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Let's make Don Juan van de Donkhoeve an honorary Blue Devil

(08/17/21 4:53am)

I appreciate the Sports section story "Five Blue Devils medal at Tokyo Olympics" of August 13th and big props to all our athletes on their accomplishments. Nonetheless, no mention of the horse ridden by Jessica Springsteen? As talented of a world-class equestrian as she is, she could not have won a silver medal were it not for the equivalent excellence, athleticism, and dedication of Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, her Belgian warmblood. In equestrian sports the horse and rider are an extension of one another and enjoy an incredible bond and total trust which requires understanding, patience, rigorous practice sessions, and countless hours together to develop and maintain. Don Juan van de Donkhoeve is as much a silver medalist as Jessica. Let's make him an honorary Blue Devil.