Items

Forums
Equestrian Sports Set To Make Comeback In Next Winter Olympics
 By Winniefield Park   •   21st Feb 2014   •   2,337 views   •   0 comments
Equestrian Sports Set To Make Comeback In Next Winter Olympics
Ski-joering Sport

The winter Olympics are over, and truthfully, it's a bit disappointing that there was really nothing for the equestrian crowd, except Russia's brief nod to the horse during the opening ceremonies. Over the years, a few equestrian sports have been tried. Ski-joering was a demonstration sport back in 1928, with no full double fulls, biranis, or lay tuck tucks, it was really just a lot of guys on skis hanging on for dear life to a rope attached to a horse barreling across a froze lake. Flat racing also appeared at the 1928 winter Olympics. This too was run on a frozen lake. Few of barefoot enthusiasts attended.

Clearly, we horse lovers need a winter Olympic sport. However, one of the arguments against having horses in the Olympics at all is the expense of the venues and stabling. So, any Olympic horse sports need to be economical in terms of event venues and equipment. Here are a few ideas.



Pony Puck Pelting
This could be a team or individual sport. Each competitor would be equipped with a bucket of frozen horse buns. Gloves would be optional, and no safety equipment would be allowed. The teams or individuals would stand a prescribed distance apart and start pelting each other with the frozen buns until one begs for mercy. In the team sport, the more people on the team start screaming stop! stop! the more points will be awarded. Time would be used to break ties. While most Olympic sports pit country against country, more interest could be added to this sport by pitting sibling against sibling.

Related: How to Become an Olympic Rider
Related: Horses in the Winter Olympics
Related: Jumping Records - The Tall, Broad and Small of It

Wheel Barrow Terpsichore
This would be similar to the ice dancing and figure skating Olympic sports. I discovered this sport while cleaning stalls one afternoon. I had ascended the plank up the manure pile and deposited the load of manure. As I turned to walk back down the plank, pulling the wheelbarrow behind me, I discovered that I could let go of one handle and spin on one foot to face the opposite direction and re-grab the handle without actually dropping the wheelbarrow. I know we've all found creative ways to get through doors, around horses and up manure piles. This is one spectator sport that that is sure to fill the stands.

Pasture Relay
We've all played this, so we know the rules. The name of the game is endurance. Walk through knee-deep snow to catch horses that don't want to be caught. This will be a timed event, with chances for bonus points. Points will be awarded if your heart rate stays below the maximum target heart rate for your age group. Extra points will also be awarded if you almost catch the horses, and they take off again and for catching a horse dragging a shredded turnout rug behind it.

Ski-joering (of course)
Those guys back in 1928 made ski-joering look pretty tame. The winter Olympic version should include spins and moguls in addition to the jumps and ring collecting already included in the modern version of the sport. Speed, daring and finesse—sounds like the perfect winter Olympic sport.
Horse News More PB Articles About:  olympics,
Horse News More In This Category:  Shows and Events      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 Related Horse News
Horses in the Winter Olympics
5th Sep 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The 2014 Winter Olympics is fast approaching. I love watching the downhill skiing, the speed skating, bob sled and skeleton. Horse events were an important part of the ancient Olympics, with sports like chariot racing and ridden r ...
Hiroshi Hoketsu at 74 Years Old to Qualify for Rio Olympics
14th Feb 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
If Hoketsu qualifies for this year’s 2016 Rio Olympics he will be the oldest Olympic athlete in history. He was the oldest athlete competing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Now, in 2016 at 74 years old, he is well over twice the av ...
Equestrian Sports Set To Make Comeback In Next Winter Olympics
21st Feb 2014   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The winter Olympics are over, and truthfully, it's a bit disappointing that there was really nothing for the equestrian crowd, except Russia's brief nod to the horse during the opening ceremonies. Over the years, a few equestrian ...
Will Rio Summer Olympics Equestrian Venue be Ready After Troubled Start
9th Feb 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The start of the Rio Summer Olympics is just a few months off. The test events for eventing, stadium jumping and dressage, held in August 2015 were deemed successes by organizers. But it seems as with every other big event, there ...
Equestrian Sports in the Olympics
25th May 2016   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Over the history of the modern Olympics, several sports have gone by the wayside. Of the three that were part of the first modern Olympics, only show jumping remains. Polo made a brief appearance, but like modern day decathlon, it ...
Winter Equestrian Games
19th Feb 2018   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
The Winter Olympics are underway and there’s not much for an equestrian sports fan to get excited about. Maybe we need the alternate Winter Olympic events for horse owners to give us something to cheer about. You may have witnesse ...
  View More PonyBox Related Horse Articles
 More News by Winniefield Park
Stop Petting Wild Horses
29th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Beach-goers to the Outer Banks are being asked to stay clear of the wild horses that live there after a photo of a woman appearing to pat a wild horse has surfaced. This is not an isolated incident as tourists visit the well known ...
Funny Horse Fruit Taste Test
28th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Some horses eat anything and will eat everything from anchovies to zucchini. And some are extremely picky and act like you’ve poisoned them if you put anything but hay and grain in front of their noses. Have you ever tried a taste ...
Jim Gaffigan Horse Comedy
27th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Jim Gaffigan pokes fun at the Triple Crown, from the costumes and pageantry, to owners, jockeys and trainers. He then takes a humorous trek through the horse world, exploring horse breeds, horse people, horseshoes, riding and the ...
Top Five PonyBox Horses for First Half of 2020
22nd Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
We are halfway through 2020 and so far it’s been quite a year. IRL, there has been a lot going on. But on Ponybox, records continue to be broken and new horses are vying for the top rank and highest jumps. Horses tend to go throug ...
Horse Rescue Races to Save Ponies For Auction Due to COVID-19
21st Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Covid-19 is taking its toll on so many businesses and individuals. One rescue stable in British Columbia, Canada, fears that they are running out of time to save 30 horses and ponies, many of which could be sent to slaughter. The ...
Horses Making Your Day on TikTok
20th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
We need a distraction from all the bad news, so how about some filters, music, video editing and horses. ...
RSS Another Level PonyBox Horse Champion Profile
19th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Chestnut mares have a reputation for being cantankerous but tough. RSS Another Level is a 13 year old chestnut mare owned by RavenSide Stud TBS. Foaled on May 19, 2020 and starting out as a one year old, the 16.1 hh Another Level ...
African Horse Sickness Outbreak
14th Jun 2020   |   Shows and Events   |   Winniefield Park
Over the past few decades, several different countries have had to deal with a deadly horse disease believed to have originated in Africa. Currently Thailand has been hit with the virus, called African Horse Sickness or AHSV. Expe ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2020   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
201 Members Online 267,144 Registered Members 2,732 News Articles 11,608,307 Unique News Article Views 276,222,663 Website Views