Equestrian: (noun) a rider or performer on horseback [Oxford Dictionary]
The 2016 Rio Olympics Equestrian event:
OVER 200 HORSES WILL BE COMPETING IN 3 CLASSIFICATIONS: DRESSAGE, JUMPING AND CROSS COUNTRY.
I’m sorry, what? I thought the Olympic Games are for humans. Horses want to compete in the Olympics? They aren’t perfectly content galloping in the wild?
Don’t you agree Star Power would be a lot happier without Ian Miller on his back, and without that bit in his mouth?
The bit:Bitted horses often open their mouths… to avoid contact pain. [Buckit List , November 28, 2013]
“Equestrian: The only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other on a level playing field.” [Rio 2016 web site]
That is, horses’ backs.
Dressage (performing a routine by memory), jumping, and cross country [an “endurance” test “to prove the speed, endurance and jumping ability” Wikipedia] should go ahead with just the riders, poshed up in their riding boots, pants, jackets and hats.
As spectacular as this looks, imagine how much more pleasurable, challenging it will be without the horse:Take the equus out of equestrian.
Henrik Von Eckermann, assume the position:
Hands clenched as if holding reins;
Traversing the course in a galloping gait.
Wouldn’t you really rather see that red jacketed competitor assuming the position?
Chariot racing ended almost 2,000 years ago.
Friends, it’s 2016.
Riders (an archaic term used before animals were banned from Olympic competition):
Assume The Position
A hush falls through the crowd.
A pistol fires. And they’re off!