I recently bought a pony for my daughter. The seller knew that the pony had something in his eye but did not mention this to me during the first viewing of the pony. After I bought the pony, it turned out to be a serious tumor. So from a legal viewpoint has this been deception or deviation?
Moving to the UK in 1999 to develop his riding and compete at a higher level, Portuguese dressage rider Luis Principe has made the most of this great opportunity. Aboard his 13-year old Hanoverian gelding Washington (by Wolkenstein II) Principe was member of the Portuguese team at the 2011 European Championships and is aiming for more the years to come.
Missing out on a spot on the Australian team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Brett Parbery says he has certainly "had better years". After having been Australia's best scoring rider at the 2010 World Equestrian Games with Victory Salute, Brett lost his top horse in December 2011 and had to go above and beyond in Europe in an attempt to qualify his green Grand Prix horse Lord of Loxley for the Games.
Competing Grand Prix level dressage since the age of 16 and having participates in the 2009 European Dressage Championships in Windsor, Latvia's current dressage champion Airisa Penele is single handedly putting her nation on the map!
American Olympian Guenter Seidel led an ambitious campaign in the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials and while he would have loved to be part of London, he was still very happy with his results in the lead up to the Games. Aboard Marie Meyers' 16-year old Oldenburg Fandango (by Feinbrand x Figaro) Seidel kept himself competition sharp and eager for more.
Oldest Olympian in almost a century and certainly the most mature athlete on form in London, Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan is proof that you should never give up on your dream of "one day"! The 71-year old Hoketsu competed at his fourth Olympics, when he rode on the centreline of the Olympic dressage arena in Greenwich Park, and loves to dream about Rio.