It’s a pretty big deal
Saturday, July 28
Individual and team eventing dressage: 1:45 pm. – 2:45 pm. (NBC Sports Network)
Sunday, July 29
Individual and team eventing dressage: 2:15 pm. – 3:00 pm. (NBC Sports Network)
Monday, July 30
Individual and team eventing – Cross Country (LIVE): 8:15 am. – 12:45 pm. (NBC Sports Network)
Tuesday, July 31
Eventing – Team Jumping final (LIVE): 6:00 am. – 8:15 am. (NBC Sports Network)
Eventing – Individual Jumping final (LIVE): 9:15 am. – 10:30 am.
Should the horse succeed, Rafalca will join the political must-see list of competitors alongside Zara Phillips (who has secured a spot in eventing on the British team). As Stephen Colbert vivaciously declared, Dressage will be the ‘official Sport of the Summer’, and it will be interesting to see how veteran dressage rider and Jan Eberling are effected by being such high-profile horses at the event.
On a less professional note, I would like to advise the New York Times that not all horse events are called “races“. In the article’s title ‘For Ann Romney, a Different Sort of Horse Race”, it is implied that Rafalca is a racing horse. This is highly inaccurate. More succinctly, what Rafalca does is compete at a “horse show“. A tennis game is a “match“, similarly a track competition is a “meet“. You wouldn’t refer to a soccer game as a soccer “meet“, so please do your homework before carelessly mis-labelling an equestrian event.
What do you think? Will we have a star-studded summer olympics?
As equestrian fans gear up for London 2012, we will have to wait and see what this pair of royals has in store for the competition!