August 13, 2008

images © Natasha Slavic

Comments in the media from riders and officials during and after the three-day-event competition of the Olympic Games in Hong Kong.


NZ eventing coach Erik Duvander, left, and team manager Blyth Tait watch the showjumping.


Mark Todd and Gandalf.


British showjumper John Whitaker watches the eventers in their jumping phase.


The world's media train their cameras on the action.


Another clear round for Mark Todd and Gandalf.


The jump crew swing into action.


The Germans jump for joy.


Hinrich Romeike gives Marius a deserved pat after sealing individual gold.

New Zealand's Heelan Tompkins and Sugoi.

"It's unbelievable - like a dream come true for me. I'm very emotional and can't really speak."
- Britain's Tina Cook on her bronze medal ride with Miner's Frolic

"We have to look at how we're going to create better possibilities with our riders and how we're going to work with them in the future. It's time for assessment, we need to do better than this."
- New Zealand eventing coach Erik Duvander

"I always knew he was the best event horse in the world. He had his day to shine at the Olympic Games."
-Silver medalist Gina Miles (USA) on McKinlaigh

"I'm looking forward to London 2012 and the return of a normal cross-country competition."
- Ingrid Klimke, a member of the gold medal winning German team

"I would love to go to world equestrian games in 2010. That [Kentucky] is where I started off with the New Zealand team in 1978 so it would be quite fun to go back there again and then look ahead to London. I have to go home and have a good think about it. I've enjoyed this, I like riding this horse. I think there's a lot of improvement in him. We just have to work out a programme."
- Mark Todd on his future with Gandalf

"This horse means everything to my career. I would be nothing without this horse. I am a dental surgeon and dentist. I ride after work."
- gold medalist Hinrich Romeike on winning horse Marius

"That's the first mistake he's made in two years. You could hope for a higher medal, but it didn't happen."
- Mary King on Call Again Cavalier's jumping faults

"This is the realisation of a dream. I have waited a while. I went to Sydney as reserve which was a fantastic experience but also a frustrating one. (This year) I was originally on the reserve list and only came here because Zara (Philips) and Lucy (Wiegersma) couldn't - I always thought that if I got the chance I could show the world what I could do. Today I got that chance."
- Bronze medalist Tina Cook (Britain)

"Fundamentally it was a fantastic ride and probably as good a ride as he's ever done on that horse on a tough and technical course. So yes we're disappointed but it could have been very different."
- New Zealand Equestrian Federation chief executive Jim Ellis on Andrew Nicholson's cross-country ride

"We would have prepared our horses differently if we had known in advance. Keeping the same number of jumping efforts [39] but reducing the course by two minutes made the competition more like a one-day event than a three-day event."
- US team trainer Mark Phillips, on the shortened cross-country course.

"I'm definitely very pleased. It is amazing to go to your first games and come home with some kind of bling."
- Megan Jones, fourth individually on Irish Jester and a member of the silver medal-winning Australian team

"She was put up to it but it was not for her to make changes at that stage - it's a point of principle because it undermines the authority of the ground jury and the technical delegate."
- course designer Mike Etherington-Smith on Princess Haya's request to change a cross-country fence

"I've learnt a lot about the horse. It's a shame I had to learn about him here. When I came out of the cross country I was disappointed and then you analyse everything ... he's very green for this. I'll make a plan for what I think I have to do to be competitive."
- Heelan Tompkins on Sugoi

"It's most satisfying to get back what they took from us. What happened in Athens gave us wings for this achievement."
- German team coach Hans Melzer

"He got a bit wild, fired up because there was a big crowd here tonight."
- Australia's Clayton Fredericks on Ben Along Time (7th individually)

"He just wasn't himself. I don't know whether he was tired or sore, he's usually a careful jumper."
- Joe Meyer on the usually reliable jumper Snip

"I know I don't always ride the prettiest round in the world but the prettiest thing we were after is that zero (penalties) on the board. So therefore I think it's probably been one of the prettiest rounds of the night."
- Australian team member Sonja Johnson on her clear showjumping round. She finished 10th on Ringwould Jaguar

"I'm not sure what happened. I need to watch the tape to figure out exactly what happened. The course was riding like we expected up to that point. It's busy and the time is going to be hard to make."
- USA's Amy Tryon on her fall from Poggio in the cross-country