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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.