Navigating with a paper map and compass is not any more modern than riding a horse, sorry.
I'd have thought the reason for getting rid of 'riding an unfamiliar horse' is because it's stupid. From memory the girl who was leading after the fencing and swimming at the Tokyo Games went out of contention after she got unlucky in the horse lottery and got a horse that had already proved uncooperative with the previous rider. Both of them failed to finish the horse course because the horse wouldn't jump. Nothing to do with the skill of the athlete.
Anyway why not just get rid of the whole sport and put in, I don't know, downhill unicycling. It's a bit of a niche market but boy would it bring in the spectators! Imagine the worldwide unicycle sales after that hit the airwaves.
but we have just missed our opportunity to propose combination of TrailO & OCR
"The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne said obstacle racing had been chosen from 60 potential options because it was “dynamic and attractive to global audiences”, and had “a simple and safe infrastructure for training”.
Plus it's popular (at the moment), e.g. Ninja Warrior.
I've long said that I have no problem with equestrian events in the Olympics, provided the medals go to the horses. At regular horse racing, it's not the jockeys that are the big winners.
Obstacle course racing is fine, although I wonder if it's going to be like speed rock climbing where there's a standard course and people work out an exact set of moves to get through it in an optimum manner. (I don't really have a problem with that.)
@jjcote. Did you ever even see a horse shoot a pistol? Only in America
The real reason is that riding a horse without obtaining an explicit permission from the horse is against the progressive agenda
Don't know about horses, but an early Australian explorer met his demise after he was accidentally shot by one of his camels.
Well if he was in some way responsible for introducing camels into Australia, he probably deserved it.
If you like I can rename thread to horses vs camels
Should have subbed in Rogaining. No need to worry about those medal winning trains that form in orienteering :p