Friday dilemma: Should one consider equestrian a sport?
Right. The Olympics are nearly over. We’re galloping like Kibah Tic Toc towards the Closing Ceremony.
We’ve spent the past couple of weeks on the edge of our seats, willing on The Missile to go that little bit faster, cheering for our new sailing heroes and relishing in (finally) pipping our new arch-rivals, Kazakhstan, on the medal tally.
We’ve also watched a bloody lot of equestrian, the only sport where a) the competitors have the same name as the sport itself and b) where participants wear tuxedos. Oh, the dressage, it’s just been mah-vel-lous. And after this comprehensive period of study, it’s time to settle the debate: is it really a sport?
Particularly dressage, the artistic gymnastics of the sporting world, where horses and their handlers perform routines to music. Now, we’re sure there’s a lot of talent to this. But it’s a sport of dancing horses.
Or are we just horsing around? Just like motorsports, these horses and their riders train just as hard as any other athletes to reach their maximum potential. They have pretty knots in their manes too.
Whaddya reckon? Yay or neigh? You tell us.
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