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SBT
Apr. 1, 2003, 09:11 PM
Under the George Morris Clinics thread, I posted that if people want to know when his clinics will be, they should call Hunterdon, or GM himself. Then I remembered how ridiculously intimidating it is to do that!

My first phone conversation with GM was certainly less than stellar. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I stumbled over asking about lessons. When he said, "What level rider are you?" I went blank. I said, "well, I'm not sure..." (duh http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif ) GM said, "How high do you jump?" Me: "Well, I've gone up to 3' before, but I don't usually do more than 2'6"." He called me an "intermediate" rider, which kind of threw me for a loop because I was used to people considering me an "advanced" rider...not realizing that, to GM, "advanced" means you are jumping REALLY big stuff.

So then we get to the horse. I told him I didn't have a horse to bring. Did he have a school horse? "I don't really have school horses. Right now I just have one I could use." So then I thought of a great icebreaker: "Well, what's he like?" GM: "What do you MEAN, what's he like???" Ooops. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif What WAS I thinking? Would GM have a school horse that was less than a beautifully trained, high quality animal? Silly me. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Somehow, I managed to get back to business and schedule a lesson, despite that faux pas. And in so doing, I learned how to best handle dealing with the most pro of pro's: get down to business, and don't try to be overly conversational. (After this insinuous phone call, I got a job where I was on the phone with various people almost constantly...now, I am great on the phone...even with GM. But I still go blank when someone's answering machine beeps. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif ).

SO, what have your initial interactions with BNT's/BNR's been like? Ever dial the number, then chicken out and hang up? Ever say, "Sorry, wrong number," and THEN hang up? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif What about at shows? Just how ridiculous do you get when someone famous is walking towards you, or standing behind you in line at the food tent?

If you've got a story...do tell! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

~Sara
*Member of the Dirt Divers 78th Airborne Unit, ATH Squadron*
*T-Minus 3 Weeks Until My Beval Devon Arrives!*

SBT
Apr. 1, 2003, 09:11 PM
Under the George Morris Clinics thread, I posted that if people want to know when his clinics will be, they should call Hunterdon, or GM himself. Then I remembered how ridiculously intimidating it is to do that!

My first phone conversation with GM was certainly less than stellar. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I stumbled over asking about lessons. When he said, "What level rider are you?" I went blank. I said, "well, I'm not sure..." (duh http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif ) GM said, "How high do you jump?" Me: "Well, I've gone up to 3' before, but I don't usually do more than 2'6"." He called me an "intermediate" rider, which kind of threw me for a loop because I was used to people considering me an "advanced" rider...not realizing that, to GM, "advanced" means you are jumping REALLY big stuff.

So then we get to the horse. I told him I didn't have a horse to bring. Did he have a school horse? "I don't really have school horses. Right now I just have one I could use." So then I thought of a great icebreaker: "Well, what's he like?" GM: "What do you MEAN, what's he like???" Ooops. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif What WAS I thinking? Would GM have a school horse that was less than a beautifully trained, high quality animal? Silly me. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Somehow, I managed to get back to business and schedule a lesson, despite that faux pas. And in so doing, I learned how to best handle dealing with the most pro of pro's: get down to business, and don't try to be overly conversational. (After this insinuous phone call, I got a job where I was on the phone with various people almost constantly...now, I am great on the phone...even with GM. But I still go blank when someone's answering machine beeps. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif ).

SO, what have your initial interactions with BNT's/BNR's been like? Ever dial the number, then chicken out and hang up? Ever say, "Sorry, wrong number," and THEN hang up? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif What about at shows? Just how ridiculous do you get when someone famous is walking towards you, or standing behind you in line at the food tent?

If you've got a story...do tell! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

~Sara
*Member of the Dirt Divers 78th Airborne Unit, ATH Squadron*
*T-Minus 3 Weeks Until My Beval Devon Arrives!*

