Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Target: Tomorrow!

Willeke assists defending gold medal holder Anky Van Grunsven as she schools alone in the dark. Anky's teammates have scored highly in today's competition, but The Diva and Salinero don't do their grand prix for the team dressage medal until tomorrow. The Dutch press is reporting the dressage scores frenetically, the country is on edge...and dressed in orange, of course. Will history repeat iself? Willeke hopes so. The groom has become elevated to a national celebrity's status back home. And it's legitimate: the young girl is responsible for an excitable and extremely fit equine athlete with all the potential in the world. Photo courtesy of Anky, whose media machine is amazing. I've never seen an athlete do such a great job of staying in touch with her fans. I think she wants my job!


At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 10:17:00 PM EDT , Blogger Elle said...

Why no mention at ALL of the individual silver won by an American MOM, an amature from Davis CA with a big doofus, but big-talented gelding she's been riding for 10 years????
That is huge, and it is hard to find anyone talking that up - a shame.

At Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 10:44:00 PM EDT , Blogger Fran Jurga said...

Hello, Elle, and thanks for your comment. You will find LOTS of coverage of the US teams at the main Olympics section of

If you go back and read about this blog, you will see that it is ONLY about non-USA riders. The entire purpose of this blog is to acquaint readers with riders and horses from other countries.

Nancy Jaffer is doing a super job of covering the US team, while I am covering "the other guys".

In fact, Nancy's article today begins, "Germany Wins Olympic Eventing Gold; Miles Takes Individual Silver
August 12, 2008 -- America's Gina Miles provides a silver lining to the U.S. by earning individual silver in the Olympic eventing competition. Germany..."

Sorry if you didn't understand that WORLDRIDES is about the rest of the world!

I think Gina's done a fabulous job and I am thrilled for her. She is lucky to have a friend like you!

At Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 12:01:00 AM EDT , Blogger Elle said...

thank you for the clarification Fran - I guess I thought 'Worldrides' meant the WHOLE world! :-)
I will check out Nancy's articles and thank YOU so much for all you do!

At Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 3:16:00 PM EDT , Blogger Fran Jurga said...

Yes, I can see that you might think that, except that I am fascinated by the horse cultures of other countries...and besides, Nancy Jaffers knows the US teams inside and out!

Also, did you check Max Corcoran's blog? She may have some inside info on Gina and McKinleigh that none of us would have!

The eventers are packing up and in fact, some have already left! Burghley is the next four-star and there are horses to train! I wonder where Gina goes from here--back to California or to England for the fall events? Do you know?

At Friday, August 15, 2008 at 10:57:00 PM EDT , Blogger Fran Jurga said...

Whoops! In my first response to Elle, I said the "Olympics section of" and I meant, of course. I must have books on my brain. Not to mention sleep depravation during the Olympics!Sorry for the confusion!

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