Thursday, April 29, 2010

Endurance at the Olympic Games! - Felicity Foxhunter blog

April 29th, 2010 by Felicity Foxhunter

Yes, possums, you read the headline right! My endurance fans are abuzz at being in with a chance of racing at the Olympic Games in 2020.

But how could this be, you ask, with equestrian sport in the Olympic bad books?

Simple. Dubai's head honcho Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum came out this week and said that he was seriously considering a bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. As we all know, he is horse-mad, and despite being in a bit of hot water last year, is very much endurance-mad, too.

Add to this the fact his wife (No.2) is the boss-lady of the FEI, Princess Haya, who also happens to be an Olympic Committee (IOC) member.

Do the math!

See why endurance riders around the globe are eyeing their four-legged prospects for 10 years' time?

A few tweaks might be needed for us "others" to keep up with the arabs ... a previous world record for 120km is 4 hours 32 minutes and 36 seconds … the same distance was covered here in New Zealand in 7:46:55 at the nationals earlier this year...


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