Foto Friday: Equestrian Events at the Rio Olympics

Looking at some of these images makes me feel very uneasy for these horses. (Click Images to Enlarge). See Petition at end.
 

 William Fox-Pitt of the United Kingdom rides Chilli Morning in the individual equestrian jumping final at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.
William Fox-Pitt of the United Kingdom rides Chilli Morning in the individual equestrian jumping final at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.

Astier Nicolas of France, riding Piaf De B'neville, jumps the last obstacle in the individual cross country equestrian preliminary at the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday.	Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters.
Astier Nicolas of France, riding Piaf De B’neville, jumps the last obstacle in the individual cross country equestrian preliminary at the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters.

Shane Rose, of Australia, rubs Cp Qualified after competing in the equestrian dressage competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday.	John Locher/AP.
Shane Rose, of Australia, rubs Cp Qualified after competing in the equestrian dressage competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday. John Locher/AP.

 Christopher Burton of Australia stands with his horse Santano II during a Preliminary Equestrian inspection at the Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.
Christopher Burton of Australia stands with his horse Santano II during a Preliminary Equestrian inspection at the Olympic Equestrian Center on Friday. Tony Gentile/Reuters.

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Silver medal winning Olympic horse seized

Dutch rider Gerco Schroder heads toward an Olympic silver medal aboad London. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com.

Well, we know that three gold medal winning dressage horses at the 2012 Olympics in London are for sale, reasons unknown except perhaps they have accomplished all they were set out to do.

Now a silver medal winning show jumper named London finds himself in a spot of bother along with some other horses belonging to the same person or corporate entity.

An Examiner article reports:

“LONDON (Aug. 12, 2012) — Sad news out of London today. The 10 year old Belgian stallion named London, ridden by [Dutch rider] Gerco Schroeder in the 2012 Olympics, and which took the silver in both team and individual show jumping has been seized due to bankruptcy proceedings by the owners. The horse, along with other horses owned by the same company was seized shortly after the conclusion of the jumping competition.

“Just before the weekend, the FEI database was changed to show the ownership of the horses has been transferred to Sileste B.V. Earlier this year, London and other horses were sold to Gevi International, B.V., owned by Ger Visser Jr., son of Eurocommerce owner Ger Visser. This leaves the courts attempting to determine if the stables is part of the Eurocommerce real estate bankruptcy proceedings.

“Once the court determines that the equine part of the company is not involved in the bankruptcy of the real estate company, the horse may be sold.

“Sources state that London is currently at the stables of Ben Maher, of the Olympic gold medal team for Great Britain. Rumor has it that Ben Mahar’s sponsor is interested in buying London. London is apparently valued at approximately 10 million euros.”

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That’s about how much the gold medal winning horses are each going for.

Wow, what riches these horses have earned and looks like they will continue to earn. There are not many people in the world I would think whocan afford to pay 10 million in any currency for a single horse.

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Hopefully the show jumping fans will not be as excitable as the dressage fans when commenting, that’s if they find their way here. — Ed.

Olympic champion horses up for sale

Charlotte Du Jardin Valegro and Valegro. AP Photo.
Charlotte Du Jardin Valegro and Valegro. AP Photo.
Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain celebrates after riding her horse, Valegro, to team dressage gold at the 2012 Olympics in London. AP Photo.

We haven’t said much about the Olympics, but here’s how fast people can turn horses around once they are done with them.

Yep. Harsh words. And it would be unfair not to mention that it is typical of horses’ lives that they changes hands a few and often many times. But, boy, was that quick.

Yahoo! Sports reports:

LONDON – Three Olympic champions were put up for sale on Wednesday, available to the highest bidder with a reserve price of a mere $30 million.

The names of Valegro, Uthopia, and Alf might be unfamiliar to most Olympic Games viewers. Moreover, these three victors didn’t even get rewarded for their triumphs with an official gold medal.

That’s because they’re horses.

The trio clinched the equestrian dressage team title for Great Britain – with a bit of help from some highly skilled riders, of course – and are now being sold off for what is certain to be an eye-catching sum.

It is possible that the horses could be bought as a package. Yahoo! Sports understands that interest has already been expressed by “an Arabian royal,” according to a source, but unless a bid of well over $30 million is made, the horses will go to auction.

Source

Memo from Rafalca: Can’t a horse prance in peace?

RAFALCA by Markus Schreiber AP.

Memo to those making hay out of my human employers: Hay is for horses, and we all do what we need to do

Cross-posted from Salon.com

RAFALCA by Markus Schreiber AP.
Rafalca is ridden by Jan Ebeling from United States during the equestrian dressage competition, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, on Aug. 2, 2012, in London. Photograph by Markus Schreiber/AP Photo.

BY RAFALCA

Dear Humans,

Let me start by apologizing for any typos, I’m writing this on a touch screen and my stable is rather dark.

It has come to my attention in recent months that I have become a bit of a joke. That’s fine, I have a thick coat. What is more troubling is that people seem genuinely angry at my mere existence. I’ve been booed, jeered and ranted about on your televisions. Many humans seem deeply invested in me. I don’t like that.

I’m just a horse, I didn’t ask for any of this, this is just my job and in this economy you take what you can get and hold on to it as tightly as possible. Do I want to be a dancing horse? Think about that question for a second. How many horses do you know love dancing like humans? Continue reading >>