As equestrians, we know that our sport is unique. At the Olympic level, the equestrian disciplines of showjumping, dressage, and three day evening are not just the only sports to include animal members of their teams, but also the only sports in which men and women compete against one another. Not to mention, of the 32 sports represented at the summer Olympic games, a recent article for Yahoo! Sports ranked equestrian as the #1 most difficult, just ahead of triathlon. (Tell us something we don’t know!)
The history, difficulty, and ceremony of Olympic equestrian sport are all celebrated in great detail in Jennifer O. Bryant’s comprehensive book “Olympic Equestrian: A Century of International Horse Sport.” Some of the sport’s most notable horse and rider combinations are highlighted and an archive of medal results and scores is presented. Bryant, editor-at-large of the U.S. Dressage Federation’s magazine, USDF Connection and author of the The London Eye blog, augments the the history with a plethora of archival and modern photographs.
270 pages with a foreword by William Steinkraus.
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