Sorry that I haven’t posted for 2 days. I was out of internet range while I was traveling home from Wyoming… and then when I got home, I was overwhelmed with stuff that needed my attention. Life happened to me.
Today was my first full day back and I ended up looking at Olympic Equestrian photos because I have missed the Games entirely.
And then I thought that maybe you’d like to review them, too…
So, here is the link to Arnd Bronkhorst – and amazing equine photographer who is at the Rio Games. You can search the literally thousands of photographs. Use your favorite horse as a search tool, or country, or rider… it is all there!
SOME OF MY FAVORITE PICS – I do not know any of these horses, riders or their reputations… I’m simply choosing photos that I admired.
Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival.
I’m sure you heard about the Dutch Dressage rider, Adelinde Cornelissen, who entered the ring and then saluted her finish – because she felt her 19 year-old horse, ParzIval, was not feeling well. He had suffered a bug bite earlier – and even though vets cleared him, Adelinde knew her horse well enough, and respected him enough, to pull him.
Wow. You can read her statement here.
AND… then there is this story… You may have also heard that Colleen Kelly is suing Adelinde because this person believes Parzival suffered a hairline fracture to his jaw – due to rollkur and spurs.
In time, the truth will be told. I have no idea one way or the other, just reporting.
I, personally, don’t believe in rollkur. However, I’m fairly certain that if the horse had a hairline fracture, we’d know it – can they drug a horse so much that he performs on this level. I did notice that his tongue was out and he was drooling… which is odd. I don’t know much about high level dressage… and their over-biting techniques, but if he had a fracture, could he perform at all? Something was up, but could it have been a fracture?
For me, the fact that the LG Bitless bridle was created by a high level German Dressage rider says it all for me. Go bitless and let the horse move at will.