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JUMPING--Qualifying

Qualifying on Sunday August 22, 2004 narrowed the field from 75 to 25.
   There were 10 clear rounds.
   And there were several rounds of one-two time penalties...even tho the time allowed was changed by course designer O. Pererson during the first few horses, as allowed by FEI rules.
   The NBC commentators said that the course designer had tried to design the course for 15 clear rounds of the 75 competitors.
   Not bad!
 
FLIES BOTHERING YOU?--most of the horses had ear nets on...it has been up to 95 degrees and humid in Athens this week.
 

BREEDS SHOWING

Of those televised and the breed noted by commentators, the majority were Holsteiners, followed closely by Selle-Francaise and some Belgian Warmbloods, some DW and Oldenburgs.  The Irish Sporthorse, Thoroughbred and Anglo-Arabian were additionally noted in those televised.

 

PESSOA'S VENGENCE--

R. Pessoa of Brazil was highly favored and touted at the Sydney 2000 Olympics for a gold medal--where his horse refused out on the second round.

   He is back this year with the same horse to try to accomplish what he was supposed to do in 2000.  And started today by reaching the next round.

 

LUCK OF THE DRAW

The sun reflected off of several of the jumps for the first hour or two, and probably affected the scores.  Bad luck for the early goers.

 

 

 

 

 

TACK NOTES

Almost all the horses had ear nets on, and front and hind boots of some kind (splint, fetlock).

 

Several horses in mechanical hackmores with running martingales.

 

Almost all of the horses, no matter the kind of bit they were using, had running martingales in use.

 

GROOMING NOTES--

Undoubtedly, turnout for this level show does matter...however a couple of the horses televised were not braided.