• FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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In the qualification process for Olympic Games, the rule is that the host nation does not need to qualify (all athletes must fulfil MERs). It would be better if host nation riders have to go through the same qualifying process as all equestrians.

At age 20, Richard Spooner’s Cristallo is retired from the top sport. The son of Caretino had a stellar career under the saddle of US jumper Richard Spooner, competing in no less than six world cup finals and winning the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco three times. Fourteen years ago, Spooner rode his Holstein gelding into the ring for the first time. “I always decided he would tell me when he did not want to play anymore,” Spooner said to The Chronicle of the Horse. “I just felt like he wasn’t pulling me as hard as he always had. Obviously he never did owe me anything, and so we just felt like he was not as into it as he used to be.” Along with Spooner’s other former top horse Robinson, aged 30, Cristallo will enjoy his retirement out in the field.

Source: Chronicle of the Horse

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