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It’s final: Modern Pentathlon will replace horseback riding with an obstacle course

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The Tokyo Olympics sure has brought equestrian sports to center stage, especially due to the Annika Schleu debacle (in which the German rider whipped the horse endlessly, in order to get him to move, and her coach even punched the horse). After a huge outcry, The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne has decided to replace equestrianism with...Read More

The horse-related Modern Pentathlon saga refuses to end

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A short while ago, the governing body of the Modern Pentathlon, the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), has decided to remove horseback riding from the Olympic event and replace it with some other sport, that doesn’t include animals. This was the direct result of the  Annika Schleu debacle (in which the German rider whipped...Read More

Showjumping will no longer be part of the Modern Pentathlon in the Olympics

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At least one good thing has come out of the Annika Schleu horror show – horseback riding will no longer be part of the Modern Pentathlon in the Olympics. Cycling will be added to the pentathlon instead. The International Modern Pentathlon Union will confirm this decision on Thursday, which will be the biggest modern makeover...Read More

The Annika Schleu Debacle: This isn’t horseback riding; Heck, it’s not even sportsmanship

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Even longtime equestrians, who love the Olympics and sports in general, were surprised to discover the Modern Pentathlon – an obscure Olympic event, in which participants swim, run, fence, shoot and ride horses, in a bizarre attempt to mimic the skills of a soldier. The first four skills are fine, but when it comes to...Read More