Welcome to Riding Disciplines which covers every English and Western riding style! The English riding covers Dressage, a ballet on horseback, Driving which features both the beautiful horses and the carriages they pull, Foxhunting, Eventing, Jumping, Saddle Seat, and even the sport of Polo.
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By: Sophia Wilbourn
Don’t go anywhere! The Tokyo Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are just getting started, and Team USA is shining brightly.
After the first day of Para Dressage competition, the world’s number one ranked Para Dressage athlete, Roxanne Trunnell of Richland, Washington, won the grade I dressage individual test event at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. She is the first American rider to win a Paralympic medal in Para Dressage since 2004 and also the first to win gold since Vicki Sweigart did so in 1996. Trunnell is the third woman to ever win a dressage gold medal for Team USA at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
This is not Trunnell’s first Paralympic Games. She first competed in 2016, and has only become more skilled since then. This time around, she and her 9-year-old partner Dolton scored an 81.464 percent at Tokyo’s Equestrian Park, dashing the dreams of number two in the world, Latvia’s Rihards Snikus, who scored an 80.179 percent.
To keep her head in the game, Trunnell said she didn't look at the other scores before riding so that she could just go out and do her best.
USA Show Jumping Switcheroo, Medals Decided In Thriller, Equestrians Etch History, Greatest Memories Of Tokyo
By: Natalie Mayrath
Welcome to Tokyo Takeaways on StreamHorseTV! In this series StreamHorseTV will be talking Tokyo Equestrian with the lovely and knowledgeable Catie Staszak, international Show Jumping commentator, multimedia sports journalist, and CEO of Catie Staszak Media. We will provide discussion, insight and commentary around all the action happening on the ground during the Tokyo Olympic Equestrian Competitions.
We’ve concluded equestrian competition at the Tokyo Olympics, and medals were awarded in the final element -- Team Show-Jumping. Staszak weighs in on the last-minute strategic switch by Team USA, the country who dazzled, format changes impacting the standings, and our favorite Tokyo Takeaway memories of these games.
Last-Minute Switcheroo for USA … Switcheroos Galore
Show Jumping saw a dizzying scramble of substitutions before the team competition began, notably McLain Ward going back in for the USA, after the five-time Olympian had been shockingly named as alternate during the first horse inspection. He and Contagious swapped in for Kent Farrington on Gazelle. U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland claimed “that has always been the plan,” citing tremendous internal team spirit along the way.
By: Sophia Wilbourn
I began my dancing career at the age of five with music by great composers like Tchaikovsky and Claude Debussy. As the years flew by, I changed, but the music did not. In the same way that ballet music hasn’t changed, dressage music has remained stagnant for years, recycling the same dozen classical composers’ works. It’s no surprise that dressage attracts so little viewership considering humans lose interest in any piece of media regardless of the content if the sound is not good within eight seconds.
But all of that is changing. New music is reviving dressage in the public eye. Much like what happened to figure skating after the Olympic Committee began allowing music with words, dressage is experiencing extra attention.
While not nearly as viral or “pop music like” as the following two performances, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro’s World Record Breaking Freestyle Test at London Olympics has my heart. The pair performed to a Tom Hunt’s remix of “This Is Berk”, an original score by John Powell for the 2010 Dreamworks film, How to Train Your Dragon. Not only will this performance go down in history for the stunning art and skill executed, but it also serves as one of the first popular routines to a relatively famous score taken from an extremely successful movie, setting the stage for using new music.
Critiquing Team USA’s performance, A “Popular” Gold Medalist, A Silent Arena, Putting The Horses First
Welcome to Dutton’s Diaries on StreamHorseTV! Dutton’s Diaries is a series of updates coming straight out of Tokyo, via none other than Team USA’s eldest member. Competing in his 7th Olympics, veteran eventer and multiple Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton takes us behind the scenes of the equestrian happenings on the ground, sharing stories of his experience at these games.
Meeting Expectations for Team USA
Dutton checks in after the conclusion of eventing at the Tokyo Games…
Being the consummate sportsman, Dutton expresses his disappointment that he and his team didn’t jump according to best laid plans, but he gives credit to the winners.
Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Doug Payne put in respectable jumping rounds for the team competition, although they incurred jumping penalties they certainly didn’t intend on. Team USA ended up 6th overall. “We’ve just concluded our final day here in Tokyo, and obviously it didn’t go quite to plan and as I would have liked. Z tried really hard, and we did our best. Unfortunately, he really was feeling the effects of yesterday, I think. He didn’t jump quite as well as I would have liked to have done, but anyway, we got through it and finished as a team obviously – not quite where we wanted to be, but nevertheless, that’s sport as we know.”
The Olympia London international horse show is one of the greatest equestrian festive now named as London international horse show. It is held in the capital of the United Kingdom for over seven days as a pre-Christmas ritual. The best part of its competition is showjumping however horse showing driving mounted games dog agility and dressage are also part of it.
The first horse show was held at Olympia in 1907 and achieved massive popularity and halted only during two world wars. However, the show lost acceptance partially due to rising mechanization. Revived in 1972, the organizers decided to resort the show back to Olympia by handing out free tickets to run the festive again, which cannot be imagined in this era. The London International Horse Show which was planned to be held from 15-20 December at Olympia was canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions. There is a surge of Online betting in Colorado & around the world that is why state regulators made it legal and available since May 1st, 2020. Since then Coloradans can now engage in online betting via sports wagering!
Main Event of the Festive
Generally, the main part of the show takes place from Thursday to Monday just before Christmas. Moreover, two days Tuesday and Wednesday were added only to dressage, a few years back. While show jumping is the main feature of the rest of five days and each day consists of two performances- a matinee and an evening. On the other hand, the dressage days solely have evening performances.