Swedish sport journalists have showed they know nothing about horse sports. They don't know who the winner of the most honoured sport prize "The Jerring Prize" is, even though Rolf-Goran Bengtsson has showed us through years how good rider he is. RGB got the highest score ever in the voting, but the sport journalists means, it's just the young girls riding that has been voting. Riding a horse isn't a sport, it's the horse that does the work, they say. Gosh, what little they know!
Social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Bukefalos has got their roles in this voting result, that's true. Horse interested people has gathered together and long before the Gala was hold, RGB ranked highest score ever, between 50-60 % of all the votes - while the rest of nominated elite sportsmen and women had beneath 10 % each.
Still, the media is mostly reporting football and ishockey in Sweden. Very rare, we can find notices about - riding or horse driving sports. Mostly horseloving men and women have to buy special magazines to read about horses and horse sports. Seldom do we find any news about them at TV or in the daily papers, if it isn't about trotting. But there are Sports reporting in both TV and daily papers, especially football and ishockey. Aftonbladet use to have a section of 20-24 pages reporting sports but seldom - horse sports. Even though horse sports is ranked at 2nd place among sports in Sweden. It's only football that is a larger sport. But people interested in football and ishockey doesn't have to go the the market store to buy a magazine to read about it. They have it already "for free" at TV and in daily newspapers. And we horse enthusiasts are sharing their costs for getting that for free - as we are paying the fees for TV-license and are buying the newspapers, even though we never read about the football and ishockey!
The sport journalist Lasse Anrell made a BIG mistake. He went out in Aftonbladet some couple of days ago and critizised both horse sports and RGB. Horse-Sweden is raging about it! Lasse Anrell (who is afraid of horses) was invited yesterday afternoon to take a jumping tour on a horse at a riding stable in Stockholm. He and the newspaper Aftonbladet accepted the challenge. Now he had all the chances to show, that riding a horse is not a sport! :) The thought was that he should be showjumping 60-80 cm. He sat up on the horse, but the only thing he manage, was to trot a bit and he managed to go over 15 cm hights at a waling-pace and with a leader of the horse.
Afterwards, he has been reflecting, that if the Swedish people has voted a riding sportsman to get the most honoured prize, the daily papers should reflect that choice when it comes to reporting the sports, and not only report about football and ishockey.
But still, when the evening came and I switch on the TV to see the sport news, what happened? NOTHING about horses and horse sports! It seems that we are back at square one. In Sweden, horse sports are not counted among all testosterone-filled sport journalists. As a blogger wrote, they don't understand which business there is in horse sports and horses. And still, they are thinking of horse riding as a cute little activity for teenage girls. So wrong they have!
Hopefully, the most negative sport journalists will be invited to Stockholm Horse Show next year to show us if they manage to be show-jumping over 100 cm. At least. It would be great and interesting, if any of the sport journalist who is shouting loudly just now that riding isn't a sport ~ will be able to pass over 1.40 I'm looking forward to hear what they'll say afterwards!
And I hope Lasse Anrell rode enough to feel the pain in buttom and legs afterwards.