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Not surprised with the modern pentathalon being dropped, the whole showjumping part of that event has always been a shitshow and it got worse this year with a horse being beaten in the ring, which got a lot of press. I don't understand the rationale for the modern pentathalon to exist, it seems like a bizarre event anyway.

Wow. I had no idea. Animal cruelty? WTF? Was there corruption too?

No idea. So I follow equestrian sports and every olympics hating on the modern pentathalon basically becomes a side effort from every equestrian blogger who is following the olympics. The people in the pentathalon can't bring their own horses, they draw horses provided by hosts out of a hat and they have something like ~15 minutes to learn about the horse and then they have to go jump a course. Most of them don't ride that well and it never goes well.