Ain'tNoFoolinAround
Apr. 1, 2003, 10:01 PM
I work in a tack shop, and during one show weekend, a rider came in and was asking directions to the bathroom. I gave him directions, and when he gave me the confused look, I replied, there's 30odd stalls in the barn, go nuts! He laughs, thanks me, and heads off down to the bathroom (or stall, I never did find out!)The show seceretary is standing there trying not to laugh. I aske her what the deal is. SHe replies, do you know who that was? Nope, says I. Hugh Graham she said. Wow, I must have turned 15 shades of red, especially when he came back in later to pick up his passport and smiled at me. Oh, god. I never recognise them without their helmets on!!!!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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Rocky XVI
Apr. 1, 2003, 10:13 PM
Hubby arranged the first lesson with BNT for my daughter, so I managed to slide out of that unnerving task, but it still took several weeks before I could get out anything more than a "hi, nice day isn't it?" when we crossed paths at the barn (ooops, sorry, training facility). Meanwhile, my daughter continually pesters BNT with questions like "do you ever get sick of signing autographs?" and "what do you have to do to get a red (team) jacket?". The first time I heard her ask one of these frivolous questions I was struck by the desire to run over and put my hand over my daughter's mouth. But this unbelievably patient BNT answers every one of her questions in the same careful and thoughtful manner that she would use to respond to an intelligent adult inquiry. Feeling bolder, I decided to try to come up with something that would better show off my vast horsey acumen. But when my comment that "it must be tough getting a grey horse looking spotless for the cameras" was met with stony look, I reverted back to my old "nice day, isn't it?".

~~Forget about fleece pullovers, down jackets and long underwear...just get me a long extension cord so I can wear my electric blanket down to the barn!~~

Nirvana
Apr. 1, 2003, 10:45 PM
Several years ago, I was watching the big USDF Dressage competition that was literally across the street from my house. I lived in a really small town (3000 people) with a great equestrian facility that hosts USDF Olympic qualifiers all the time. Being an HJ person, I decided to go check out the best of the best...and loved it.

After the show, I went to the local grocery store (think Mom and Pop with like 4 checkout stations). I get in line behind a guy wearing white breeches and high boots...obviously a competitor from the show. He hands the woman his money, and I catch a glimpse of his face, realize who he is, and in my usual foot-in-mouth routine, I gasp:

"OH MY GOD YOU'RE GUENTER SIDEL!!!!"

He looks at me and my slack-jawed expression and chuckles. "Last I checked I was," he replies. I then proceeded to babble senselessly about how much I adored his horse Graf George and how I thought Grand Prix dressage was awesome and how I would love to try one of those super-balanced horses over jumps...and on and on. He was incredibly patient and chatted with me for a bit, then left.

It was then that I realized I had forgotten the most important question: "Can I have your autograph?" Oops! I did however request that the store hang a sign in the window saying "Guenter Sidel shopped here!" but they politely declined...haha.

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Baileybff
Apr. 1, 2003, 11:03 PM
Luckily I didn't make a fool out of myself too much http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, but...

After showing at my first "real" jumper show, I was hanging out watching the GP. We were all standing around chatting when I look up and see Mr Greg Best, cutie that he is. HuntJump and I ball up enough nerve to wander over, then finally enough nerve to speak. Can I just say he is one of THE nicest people I think I've ever met. He stood there and chatted with us for the longest time. (Unlike one of the OTHER big name riders that made it apparent she wouldn't be seen in the commoners tents http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/dead.gif, lol.) We asked about Gem Twist and what it was like to ride him, what life was like in NewZeland (I think it was), if he ever did clinics, etc. I babbled about how I didn't think I would ever be able to jump those "big" fences (yes sounding VERY dorky); To which he replied "Why not, it's only a few more holes". Anyway, to make a long story short, we enjoyed EVERY minute of it. The only thing I wish would have been different would have been the fact that I had just had my son 4 months before and felt fatter than hell still. Oh well, guess that didn't matter too much. It still was a great experience.
Man, I still wish I knew what happened to MY picture with him Suz. I know you still have yours~ Oh well!

Nat http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

"A horse is a horse of course of course"...This person obviously never met MY horse!

Gayle
Apr. 2, 2003, 03:57 AM
A good friend went to audit a GM clinic and I went to watch. So I brought along my copy of his book American Jumping Style or something like that. At the end of the day he was standing there talking and answering questions and I asked if he would sign it.

GM: Sure, what's your name.

Me: Gayle

GM: How do you spell that?

Me: G a-y-l-e.

GM: Oh, that's different.

He signs and I go maybe 10 feet around the corner and my friend looks and starts laughing. It says To Ayle, something about style and good luck with your riding. GM

Not realizing he is still only about 10 feet away she says to go tell him it's wrong and ask him to fix it. I said "NO WAY, I am not telling GM he is wrong! YOU go tell GM he is wrong. I am going home to check my birth certificate and see if I have been spelling my name wrong for the last 3hmmgf years!" We heard roaring laughter, looked around the corner and there he was.

Since he appears to remember everything if I ever get the chance to ride with him like I would like I am sure he will bring that up.

