THIS is a SPORT?

No, no, of course not.

But this is:

Comments

  1. #1 Joel
    August 16, 2008

    I don’t know Greg, the dressage video was pretty interesting and my friend says she had a dressage horse growing up, she say’s it’s a sport. So there!

    Oh, British comedy is always good. :)

  2. #2 Kate
    August 16, 2008

    Haven’t done much riding, have you, Greg?

    Personally, I prefer hunter/ jumpers, but there is a lot more involved in dressage than meets the eye.

  3. #3 Matt Hussein Platte
    August 16, 2008

    Rowing a boat is a sport? Throwing sticks and rocks is a sport? Ditto the “haven’t done much riding” comment.

  4. #4 RNB
    August 16, 2008

    Very good.

    Nothing that needs a judge to decide marks for style is a sport.

    That counts for objective measures of swimming style and walking style as well as for synchronized prancing.

    See the Ministry of Silly Games

    Sorry to post a link in a comment, but it seems relevant here.

  5. #5 Coturnix
    August 16, 2008

    Dressage is friggin’ hard. I did show-jumping, and hunter/jumper equitation, and I did some dressage but never at such a high level – it is the most difficult thing to do with a horse.

    And the judging is subjective but the rules are quite well defined, so an unknown nobody can theoretically beat the superstars with a brilliant performance.

  6. #6 DDeden
    August 16, 2008

    Stupid Pet Tricks? (Surfboarding dogs, dancing bears..)

    Cute wins medals, see China Olympic non-vocal singer.

  7. #7 mark
    August 17, 2008

    I don’t know the name of it, but that dead-goat polo game is a good horseback sport.

  8. #8 Noadi
    August 18, 2008

    Dressage is crazy when you get into it. You are getting a horse to do incredibly well controlled choreographed maneuvers, and I should mention that the rider isn’t supposed to look like he’s giving the horse any sort of commands at all. It’s all done using pressure from the legs, shifting body weight, etc. Not only is it a sport but I consider it a team sport, the horse and the rider are a highly trained team working together.

  9. #9 themadlolscientist, FCD
    August 20, 2008

    Sports? My favorite sport is So You Think You Can Dance. Now that’s a sport!

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