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Following a positive dope test, America lost its Olympic team dressage 4th placing.

A random drug test on Mythilus during the Games showed the illegal drug Felbinac was in the horse’s system. The horse’s rider, Courtney King-Dye, later claimed Mythilus was contaminated while being treated for stress at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. But the International Equestrian Federation disqualified Courtney, which means America loses its fourth place in the Olympic team dressage competition.

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Riders will now be able to get closer to spotting whales than ever before, away from the crowds and where you can’t even get to by vehicle, thanks to a new holiday from The Riding Company.
Visit Hermanus, the most famous area in the world for whale watching and see Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, and the Southern Right Whale, at close quarters. Not only is the large population of whales and sharks unparalleled elsewhere, but the locations are so accessible, that you are virtually guaranteed to witness lots of different species.
Gallop across one of the world’s most stunning beach rides, part of a Unesco protected nature reserve, spread over a week. Holidays are available throughout the year with great beaches, as well as fauna and flora viewing. The whale watching season runs from September through to October, but many whales can still be seen in November.
Catch the start of the whale spotting season, with a trip this Autumn. You’ll get no jet lag, as South Africa is in the same timezone as Europe, the exchange rate is currently in our favour – where the pound can buy lots of South African rands and, well, there are no mating whales to be spotted by the cliffs of Dover.
The Riding Company can also arrange for you to go on a horse drawn tour of historic Cape Town, visit Table mountain by cable car and witness the amazing views or shark viewing and shark cage diving at Gansbaai.
For seven nights at a guest house and bush camp, a full itinerary and full board costs £1450 per person.
There are still some places available at the end of October and early November – which is when the whales come in to mate with the cows and there is plenty of action! It is also when the flowers are in full bloom in the famous flower valley, so get in touch with The Riding Company on 020 7870 7834 or email info@theridingcompany.com to make a booking. For more details visit The Riding Company’s website www.theridingcompany.com

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Welcome to The Riding Company’s new blog.
Here we will update you with all the latest news about what new holidays The Riding Company have, as well as lots of equestrian and travel news and tips.
If you want to get in touch with us email info@theridingcompany.co.uk or give us a call on
020 7917 9880 or visit http://www.theridingcompany.com/

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A warning from the president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), has been sent out about the future of Olympic equestrian sports.
Sources say that the popularity of dressage is very low. There have also been complaints about judging and the make up of judging panels and committees.
There is even the possibility that this could lead to the end of show jumping as an Olympic sport, as it’s unlikely that it could be left on its own.
The controversy at the Olympics last week, when four show jumping riders were suspended following positive dope tests on their horses, won’t have been a great help for the sport’s image either.

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