Monday, March 10, 2008

THE OLYMPIC SELECTION TRIALS

Watching the Olympic selection trials for the first time was an educational experience, to say the least! The series of five classes, with technical courses that included difficult combinations, was held over eleven days at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. From what I could see, many of the horses jumped their hearts out!

The process of selecting the Olympic team for 2008 is just that, a process. The trails are not the only part of it. First, the Olympic selection committee will decide who will be the ten horse/rider combinations; four of the ten can receive a discretionary spot or a bye on the team and the remaining six will be the top six finishers in the trails. Then the ten combinations will compete in Europe in two groups of five horse/rider combinations, after which the selection committee will recommend an Olympic team of four and one reserve, no later than July 15, 2008.

At the highest level of showjumping, the timing and preparation of the horse and rider athletes are a crucial part of ensuring their optimum performance. Before the event, a concerted effort by a team of knowledgeable professionals would assist the horse and rider athletes by using calculated trial and error type planning which increases the odds of success. Strength, endurance and skill training, nutritional essentials, timed interval training, and others, would all be part of the preparation. In other words, the expression, "the devil is in the details," would be a good way of explaining how complicated it could be to prepare the athletes for an event that requires that kind of endurance.

I was truly fortunate to witness such a special series of show jumping in America and appreciate the opportunity to observe the best athletes during high level competition.

Catch up with me next week for another blog about my experiences at the Winter Equestrian Festival!

Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub

10 Comments:

At Wed Mar 12, 09:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the constant updates Maria!! If you could, could you name the riders who were selected to try out or compete in the Olympic Trials?? thanks again..and best of luck this season!

 
At Thu Mar 13, 08:49:00 AM, Blogger EquiSearch.com said...

^ If you click on the "ten horse/rider combinations" link in her post, it'll take you to a news story that lists who is on the short list. Once you're in the story, look in the left-hand column for "Related Articles" and you can read postcards from the selection trials.

 
At Sat Mar 15, 11:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria, What will be some of your duties when you are working with Frank Madden at Hunters Moon, will you be hacking, training, or doing stalls.
Thanks!

 
At Sat Mar 15, 11:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Will you ever own your very own horse again or are you satisfied with learning alot on other peoples horses.

 
At Sun Mar 16, 08:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would also like to know what your duties will be when you work for frank at hunter moon!!
thanx

 
At Mon Mar 17, 09:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
I recently read the entire Bates equitation rule book and it said that every 52 weeks your points are re-newed so does that mean that every year you have to start from zero every year?
Also how exactly do you become a top junior rider?
Hope you reply! :D
~Ressy

 
At Tue Mar 18, 02:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too would like to know what your duties will be working at Hunters Moon....that is a very exciting oppertunity i hope you enjoy it!!
M-

 
At Thu Mar 20, 10:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would also like to know what your duties will be doing at hunter's moon with frank madden!! good luck with all your catch rides and thanks so much for continuing this bog!

 
At Wed Mar 26, 10:04:00 PM, OpenID equineoxer said...

Hi Maria,
I just realized that I posted this in the wrong place. Anyways...

You are such an amazing rider! I LOVE the Horse Power show! I hope to get to that level eventually. Right now I'm in 4-H, riding huntseat, stockseat, saddleseat, dressage, and jumping. It's my dream to become an eventer, but every time I try to acheive that goal, something comes crashing down on my plans.

Any advice on how to get into the hunter/jumper scene?
Thank you so much!
Hope you reply!

 
At Sat Jun 21, 04:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Omg! i love you so much your like the best rider in the world. My horse Romeo looks like twins with your horse Whimsey, do you still have him? I bought my horse Romeo about a month ago and he is great, he is my first horse and only horse i have right now. How big were you jumping with Whimsey when you first bought him?

Thanks!
Mia
p.s. You are my role model! =]

 

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