What is the 2008 Equinics?

Olympic Motto
Swifter, higher, stronger

But if, my heart, you wish to sing of contests, look no further for any star warmer than the sun, shining by day through the lonely sky, and let us not proclaim any contest greater than Olympia.

-- Pindar, First Olympian Ode

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part."

We want you to be a part of the Equinic Spirit. Please participate by joining one of the Equinic tracks.

1.  Promote the Olympic spirit of sportsmanship and spirit by participating.

2.  Support your colleagues.

3.  Increase friendly rivalry amongst the tracks. Support the Sim Tracks!

4.  Promote your horse. It will live forever in the SIM Hall of Fame

5.  Celebrate the multi-cultural aspects of this game.

6.  Send questions to [email protected].

The ancient Greeks were highly competitive and The ultimate Greek goal was to be the best. It was therefore considered one of the greatest honors to win a victory at Olympia. The fact that the only prize given at Olympia was an olive wreath illustrates this point. The athletes competed for honor, not for material goods.

"When the Persian military officer Tigranes "heard that the prize was not money but a crown [of olive], he could not hold his peace, but cried, 'Good heavens, Mardonius, what kind of men are these that you have pitted us against? It is not for money they contend but for glory of achievement!"

The main aims of the Olympic movement are:

To promote the development of those physical and moral qualities which are the basis of sport

To educate young people through sport in a spirit of better understanding between each other, and of friendship, thereby helping to build a better and more peaceful world

To spread the Olympic principles throughout the world, thereby creating international goodwill

To bring together the athletes of the world in the great four-yearly sports festival, the Olympic Games

One of the major aims of Olympism is "to improve the human race, not only physically, but to give it a greater nobility of spirit, and to strengthen understanding and friendship amongst peoples." (Sigfrid Edstrom - President of the International Olympic Committee 1946-1952)