The final European 4* of the season at Les Etoiles de Pau did not disappoint with French young gun Thibault Fournier rising to the occasion to win his debut at the level. The team talk through all the action in France in this latest episode.
Nicole is BACK after giving birth to a baby the team have already sorted as a Hufflepuff and decided will be a therapist. But what you really want to know is what will happen at Pau. The team make their predictions for what is sure to be a wild weekend in France.
Think of the attribute list of an event horse. Footwork, reactions, intelligence, athleticism, carefulness, scope, speed, stamina, impulsion, submissiveness, paces and trainability. Which attributes are we testing at one and two-star and how much emphasis is placed on each? How these attributes are tested will absolutely shape the type of event horses that are bred, produced and purchased, and then it will continue to shape how we train them. If 76% of horses all score the same score of zero penalties in the cross-country, but they get rewarded for everything they do in the dressage arena, then over time we will end up with dressage horses being asked to perform cross-country rather than cross-country horses being asked to perform dressage.
In the latest Eventing Podcast, we begin a discussion that we hope will engage people. This engagement may well explain why things are scored the way they are and it might transpire that this is the best way forward for the sport. But we also present an alternative scoring solution. A method of rewarding the best all-round performance. If there were no consequences to extreme dressage in eventing then there would be no problem. But there are consequences. We are shortening top level courses and removing jumping efforts over fears of stamina. We have horses and riders that are growing up with less cross-country attributes and training than is desirable and this presents a safety concern. Our sport has one unique phase which attracts spectators and should remain the heartbeat of the sport.
On top of this there is a look forward with Boekelo in the Netherlands this coming weekend where there is a wealth of top talent on display including the clash of Julia Krajewski’s Samurai du Thot & Tim Lips’s Bayro.
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We get an insight into Team Ireland through the week from Sam, Jenni reflects on the highs and lows while Nicole cries (on more than one occasion).
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The team look back at the result and pick their favourite moments, from British domination & a new record finishing score to the rise of Team Ireland.
We’ve loved having you along with us on the WEG journey and we have lots more coming up in the next few months, stay tuned with us on the Eventing Podcast & as always, thanks for the support!
It’s a happy team though with Great Britain, Ireland & France filling the top three places for the teams. We’ve another day to wait until the Show Jumping so enjoy a recap of all things Cross Country and a look forward to how things might finish.
The team reflect on a new German record, what could unfold on the Cross Country and who are the ones to watch if speed plays a big part.
Tom is in Dublin, we still aren’t sure if he is being kept their against his will, but Ciaran is off to assess the situation tomorrow. We’ll keep you posted.
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Nicole & Diarm are joined by Tom Carlile & Ciaran Glynn to talk through all of the action from the first day of Dressage. Everything from German domination, how to build your Stack and ones to watch tomorrow.
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Prepare yourselves for an Irish related drinking game, lots of super stats and some bold predictions.
It’s finally here! Sit back, enjoy & make sure you stay with us every step of the way!