"I drank what?" Socrates

Canterbury
Apr. 2, 2003, 07:48 AM
I have two stories to share with this. The first one happened to me in college. It was not too long after the 1984 Olympics and we were given an assignment to interview someone that was in the field that we wanted to work in. I had a friend that worked for Joe and Conrad and she got me the phone number so that I could interview Joe. Well needless to say my stomach felt like I was on a huge roller coaster and I was very nervous. Joe was very accomadating and allowed me to do the interview with him. I am sure that I sounded like an idiot through the whole thing!

The second on happened to a student of mine about 5 years ago at Harrisburg. She had a great junior year wining everything there was to win. We were Reserve Champion in the ASPCA regionals that year so when we went to indoors thought we should get a BNT for some political pull. I went and talked to Don Stewart who is and was a good friend of mine. I told him him about my student and he said he would watch her, from the stands, in the first Large Junior class that day, and would let us know after that. So we are waiting in the tunnel to go, there are about three horses ahead of us and Don comes down from the stands and finds us, starts chatting with me and my student, she turns white as a ghost, we have to go into the ring, and needless to say she rode awful. She turned the corner by the in gate for the long gallop to the single oxer and ran from 20 strides away and chipped so awful that she almost fell off, then down the next line she left a stride out. There were a few tears after that, more embarrassed then anything else. We spent the next three weeks with Don at Washington and New York and she certainly grew to love him. We laugh about it all the time.
I have to say that my experience with BNT's ha always been great. What you come to realize is that they are just people too. They put there boots on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. I do not get a that nervous when I approach them and usually they are so humble that they really enjoy it too. Ian Miller is the nicest most approachable person I think I have ever met, and even GM is too. He has become a friend and I look forward to the time I get to spend with him. Although it may be a little bit different next spring when he comes to MY farm to do a clinic but I will deal with that then.

Inverness
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:19 AM
I've known, befriended, and competed against and with Olympians almost all my life (in another sport, of course) but I get positively slack-jaw stupid if I'm anywhere near an equestrian at that level.

I mean good gad, I've had world record holders and Olympic medalists to my home for dinner but the mere thought of asking David O'Connor to autograph my Rolex program last year sent me hightailing it to the bar in the opposite direction.

I can't explain why, but there you have it.


Pax et Bonum - Inverness

libgrrl
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:23 AM
I was Guenter's office girl (doubt he'd remember me) when he was "the dressage guy" at a hunter barn in Del Mar. He was a beautiful rider, but not famous at that time. I just remember marveling at how cute he was...

GotSpots
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:27 AM
My first "real" encounter with David O'Connor was when he nailed on my horse's shoe for me, the morning of an event. He could not have been any nicer, but I was absolutely agog at having someone like David touching my horse's feet. I'm sure I looked the complete idiot, babbling away, but thank goodness the Spotted One stood like an angel. Later that day, after we'd had the dressage test of our life, he gave me a thumbs up and teased me that it was all because of the shoeing. Wonder if I could get that hind foot bronzed...

LaurieB
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:41 AM
Inverness, what other sport were/are you so involved in?

AllWeatherGal
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:50 AM
I *love* this thread ... MORE MORE MORE!

(I clinicked with Sally O'Connor, David's mom and she's a darling and signed her books for me. But I don't think that counts.)

hoodoo
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:52 AM
David O'connor was doing a clinic at a barn in Tucson about 5 years ago. He was walking towards me and my horse, he reached over to give him a pat and my horse very impolitely stole the can of diet Coke out of his hand.
That horse loved soda...quite embarrassing.

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CuteHunter
Apr. 2, 2003, 09:25 AM
I was in a clinic once with Hugh Graham- it was the second one that our barn had hosted but my first timp riding in it. I had been a bit intimidated the first time but since I wasnt riding, it didnt matter too much. For the second clinic though, i was quite nervous and didnt say much to him. However, when he got on my little 15.2 hunter and she proceeded to throw him off at an X (very dirty stop mind you), i realized that even BNTs are like the rest of us- they really do fall off. After that, talking to him was considerably easier.

Inverness
Apr. 2, 2003, 09:52 AM
By LaurieB:
"Inverness, what other sport were/are you so involved in?"

I was/am involved in swimming. I swam competitively from age 9 through college and then again in U.S. Masters Swimming till I was about 39 - then I discovered horses http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

My hubby is a professional swimming coach and has had the privilege of coaching some great ones over the years, including Tom Dolan, Mike Barrowman, Michelle Griglione, Wendy Weinberg, Roque Santos, Jeff Kostoff, Susan Rapp, and Bambi Bowman.

I'd intended to start competing in Masters again this year but I can't seem to balance the practice times with my morning commute into DC. Thank heaven I can ride after rushhour!


