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Steffen Peters First London Olympics Ride

Steffen Peters is currently ranked 6th in the Olympic dressage competition.  Originally from Germany, Peters became a U.S. citizen in 1992 and was named to the U.S. Olympic team in 1996 where he won a team bronze medal.  He was…

Olympic Show Jumping After Day 1

Today was the first day of qualifying for the show jumping portion of the Olympics in London.  The Netherlands are currently leading, but the U.S. had a strong showing with Rich Fellers, McLain Ward, and Reed Kessler having clear rounds. …

Dressage After Day 1 at Olympics

The individual dressage competition kicked off today with 25 riders, including US rider Jan Ebeling and the famous Rafalca.  The British are currently leading with Carl Hester in first with a score of 77.720% and Laura Bechtolsheimer in second.  Jan…

Olympic Individual Jumping and Dressage Schedule

Below are the Individual Jumping and Dressage competitions scheduled times and dates!   Individual Jumping: August 4, 10:30am (5:30/4:30 ET/CT):  Individual Jumping 1st Qualifier August 5, 11:00am (6/5 ET/CT):  Individual Jumping 2nd Qualifier August 6, 2:00pm (9/8 ET/CT):  Individual Jumping…

Dressage Training By The Colby Report

If you have not seen Stephen’s dressage training from the Colby Report, you need to!  It had me laughing, and Stephen sure did clean up nice in equestrian garb!  Click the video below to watch! The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert…

Germany Clinches the Gold in London

The eventing portion at the Olympics concluded today with show jumping.  Germany clinched the gold medal with Great Britain taking the silver, and New Zealand the bronze.  The United States finished seventh.  The German team were fierce competitors and would…

US in Third After Day One in Olympics

As Day 1 concluded in the 2012 Olympics, the US Equestrian Team found themselves in third, trailing Australia and Germany.  Not bad for the first day!  Karen O’Connor on Mr. Medicott leads the US riders and is in 9th place…

Official 2012 US Equestrian Olympic Teams

We are down to basically 1 day before the Olympic Equestrian events begin!  I am so ecstatic!  I will be out taking care of the horses at the Thoroughbred rescue this weekend when they begin but my DVR is set! …

Allison Springer & Arthur

I’ll be honest.  I’m in love with Arthur.  I watched the entire Rolex 3-Day event online, and I was immediately drawn to Arthur.  He’s gorgeous, strong, and such a competitor.  I was thrilled when this pair was up to make…

Reed Kessler and Cylana

To continue on with Olympic week on The Velvet Rider, I decided to do a post on Reed Kessler.  I think she should be a major inspiration to young riders everywhere.  At only 18 years old, she has been named…