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Cyberhorse 2008
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FEI Olympic News 28
Olympic Ground Jury for Eventing Approves Shortened Cross Country Course 07/08/2008

On 6 August 2008 , the Veterinary Commission, the Course Designer and the Technical Delegate presented to the Ground Jury, the Olympic Eventing Cross Country course at Beas River of a distance of 4,560 metres (with a optimum time of 8 minutes) with 39 jumping efforts.

The Olympic Ground Jury for Eventing, Martin Plewa (President), Marilyn Payne and Christian Landolt inspected and without requiring any change approved the Cross-Country Course taking into consideration the specific climatic conditions in Hong Kong and the extensive veterinary and meteorological research that has been carried out over the last three years.

Espoir de la Mare Is Withdrawn from French Eventing Squad 07/08/2008

Jean Teulère aboard Espoir de la Mare during the Cross Country of the 2002 World
Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera (ESP)
The French Eenting squad suffered a heavy blow this afternoon with the news that Jean Teulere's star performer Espoir de la Mare has been withdrawn from the 2008 Olympic Games on veterinary advice.

The 16-ear old gelding aggravated an old ligament injury some weeks ago but subsequently made a good recovery and joined the remainder of the team on the trip to Hong Kong.

However the leg flared up again after a gallop last weekend, and French Chef d'Equipe Thierry Touzaint yesterday confirmed that the horse will not compete.

He insisted however that the injury is not career-threatening and that the horse should be back in action with his 54-ear old rider within the foreseeable future.

Together this great French partnership claimed the individual gold medal at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in 2002, team gold and individual fourth at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and fourth at last summer's FEI European Eventing Championships at Pratoni in Italy.

The remaining French horses and riders who will line out in the first veterinary inspection at the core Olympic venue in Sha Tin tomorrow afternoon are Eric Vigeanel and Coronado Prior, Nicolas Touzaint with Galan de Sauvagere, Jean Renaud Adde with Haston D'Elpegere and Didier Dhennin with Ismene du Temple.

Horse are grouped for inspection by nation, and the order of go is as follows:

Belarus, New Zealand, Poland, Canada, Denmark, Russia, Czech Republic, Chile, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, USA, Australia, Ireland, China, Sweden, Japan, Jamaica, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Switzerland, Brazil and France.

The inspection begins at 16.00hrs local time.

FEI President Carries Olympic Torch in Beijing 07/08/2008
Ian Jones
On 7 August, HRH Princess Haya carried the Olympic Flame in Beijing
(c) Ian Jones

7 August was the second day of the Olympic Torch relay in Beijing. The FEI President was one of the 268 torchbearers, among whom were several well-known sport stars.

The Olympic Torch ran on to the outskirts of Beijing through seven suburban towns travelling 14.576km. The day ended as the last torchbearer, singer Song Zuying, lit the cauldron before the Worship Platform at the Temple of Earth at 18h30.


Ian Jones
HRH Princess Haya was one of the 268 torch bearers on the Olympic Flame's second day in Beijing.(c) Ian Jones

 Ian Jones
HRH Princess Haya passes the Torch on to the next bearer.
(c) Ian Jones

The curtain opens on the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games 07/08/2008

Ian Jones

FEI President, HRH Princess Haya, amidst some of the distinguished guests gathered to support the equestrian events and in recognition of Hong Kong's great achievements. (c) Ian Jones

On 5 August, the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games were presented to an array of distinguished guests gathered to honour the achievements to date and the sporting successes which will undoubtedly unfold with the Hong Kong skyline for backdrop.

The FEI President, HRH Princess Haya and FEI Secretary General, Alex McLin attended the dinner at the HKJC Beijing Clubhouse where notable guests such as IOC President Jacques Rogge and former IOC President, Juan Antonio Samaranch as well as former FEI President Doña Pillar and representatives from BOCOG, the Equestrian Company, the Hong Kong Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club were also united to support the great endeavours and efforts which have characterised the lead up and preparations for the events in Hong Kong.

HRH Princess Haya confirmed the great collaboration over the past two years: “This short timescale has made no difference to the preparations because of the close partnerships we have enjoyed working with such enthusiastic and dedicated associates (…) President Rogge has said that this Games is a historic moment for the Olympic movement and so it will be for horsesport.”

The FEI President is presented with the mascot for the equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games

 Ian Jones
The FEI President and IOC President Jacques Rogge

Ian Jones
FEI President, HRH Princess Haya and former FEI President Dona Pillar

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