Pax et Bonum - Inverness

EventerAJ
Apr. 2, 2003, 10:16 AM
This winter in FL I rubbed shoulders with a lot of BNT/Rs. At first I was so awestruck... then reality sets in. They're normal people, like the rest of us!

Last weekend I was at an event, Poplar Place in GA. Somehow a baseball game got started Friday night outside the barn; Karen's team vs. David's team http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif . Anybody and everybody was encouraged to play, though most were so shy they just watched. (Karen: "Hey you! Get out and play outfield! NOW! You over there, grab that bat, somebody's gotta hit!") Eventually I summoned my courage and went to bat at Karen's bidding. And I made it on base, too! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Oh, and for those who are scared to approach David O'Connor... picture him singing kareoke to the Grease soundtrack. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif That was by far the BEST competitors' party I have ever attended!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

~AJ~
I've been there...that's why I'm here.

firelizardfarm
Apr. 2, 2003, 10:38 AM
My daughter Dede worships the ground Richard Spooner walks on. Before Indio this year she was afraid that if she got to meet him she would just stand there with her mouth opening and closing like a fish out of water, and no sound coming out. Fortunately for her, the great moment came when she was standing in the ingate on her little 15 hand Arab getting ready to go into the GP field for the high Jr. Jumpers.

Spooner: Are you going in this class with that horse?

Dede: Yes.

Spooner: Isn't he a pony?

Dede: NO, he is a HORSE, he's 15 hands and 1/2 inch tall!

Spooner: You're really going in this class?

Dede: Yeah.

Spooner: This I have to see!

She is a little sensitive about her horse's height, and so had no trouble whatsoever talking to him. After the class, she rode out, and there he was, he was really impressed and congratulated her. What a nice guy! A memory she will treasure forever.

Hopeful Hunter
Apr. 2, 2003, 12:45 PM
Well, back when I was a kid I remember the one time my Mom indulged my horse passion and got tix to the National at the Garden (we were just a quick train ride away in NJ). I was dazzled, but remember most seeing Ian Millar ride. In the years since, I've continued to watch him ride and been really impressed by his quiet presence.

Fast forward a bit. My husband and I both do PR. Thanks to one of my former clients, I get to present trophies at the Columbia Classic and WIHS -- Ian Millar wasn't there, it was all quick, but VERY cool to be there with the riders. Some of the riders attended the sponsor events, and I get to tell Margie Goldstein-Engle how much I've always admired her nerve and Anne Kursinski how much I love her style. Both were nice, but obviously distracted by the competition. No biggie.

Then this year my husband's bank sponsored one of the big classes at Harrisburg. Again we get to present the trophy. This time, we got to watch most of the class from the judges booth where I sat next to Richard Jeffries, the course designer, and learned more about riding to big fences than I could have dreamed. He even kindly told me some of the "traps" he'd set along the way.

Then, the big deal...we gave out the award, and were walking back through the stables, when Ian Millar was walking toward the ring. I stopped him and stumblingly told him I'd been a fan for a very long time and that his quiet persistance was one of the things that motivated me to return to riding. He very politely asked what I rode and was just so kind and encouraging! What a nice guy!

sarapony
Apr. 2, 2003, 01:05 PM
Ummmmm....

Where does having my boots pulled off by Karen O'Connor in her pre-O'Connor days fall in the humiliation scale? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

My boots were a little tight when I finally managed to get them on. So I head to the ring for my ride time in the clinic that she was teaching. I don't make it 20 minutes into the warm up before I can't even feel my leg anymore, at all http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif As I am trying my best to pretend that I don't need sensation in my leg to ride, Karen asks what is wrong. I admit that my boots are way too tight, but that I'll survive. She asks if I paddock boots or something else that I could ride in at the barn and if so, to get off and put them on instead. I say 'yes, I have another pair' and hop off to start to run to the tack room. Except I couldn't walk. She has me sit down on the mounting block and pulls my boots off, after much effort, in the "push on the person's butt" method. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/dead.gif (do those combine for dying of embarassment?) I get back and finish the clinic, but I was so embarassed that I remember nothing else of the clinic. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

"No time to marry, no time to settle down. I'm a young woman and I ain't done runnin' around." - Bessie Smith

doubletake
Apr. 2, 2003, 01:40 PM
OMG I love all of these!! I haven't had that experience http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif but I think I should be very afraid!

LaurieB
Apr. 2, 2003, 02:25 PM
Inverness, I'm impressed! That's great.

sarapony, I think you win the humiliation prize. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

SaratogaSummer2001
Apr. 2, 2003, 02:34 PM
I'm totally obsessed with Aaron Vale. There.. I've said it, it's out in the open. My coach used to ride at his mother's barn - has a little program about it, with boarding rates and a picture of Aaron on the cover, holding onto a shaggy little pony (Mother Goose, I think.. it was something like that). Anyway, I think he's the coolest person.

