    Fran – I think I missed seeing “Local Hero.” =:-o

    Judy – Thank you, and my pleasure. I try to stay on top of things, but sometimes I just fall off and have to run to catch up. 🙂