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 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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