The other day while I was digging through boxes of old photographs, I found a ton of photos that I had shot back in 1998 at the World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy. I spent nearly a week in Rome so I could watch all three tests of the 3-Day Event World Championships. Those were still the days of the “long format” 3-day events. So much different than what we see today. Spectacular rides, great memories!
Here are some photos of Mark Todd riding Broadcast News, tackling the magnificent cross-country course designed by Albino Garbari at the Pratoni del Vivaro outside of Rome.
And here’s another photo of Toddy whilst doing the course walk prior to the show jumping.
As we all know, in 1998 the New Zealand team won gold, while Blyth Tait took the individual gold and Mark Todd took the individual silver; and Andrew Nicholson was 5th as individual. Back then, it was a chance in a lifetime to see these outstanding riders–the New Zealanders who were dominating the sport ( and still are !)–riding the course right there in front of me.
I won’t be able to attend this year’s WEG in Normandy, France. Instead I’ll watch the 3-Day World Championships on television. The good news is that a number of television channels here in Europe will be broadcasting the various WEG events from France. I’m excited!
And may the best riders win!
Photos copyright Karin Susan Fester (c) 1998-2014