Olympic Short Lists Now Available 31/07/2008
The short lists for the three Olympic disciplines have been unveiled and are now available on the FEI Olympic website.
JUMPING: 79 horses and riders + 14 reserve horses and riders
DRESSAGE: 50 riders and horses + 6 reserve riders and horses
EVENTING: 73 riders and horses
The full lists are available on this page (complete address: http://www.fei.org/OLYMPICS/REFERENCES/QUALIFICATIONS/Pages/default...)
These lists will also be available on the homepage of www.fei.org/olympics shortly.
Travelling Superstars – More Olympic Horses arrive in Hong Kong 29/07/2008
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Hands on, Martin Atock, Managing Director for Peden Bloodstock, ensures a speedy transfer from the airport in Hong Kong to the Olympic facilities
Not a delay in site, as more Olympic horses arrived in Hong Kong on time and in great shape to then be swiftly ferried towards the comfortable Olympic facilities at Sha Tin.
Indeed, another 35 horses representing 11 countries set foot on Chinese soil, having departed Amsterdam on three different flights to arrive in Hong Kong on Sunday and Monday.
For many, their reputations preceded them, while their passports confirmed their jet set status revealing a multitude of destinations and venues. The nations represented were: Austria, Spain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, France, Belarus, Finland, Portugal, Russia and Sweden.
Thus far, a total of 68 horses out of the 219 expected have flown to Hong Kong from Atlanta (5) and Amsterdam (63). There have been no incidents to report, in fact, everything has run extremely smoothly and all travelling equines have arrived in great form. The French horses for example, landed spot on time Monday morning at 3:10 am in Hong Kong, and were quickly escorted to their stables at Sha Tin to enjoy the confines of their new temporary home.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club and FEI veterinary teams will continue to closely monitor the horses to ensure they remain healthy.
The horses will now undergo a ten-day Post-Arrival Isolation during which training is possible.