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Surfin’ in the Sand - According to Pat Warren of Rancho Oso Rio, the Horse Park at Woodside, California, home of Reining By The Bay, is the ultimate place to hold a horse show. Pat should know as she’s lived near the Park for many years and, along with Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, is one of the founders of the Reining By The Bay. Now in its 18th great year as the California Reining Community’s all-time favorite show,

Nick Skelton Olympic Individual Jumping GoldDeodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro Peder Fredricson Eric Lamaze

He broke his neck in a fall 16 years ago. He has a replacement hip. He’s 58 years old, competing at his seventh Olympic Games, and he was riding a horse that has been struggling with injury for over two years. But Nick Skelton riding Big Star made Olympic history when becoming the first-ever British rider to win individual Jumping gold at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016.

Eric Lamaze Olympic Bronze Individual Jump-Off Rio 2016 Olympic Games nick skelton gold, tiffany foster, yann candele

Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON had the crowd on the edge of their seats as he sped to a bronze medal finish in a six-horse jump-off on August 19, 2016 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA. Nick Skelton of Great Britain won gold after riding Big Star to a clear jump-off in the fastest time of 42.82 seconds. Peder Fredricson of Sweden and All In were close behind with a clear performance in 43.35 seconds.

“A legend in his own lifetime, a complete horseman and a man who is deeply involved in the development of the sport.” That was the description of Olympian Ludger Beerbaum given by FEI Jumping Director, John Roche, on August 18, 2016, after the announcement of the German rider’s retirement from his national team.

The most recognizable brand of running shoes, and definitely the fastest running shoes in the Olympic movement, are not on the track and field athletes in Rio 2016. They’re the shoes on the only four-legged athletes at the Games - the horses! Whether it’s heels up in Europe to keep the good luck in, or heels down in Asia to stop the bad luck dropping in, the horseshoe is a universal sign of good luck. And the hardest working shoe fitters in Rio are the team of British and Brazilian farriers working round the clock to keep the well-heeled equine athletes well-shod at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Deodoro.

Rio 2016 Olympic Team Jumping Final Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro eric lamaze amy millar yann candele tiffany foster Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Christian Ahlmann Daniel Deusser

France claimed Team Jumping gold for only the second time in the history of the Olympic Games with a brilliant performance at Deodoro Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) on August 17. Lying only a single penalty point behind the joint-leaders from Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and USA after the first round of competition, they added just two time faults to clinch the win.

equine show jumping team Rio 2016 Olympic Games Canadian Show Jumping Team Eric Lamaze Yann Candele Guilherme Jorge Brazil, Amy Millar, tiffany foster, Mark Laskin, Karen Hendry-Ouellette Dr. Sylvie Surprenant

In a dramatic end to jumping team competition on August 17 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA, the Canadian Show Jumping Team forced a jump-off with Germany for the bronze medal, but were edged into fourth place. Individually, Canada’s Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, ON was the only rider of the Games to maintain a perfect score of zero after three rounds of individual qualifiers.

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