Rio Diary

Last Night

The last day capped off with a bronze by Eric and his gutsy little mare, Fine Lady!! What an absolutely incredible way to end these Games. In the history of the Olympic Games, Canada has only won three individual medals in…

Odds and Ends

After all the excitement and the heat yesterday, I was too pooped to write about it! Those following the CBC livestreaming at home know that the competition was fierce and the Canadians were outstanding. The audience at home and in…

Round 1, in their own words

Not much to report today other than the news from the show jumpers. I spent the day in the mixed-zone – which is an area the riders visit after their rounds to talk to the press. It’s great to hear…

Last Day in Rio

by Susan Stafford-Pooley Today was a rather bittersweet, as it is my last day in Rio. Part of me wants to stay for the rest of the jumping, considering how promising the Canadian Team looks, but duty calls back at the office…

Freestyles with Christilot

The flights out of Rio were all booked so Christilot Boylen spent the day sharing her thoughts with me on the freestyle. Another highly informative afternoon! First off, I asked about her predictions which turned out to be spot on:…

Up and Away

What an awesome start for Canada! The entire team had great rounds but what a debut for Amy! I want to get excited, but don’t want to jinx things. The riders often talk about how Canada tends to box outside…

Big Crowds, Big Sport & Big Honkin’ Fences

by Susan Stafford-Pooley My first live Olympic show jumping experience was today, watching the first individual qualifier. I walked the course this morning and thought that if this as supposed to be the “Welcome” class, it sure wasn’t very welcoming!…

Life’s a Beach

by Susan Stafford Pooley My mental health day yesterday was fabulous – I went to the main transportation hub (mind-boggling number of buses), visited the Main Press Centre to get my cool Olympic swag, walked around Olympic Park for a…

Jumper Training Day

It’s a down day at the equestrian venue in Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro. The jumpers had their training day, 90 seconds in the ring to do what they liked. There was a short course set up that they could jump…

An Afternoon with Christilot

I got schooled today! The inimitable Christilot Boylen joined me in the media seats today after Anton was finished and back in the barn. The six-time Olympian, who has trained Belinda for 23 years and Megan for the last 2…

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