I was very pleased to see the beautiful dedication and attention these athletes had for all aspects of their horses and their sport. Nelson Pessoa
that, independent of this threat, many of the
ungrateful, sacrificial sport for both the horse
problems we faced during the contest were
and rider, and it’s a real test to prove if the
unrelated to the possible hurricane.
athlete is really a horseman. The athletes need
With regard to the technical part of the
extreme humility and a true love for the sport
World Equestrian Games, this was very good!
in order to be successful because, by its design,
The courses and routes were well traced, the
the sport has more possibilities and probabilities
competition was very competitive, and the riders
of problems when compared to show jumping
and horses presented a very high technical level.
and dressage alone. The rider must have full
And this was most important.
dedication to the whole sport, and while at WEG, I was very pleased to see the beautiful
Now that you coach an Eventing team, what
dedication and attention these athletes had for
did you think about the Eventing at WEG?
all aspects of their horses and their sport.
As a highly technical part of the contest, I
thought the cross-country phase was very good.
Eventing Team, and my growing experience with
On the course, Captain Mark Phillips performed
the sport, has greatly enriched my know-how
exemplary work; he created an excellent course
about equestrian sport generally. It’s made me
that was a fair test of the horses and really
realize there are more angles and nuances that
technical for the riders.
I did not know.
As “The Wizard” of Show Jumping, what do you think about Eventing? I’ve learned that eventing is a little bit of an
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