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Horse Kills Woman During Equestrian Competition

Remember Me fell onto 22-year-old rider Rebecca Weissbard

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman in New York died Aug. 31 after her horse fell on her during an equestrian competition, the Daily Freeman reports. Rebecca Weissbard was going through the hurdle course at Horse Shows in the Sun in Saugerties for a second time on Wednesday when her horse, Remember Me,... More »

No Medal for Romney Horse

Rafalca doesn't qualify for next round

(Newser) - The Romneys won't be Olympic champs: Ann Romney's horse Rafalca failed to advance today to the medal round in equestrian dressage. Still, "it was wonderful," says the candidate's wife. "She was elegant and consistent again." This might have a tangible effect in the... More »

USA Basketball Romps Over France

Plus, US gymnast Jordyn Wieber fails to qualify, Queen's granddaughter competes, and more

(Newser) - With Michelle Obama cheering them on, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and the US men's basketball team tidily put France away today in a preliminary game, reports the New York Times , in the first step to defending their gold medal. Though France is led by Tony Parker and five other... More »

Fox Hunters Try for More Populist Image

(Newser) - Britain's beleaguered fox hunting crew is undergoing media training to stop acting so bloody "toff," as the Brits say, in order to curry favor with the hoi polloi, reports the Independent. Hunters should always climb off their horses before speaking to the press and refrain from wearing their... More »

Madonna Fell All By Herself: Photog

Paparazzo and cops say he left before Madge's horse dumped her

(Newser) - A photographer Madonna blames for a weekend tumble off her horse in the Hamptons claims he had nothing to do with the accident—and local cops back his version, reports the New York Daily News. A spokeswoman claims Madonna was thrown when her horse was startled by a paparazzo, but... More »

Rugged Riding Game Unlike Snooty Polo

Polo's distant cousin appeals to equestrians of every level

(Newser) - Don't mistake polocrosse for its snooty cousin, polo, the Washington Post reports. The increasingly popular riding sport is more like rugged lacrosse, because polocrosse players don't just knock a ball around—they scoop, fire, and catch a ball in a hand-held net. "No one's ever heard of it. Not... More »

Deaths Threaten Equestrian Event

12 deaths and Olympian's critical injury causes debate over risks

(Newser) - Twelve deaths and several injuries have spurred debate over the safety of the demanding equestrian sport known as "eventing," the New York Times reports. The sport, considered by many to be the ultimate test of horse and rider, grabbed the spotlight last month when one of the world's... More »

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