Post-Olympic Thoughts and the War of Hyperflexion vs. Harmony

Have you recovered from the emotional rollercoaster of the Olympics? I think I nearly have. If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know that my dressage experience is nugatory. It’s not something I did as a child and I certainly wasn’t interested in watching it beyond the first phase of the three-day event. Boring! But […]

To Whom does the FEI Answer?

When we see pictures of dressage horses with extremely flexed necks, are we looking at moments in time? Random split seconds where a horse is tossing its head or biting a fly? In the week of the 2012 London Olympics, photos were released of dressage horses being hyperflexed or ridden in so-called “rollkur”. The defense: […]

The Romneys, their Dancing Horses and a Fraud Trial

Everyone has jumped in to say something about Rafalca, the Romney’s contender for the 2012 Olympics. The Romneys are rich and they run their hobby as a company, meaning that their spending on dressage is public domain information, so of course when it was widely reported that they were claiming $77,000 in tax deductions on […]