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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

The

invitation

to

coach

the

Australian

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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