Sunday, August 10, 2008

day 5

Well is the second version of my post tonight...the site has now kicked out two of my blogs (3 pages each). I have to find out a way to resolve not having to retype the whole thing over. If anyone can help me, including, please do so.

Anwyay, the final day of dressage has the USA in 3rd place, after Australia (can't beat em eh) and Germany. Phillip and Karen went today and did superb tests. Phillip had to deal with Connaught spooking at the judges houses, missing his flying changes (just like gina) and trying to keep up with the tension. Karen however hit a home run with the rookie Mandiba. She was calm, cool, and collected and put in a lifetime test on this very young horse. Her veteran experience really showed on this international stage...she hit a long home run for team USA!! No favoritism here for the O'Connors, eh?

The dressage scene here has been really fantastic...11 riders under 40.0 The quality is superb and many of the international stars were awesome. Mary King for the Brits put in a lovely test which put them right back in the mix. With Phillip almost in the 30's (40.6) and Karen scoring a record 41.9, team USA is in really good shape. Cross country is going to really decide these Olympics...the course is big and rather twisty...time will be almost impossible to make. 8 minute course, instead of the usual 10 minutes, because of the heat and humidity. We are expecting rain and storms, so we may have weather delays...just have to wait and see.

The GP dressage horses all trotted up for the horse inspection today....the US and Canadian horses all looked great, as did the superstars from Germany and the Netherlands. Being that close to Brentina, Satchmo, Elvis, and Salinero is really wonderful. These wonderful horses are truly magnificent and we all look forward to seeing them on Wed night for the opening GP team test. The US and Can team clothing is really terrific..USA with their blue blazers, white pants, and scarves/ties, and for the Canadians, red and black, with chopsticks for the women's hair. Really unique...Ashley Holtzer with choptsticks in her hair...maybe it is...wait for it...................Pop Art!!

More from the cross country tomorrow is late now, especially after having to re write this whole blog!! Help.



At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 12:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Brian, why don't you type your blog in word and then drop it into your blog. That way you don't have to retype the whole thing, just Copy and paste. Plus you will have your own record of your blog. Hope this works....

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 1:50:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the photos you chose to include. There you are looking grand for someone without a Diet Coke in his hand, and there's Karen, in-person, right behind "K", (clever) and on the big screen showing 7's across the board. Very nice. Did you mention an O'Connor bias? Guilty as charged. Suzanne O.

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 2:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you ever so much for giving us this extended coverage of the Eventing portion of the Olympics. Because Becky is from near where I grew-up it is really cool to be able to follow everyone's progress so closely. Thanks for sharing your talent with us and speaking of talent... I'm in broadcasting and would love to expand into media coverage of equestrian events. Any tips on how to work toward what you have achieved?
Thanks again.

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 4:45:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Brian how about if the cut & paste doesn't work - email the file to your contacts at & have them post it.

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 5:12:00 PM EDT , Blogger Aileen said...

Brian, Kudos to you for a concise, factual blog & you have every right to be proud of the O'Conner clan. Keep us posted on all the comings & goings of the Olympics esp. for me the Dressage! Aileen

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 6:12:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention that all five of the US eventing riders are in the top 25 of 69 with Becky Holder 1st, Gina Miles 2nd, Phillip Dutton 3rd, Karen O'Connor 4th and Amy Tryon 5th.

I have been unable to find video of Becky Holder's ride... Drats! But is featuring Gina/McKinlaigh today.


At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 8:39:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the white stuff on the horses' legs?

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 10:43:00 PM EDT , Blogger said...

Hi Brian--
Don't know why Blogger is acting up, but I'll try and look into it tomorrow. My suggestion for now is what the first commenter said, that you type your post in Word or Notepad, save it, then log into Blogger and copy and paste it into Blogger. Then you'll always have the original copy in case Blogger acts up. Or you can send your post as an email to a certain address (email me if you don't remember it), and Blogger will post it automatically. Then you can log in and add photos separately. Sorry about the hassle, I'll try to see if Blogger's been having issues lately, but I think Notepad or Word is the way to go for now. Thanks for blogging!

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 10:52:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am extremely disappointed that so little of the USA horse cross country runs are being shown! I have watched everyone up to Karen O'Connor and they might show the beginning and end but not much in between. Pity!

At Sunday, August 10, 2008 at 10:55:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on xcountry. Could hear you & Jiles perfectly throughout the steam - very familiar & user friendly. Well done.


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