A Walk in the Park… Central Park that is!

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  The Central Park Horse Show got underway tonight for the Jumpers with a speed class.  All horses were required to show to be eligible for the Grand Prix tomorrow. This is probably a good thing as the ring is quite an eye opener with the NYC skyline in the background! McLain Ward was the slickest of all on HH …

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Off to the Gold Cup

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I am headed to the Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York, for the American Gold Cup/Longines World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, September 18. Looking forward to watching the competition and commentating for NBC Sports which will air the next day on September 19. And maybe afterwards I’ll get to try one of these signature cocktails that were named …

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Team USA Medalists

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My friends at NBC created this 50 second slideshow of every Team USA Medalist Click here to view it!

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Biggest Star on the Biggest Stage

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  Nick Skelton on his stellar horse Big Star led off the 6 way jump off for Gold and never looked back.  Riding a well calculated fast clear, he couldn’t be caught.  Peder Fredricson with his ever improving 10 yr old All In earned Silver with a slower clear.  Eric Lamaze on his wonderful mare Fine Lady took Bronze as …


My Home During the Rio Olympics

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I am here at the NBC Sports Group center in Stamford, Connecticut, where 60% of the Olympic sports are announced.  All video from Rio is transmitted by fiber optic cables to this 200,000 square foot facility, where it is edited and broadcast over the NBC channels and streamed live over the internet.  The building contains over 1,000 miles of broadcast …

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USA Snags Silver

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The US Team minus their dependable anchor, Beezie Madden, won Silver today in Team Jumping.  Beezie’s horse Cortes was injured and could not continue. That meant there would be no drop score so Kent, Lucy and McLain had to deliver…  and they did!  Only 2 penalties separated Gold and Silver in the final tally. The hardluck French – after losing their …

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Tied at the Top

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Wow… what a day of show jumping!  After Round 1 of Team Jumping, 4 teams – USA, NED, BRA and GER  – are tied on zero.  France is in 5th with 1 time fault which is killer for them.   After the competition I spoke with Bill Steinkraus (Gold Medalist in 1968) and he remarked, “Riders at this level should not …

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Duel in Dressage

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As a fitting finish for Individual Dressage, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were crowned back-to-back Olympic Champions. Their fierce rivals, Germany’s Isabelle Werth and Wiehegold OLD, rode last in the order but had to settle for Silver.  Teammate Kristina Broring- Sprehe and Desperados won Bronze, and Laura Graves of the USA with her beloved Verdades had a spectacular ride to place fourth.  Laura …