NBC Equestrian Olympic Commentators

So as I sit here after watching the Olympic coverage for the dressage individual medals I am having the same issues with the coverage that I had back in 2012…the terrible commentators.

Is anyone else finding this painful? I took to muting the sound yesterday during the individual show jumping qualifying, but with it being freestyles today for Dressage, I felt like the sound needed to be on. I found them a bit annoying during the eventing cross country, but by the time the jumping rounds were done the day after I was already hoping they might change up the commentators since they clearly don’t get along.

I am Olympic obsessed and have watched every televised moment of the equestrian events (I can’t live stream at work unlike some of you :P) and the chemistry between Melanie Smith-Tayor and Randy Moss has gone from strained to hostile. Over the likely 12+ hours that I have heard them together I am now convinced that Melanie Smith-Taylor is out of touch and is convinced that Randy Moss is stupid. Randy Moss could potentially not be that bright, but as a viewer I don’t think that I should know that. I appreciate them trying to change the line up from the 2012 Olympics, but this combo is clearly not a win so maybe NBC should try and switch out both commentators next time.

Does anyone know how the commentators are selected? I like the idea of a novice with a pro, but maybe a pro who is more active in the horse world would be a good place to start. I just feel like there are so many riders out there who are funny, charming and clearly show a passion for equestrian sport. I don’t mean to sound harsh about Smith-Taylor, she apparently still gives clinics and wrote a book, but she just doesn’t sound like someone who loves horses when you listen to her.

The Olympics is the top of equestrian sport, commentary shouldn’t be a “name that tune” during dressage with the same three facts about every rider being repeated over and over again for every day of competition. 

If you need help NBC just let me know, I’m confident I could find you a top rider who won’t talk over your other announcer and who can talk about more then just the age of the horse or rider. Even my non-horsey hubby started laughing listening to them today, his exact words were “are these the best commontators they could find?”

Sadly, I think the answer is yes for the 2016 Olympics. 

2016 Rio Olympics


So if you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I love the Olympics. For the next two weeks I will be glued to my tv watching everything from synchronized swimming to rhythmic gymnastics. Of course, the highlight of the games for me is the equestrian events!

Above is the official tv schedule in the U.S. For all of the 2016 Olympic events. I hope you find it helpful and take a little time to watch yourself!

Happy Birthday Gen

24 years ago today a little black trouble making fuzzball was born! I know I don’t blog much at all, but I wanted to share the fact that Gen has made it to a happy (and mostly healthy) 24 years old!

Gen trying to get his new fly mask off last week


We will celebrate today with a treat tasting. They changed the formula of the only packaged treats he likes so I have 5 new samples for him to try to see if we have a new winner. 

Muddy Gen on Mother’s Day

I’ve been a terrible trailer owner…

  
So I got a used horse trailer a few months after I got Gen. It took us to many lessons and shows and I am so happy I had it. That was 10 years ago now. I can’t even say I barely use it anymore…I haven’t used it in 2 years! I keep it at the farm Gen is boarded it and use it as storage. It is kept up by the ring so I rarely even look at it. One of the other boarders left a note on the board to let me know one of the trailer tires was low. It still has taken me about a week to even bother coming to put in air in. 

When I finally got up here tonight I looked at it and immediately felt terrible. My poor trailer is clearly neglected! There is green scuz all over it and while one tire was clearly flat, all of them were low. The trailer is a 1995 sundowner, and at this moment it looks it.

If I am being honest with myself, I think the time has come to let go of it. There is a small part of me that isn’t ready for that yet…a teensy tiny voice that says my show days are not over yet. 

How long should one keep a trailer for with a retired horse when you are not riding or showing anything else?

“I am too handsome for you not to talk about everyday!”

  
So I just realized that I haven’t updated this blog in months!! I can run down a laundry list of excuses, but I think instead I’m just going to say that I need to get better. The world needs more Gen in it! When I told Gen I hadn’t blogged I’m forever and to make a pretty face so everyone could see his handsome self that was the face I got. I am sure I am anthropomorphasizing, but I see a healthy mix of judgement and doubt😛 I will prove my pony wrong and post all the time again! 

Happy 4th of July!

I know I have been terrible about posting lately. I have a horse to tell you all about, some big life news to tell you about, and an official review of Gen’s crazy fly mask! With all that waiting to be written about it seemed sill to do a photo post. I had to though. Gen is the most American loving Mexican General I know😉

Gen and I wish all of you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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