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ctanner
Aug. 16, 2008, 02:29 PM
Do all the teams return home with their horses?

I seem to remember that years ago the New Zealand team sold their horses as they couldn't return home.I could be wrong.

Anyone know?

slc2
Aug. 16, 2008, 02:57 PM
They are all going to Disney Land.

Maryalden
Aug. 16, 2008, 03:08 PM
I think "Big Mac" would love "It's a Small World." :)

Drvmb1ggl3
Aug. 16, 2008, 03:09 PM
All medal winners will return home to parades and marching bands. The losers will enter the Chinese food chain. That was part of the deal worked out with China getting the games and Equestrian sports staying in the Olympics. Blame it on the FEI and esp Princess Haya. It's all her fault.

Hony
Aug. 16, 2008, 03:39 PM
From what I remember New Zealand sold their horses because they couldn't afford to get them home. They spent every bit of money they had getting to the Olympics.

This year I think most of the horses will just go home and be horses for a while.

buryinghill4
Aug. 16, 2008, 04:03 PM
The really great horses get bought by US amateur riders - that is if the current owner's are willing to sell (most will not these days).
The schooling areas after the OG, WC and WC are often very busy with horse sales.

egontoast
Aug. 16, 2008, 04:05 PM
All medal winners will return home to parades and marching bands. The losers will enter the Chinese food chain. That was part of the deal worked out with China getting the games and Equestrian sports staying in the Olympics. Blame it on the FEI and esp Princess Haya. It's all her fault.



That's a fib. the losers go to the finest restaurants in France.

Party Rose
Aug. 16, 2008, 04:16 PM
The really great horses get bought by US amateur ridersA friend of mine has one that is a saint.


New Zealand sold their horses because they couldn't afford to get them home. They spent every bit of money they had getting to the Olympics.
I recall that!


And if I were one of those horses, I'd love a month or two of a relaxing, non-scheduled summer camp with a huge lake to swim in and a shore of sand to roll & sun bathe on. Massive woods that we could play hide and seek in and lots of field trips, which includes daily trips to the local growers carrot patches and apple orchids.

HorsRdr477
Aug. 16, 2008, 04:20 PM
They are all going to Disney Land.

:lol::lol: You made me smile:)

Polydor
Aug. 16, 2008, 04:36 PM
canadian riders and maybe horses come back home and go straight to spruce meadows for the masters. Well this could go for the rest of the riders as well. :D

P.

Gnep
Aug. 16, 2008, 05:18 PM
They are having currently a huge tack auction at the golf course club house, run by the local Pro, so they can stock the water jumps with gold fish.

The horses are already at the local speciality market, the winners at a taxidermy and are later on display at the Olympic museum in Peking.
The Jockeys are mugging stalls at the race track to earn their return tickets.

Ecxept for poor Ol' Alex he is already on his way to the gobi desert, counting sand pebbles and his horse is on the way to the US to the BN circus.

I'm EBO
Aug. 16, 2008, 05:21 PM
Tell me you're joking about the horses being left in China. Please.

Ajierene
Aug. 16, 2008, 05:50 PM
From what I remember New Zealand sold their horses because they couldn't afford to get them home. They spent every bit of money they had getting to the Olympics.

This year I think most of the horses will just go home and be horses for a while.

Who was running the budget that year? It seems rather short sighted to not be able to figure out how to get the horses home before even going. Unless maybe the athletes went to the games understanding this.

"Um..we can get you over there and we can get the people back, but the horses...yeah...you wanted to sell them anyway, right?"

That would suck.

asb_own_me
Aug. 16, 2008, 06:41 PM
Who was running the budget that year? It seems rather short sighted to not be able to figure out how to get the horses home before even going. Unless maybe the athletes went to the games understanding this.

"Um..we can get you over there and we can get the people back, but the horses...yeah...you wanted to sell them anyway, right?"

That would suck.

That's what I was thinking. How awful to have to give up your Olympic partner.

egontoast
Aug. 16, 2008, 06:49 PM
Tell me you're joking about the horses being left in China. Please.

Only if you agree to buy this nice bridge here I have for sale.

Gnep
Aug. 16, 2008, 07:31 PM
It is one of those unconfirmed stories that the Kiwis had to sell their horses because of a one way ticket.
More correct they ran out of beer at the X-C party and pawned a couple of for 2 cases of beer.

sascha
Aug. 16, 2008, 07:57 PM
That's a fib. the losers go to the finest restaurants in France.
Wherever will they find sturdy enough chairs for them all to sit down to dine?:D

sascha
Aug. 16, 2008, 08:02 PM
Tell me you're joking about the horses being left in China. Please.
Sorry, no joke. Every time there is an equestrian event of any type in China they keep the horses, freeze dry them to shrink them just a bit and then cover them in terra cotta. Where else do you suppose all these came from?
http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/5996/54terracottahorsesbs6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
I hear there are going to be some groom jobs opening up too.

egontoast
Aug. 16, 2008, 08:52 PM
yeah, the grooms are all sold into slavery to save on airfare.

Reynard Ridge
Aug. 16, 2008, 09:36 PM
I think "Big Mac" would love "It's a Small World." :)


HK Disney "Small World" ride is not due to open until the Spring of '09. Poor fella, what a disappointment. :no: There are no lines, though, so he can ride Buzz Lightyear to his heart's content. :yes:

Gnep
Aug. 16, 2008, 10:03 PM
Mac got a contract with Bud and will be trained by that spoted guy

retreadeventer
Aug. 16, 2008, 10:26 PM
Gnep about the NZers -- that was a fib. It was 3 cases of beer - WARM - not 2. They put the cold ones in the sun to warm them up and the cleaning people always try to take them and throw them out...it's war I tell you

Gnep
Aug. 17, 2008, 01:38 AM
wooooooooooooooooooooow, retreadeventer, there are some rather uncivilized people around.
Throw a nice tempered beer away, that is disgusting.
We have to get out of the FEI, no quesrion about that.

But why care about the horses, they have been used up, what a strange question.

DeLovely
Aug. 17, 2008, 02:44 AM
ha-ha, this thread gave me a good laugh.

Thanks for restoring my faith in fellow horsepeople. People can get pretty negative on this board sometimes (...you know who I'm talking about, peanut gallery) and from time to time I start to believe my husband when he says that horsepeople are nuts. Glad to see there are still folks with a good healthy sense of humor!

Bats79
Aug. 17, 2008, 04:28 AM
The Australian horses will all be sold to Europeans and Americans who can "ride em proper" and win lots of money. :)

VentDependent
Aug. 17, 2008, 06:59 PM
They are all going to Disney Land.no, only the gold medalists get to go to disney land, the rest return home to riots because they lost.

Guin
Aug. 17, 2008, 08:16 PM
All medal winners will return home to parades and marching bands. The losers will enter the Chinese food chain. That was part of the deal worked out with China getting the games and Equestrian sports staying in the Olympics. Blame it on the FEI and esp Princess Haya. It's all her fault.


*snork*

Guin
Aug. 17, 2008, 08:16 PM
That's a fib. the losers go to the finest restaurants in France.


*double snork*