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After Video Surfaces, British Equestrian Drops Out of Olympics

Video reportedly shows Charlotte Dujardin whipping horse during coaching session

(Newser) - Charlotte Dujardin, a British equestrian who is the country's joint most-decorated female Olympian, has pulled out of the 2024 Paris Olympics over a video she says she is "deeply ashamed" of. The Telegraph reports that the video shows Dujardin whipping a horse repeatedly on the legs during a...

She Fell Off Horse During Trials, 'Could Not Be Saved'

World of eventing in shock after equestrian Georgie Campbell fell to her death in Devon, England

(Newser) - A young equestrian died over the weekend in England after falling off her horse during a competition. The Guardian reports that 37-year-old Georgie Campbell was taking part on Sunday in the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon when she tumbled off her horse, Global Quest. "Medical professionals attended immediately...

Aussie Showjumper Cleared in Mankini Investigation

Olympian Shane Rose was temporarily suspended for alleged breach of code of conduct

(Newser) - At the Wallaby Hill Extravaganza showjumping event in Australia earlier this month, equestrian Shane Rose wore a mankini, the revealing swimsuit seen in the 2006 Borat movie, and it almost cost the three-time Olympic medalist his chance to compete in the Paris Olympics this summer. After the Feb. 11 event,...

Teen Equestrian Killed by Her Horse During Competition

Sunday incident in Florida triggered by horse planting its left foot for 'unknown reasons'

(Newser) - A 15-year-old equestrian's horse tripped during competition on Sunday and suffered a rotational fall that ended up causing the Florida girl's death. Hannah Serfass was roughly halfway through the course of a jumper event at the Fox Lea Farm Spring Concours I in Venice when the incident happened....

Newest Olympic Medalist Has a Famous Dad

Jessica Springsteen, daughter of Bruce, and US equestrian team take home the silver

(Newser) - The Springsteen family has gone platinum many times over. Time to make space for a little silver, too. Jessica Springsteen and the US equestrian jumping team came up just short of Olympic gold, falling to Sweden in a jump-off Saturday night that still left the Americans with a record 10th...

Olympic Riders Say Sumo Statue Is Spooking Horses

Life-size statue is next to obstacle No. 10

(Newser) - Equestrian jumpers aren't keen on surprises. Neither are the horses, and it takes years of training to keep them from getting spooked. But no horse in Tuesday night's Olympic jumping qualifier had ever seen anything like obstacle No. 10. "As you come around, you see a big...

Bruce Springsteen's Daughter Makes Her Olympic Debut

Jessica Springsteen falls short in solo qualifier, still has a chance for medal in group event

(Newser) - Jessica Springsteen had no luck going solo in Tokyo. Perhaps, suggests the AP , she'll do better with a band. The daughter of famed rocker Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band wife, Patti Scialfa, failed to qualify for the Olympic individual jumping finals at Tokyo's Equestrian Park on...

Rider and Horse Die in Devastating Equestrian Fall

Rotational fall claims the lives of Katharine Morel and Kerry On

(Newser) - A Florida equestrian competition turned doubly devastating Saturday after a rider and her horse both died in a terrible fall. Katharine Morel of Canada was riding Kerry On on a cross-country course at Altoona's Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials, a United States Eventing Association-recognized competition, when the horse...

50-Year-Old Accusations Lead to a Lifetime Ban

George Morris, 81, was a legend in equestrian sport

(Newser) - A giant of equestrian sport has been banned for life over sexual-misconduct allegations dating back some 50 years, the New York Times reports. The expulsion of George Morris, 81, was announced Tuesday. "No matter how big a figure is in their sport, or how old the allegations, nobody is...

He Coached Equestrians to Gold, Is Hit With Lifetime Ban

Sexual misconduct allegations were levied against George Morris

(Newser) - George Morris, 81, is described by the New York Times as "the foremost trainer in equestrian competition"—one who has coached Olympians and won a silver medal himself in 1960. He has also now been handed the most extreme punishment the United States Center for SafeSport has in...

Horse Kills Woman During Equestrian Competition

Remember Me fell onto 22-year-old rider Rebecca Weissbard

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman in New York died Aug. 31 after her horse fell on her during an equestrian competition, the Daily Freeman reports. Rebecca Weissbard was going through the hurdle course at Horse Shows in the Sun in Saugerties for a second time on Wednesday when her horse, Remember Me,...

No Medal for Romney Horse
 No Medal 
 for Romney 

No Medal for Romney Horse

Rafalca doesn't qualify for next round

(Newser) - The Romneys won't be Olympic champs: Ann Romney's horse Rafalca failed to advance today to the medal round in equestrian dressage. Still, "it was wonderful," says the candidate's wife. "She was elegant and consistent again." This might have a tangible effect in the...

USA Basketball Romps Over France
 USA Basketball 
 Romps Over France 

USA Basketball Romps Over France

Plus, US gymnast Jordyn Wieber fails to qualify, Queen's granddaughter competes, and more

(Newser) - With Michelle Obama cheering them on, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and the US men's basketball team tidily put France away today in a preliminary game, reports the New York Times , in the first step to defending their gold medal. Though France is led by Tony Parker and five other...

Fox Hunters Try for More Populist Image

(Newser) - Britain's beleaguered fox hunting crew is undergoing media training to stop acting so bloody "toff," as the Brits say, in order to curry favor with the hoi polloi, reports the Independent. Hunters should always climb off their horses before speaking to the press and refrain from wearing their...

Madonna Fell All By Herself: Photog

Paparazzo and cops say he left before Madge's horse dumped her

(Newser) - A photographer Madonna blames for a weekend tumble off her horse in the Hamptons claims he had nothing to do with the accident—and local cops back his version, reports the New York Daily News. A spokeswoman claims Madonna was thrown when her horse was startled by a paparazzo, but...

Rugged Riding Game Unlike Snooty Polo

Polo's distant cousin appeals to equestrians of every level

(Newser) - Don't mistake polocrosse for its snooty cousin, polo, the Washington Post reports. The increasingly popular riding sport is more like rugged lacrosse, because polocrosse players don't just knock a ball around—they scoop, fire, and catch a ball in a hand-held net. "No one's ever heard of it. Not...

Deaths Threaten Equestrian Event

12 deaths and Olympian's critical injury causes debate over risks

(Newser) - Twelve deaths and several injuries have spurred debate over the safety of the demanding equestrian sport known as "eventing," the New York Times reports. The sport, considered by many to be the ultimate test of horse and rider, grabbed the spotlight last month when one of the world's...

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