So, my coach and I were at a show in Camden, and I had just gotten done videoing the miniprix and drooling over all of the fantastic horses. I went wandering over to my coach, who was, as usual, talking to someone in tall boots and white pants. No biggie - I'm thinking it's someone from the hunt and proceed to barge on up with the fantastic comment of, "I got it on tape, Squirrel! Did you see that bay horse's cute little feet? And the other one looked like Toga.. of course, I suck, so I'll be doing subterranian crossrail jumpers on him for the rest of my life.." Guy-in-white laughs, I look over, oh, yeah, totally Aaron Vale. I turn bright red, and mumble something somewhat intelligent though I think he made a comment about another set of "cute" feet... ugh.

Linny
Apr. 2, 2003, 03:41 PM
I met Michael Matz at Saratoga last summer. He was interviewed by the TV network I work for and I was there doing some production work. I swear, I've been around most of the best trainers in the US but I simply couldn't speak to Matz. I fumbled around and mumbled a few comments about Jet Run, how I admire his riding style etc. At least when the topic turned to his racehorse, St Marden, I suddenly figured out how to speak. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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in2Lopen
Apr. 2, 2003, 04:21 PM
I'm new here, but I just had to add my story....
In 1982 my family made a trip to Virginia to find a new horse for our daughter. We found her a lovely horse, but there was one horse we saw that I'll never forget. He was absolutely awesome, and I fell in love with him. However, he was way too green for our daughter. A few days later one of Leslie Howard's clients bought him. Leslie showed him with great sucess in Florida that year. I followed his career in the Chronicle (of course). After Florida I no longer saw his name mentioned in the magazine. I always wondered what happened to him.

Fast forward to 1984. The Olympics and Leslie were coming to our home town! We, of course, attended every horse related event. I casually told my family that if I saw Leslie I would ask about the horse. Well, wouldn't you know it, as we were entering an elevator at the hotel, out walks Leslie! I said, "Leslie, what ever happened to (horses name)... She stopped dead in her tracks to talk to us. Unfortuneatly, her news was not good. But the great part was that we all, including my 15 year old daughter and 12 year old son, got to see and touch her Olympic Gold Medal!!!! We'll all never forget that moment, and we much appreciated Leslie's kindness and willingness to share her time with us.

RugBug
Apr. 2, 2003, 04:28 PM
Welcome in2Lopen!

And I'm dying to know what happened to the horse....

I will die if I must, but do tell if you can.

playing cards
Apr. 2, 2003, 04:30 PM
Delighted - if it makes you feel any better I threw up right in front if Aaron Vale once. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif I don't know if anybody was so lucky to be at Washington in 1997 - the year of the "I'm on my death bed food poisoning," but I was so sick I didn't even make it to the manure pile http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

My other embarrasing BNT story is back when Chris Kappler was in Illinois, I as a naive 17 year old thought for sure that he would want me to work for him as a groom. Turns out I was right http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif, but when I went to lunch with he and his sister the day I met them, we went to a local burrito joint. Not knowing the menu, I ordered two burritos, but when they came our from the kitchen they were HUGE!!!! I was so embarassed. Still am. If anyone knows Chris he's not really the kind of person you could laugh about this story with, even 15 years later. I still work for the Kapplers on and off though so I guess it didn't phase them.

On a side note, if anyone remembers Guido, Chris' one time GP horse, he ate my leftover burritos http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

in2Lopen
Apr. 2, 2003, 04:36 PM
I think I need to just leave it at the news wasn't good, and that it had nothing to do with Leslie.

Stace
Apr. 2, 2003, 05:26 PM
This one really embarassed me. I have a great little jumper, she's only 16 hands but jumps the moon. One day at a show (in Canada) I do my rounds, placed well (i think!) and started to head back to the trailer. I hear someone behind me asking me to stop, so of course i turn around and there is a women holding a crop, i full riding gear, helmet, the works. As soon as i saw her, all i could think of was "OMG"....so...big name rider says, "great mare you have there, is she for sale?" I reply sort of hesitantly that she isn't, but i could call her if we decided to sell. She replies "are you sure? " ....as she pulls out a chequebook, and asks for a price. She's like "anyhthing, you name it, whatever you want for her, and i'll take her off your hands today". Of course that was a little much for me to handle, selling my horse without warning....so i kindly said i wasn't interested and got her information in caes we changed our mind. My mom standing beside me looks a little miffed and says... "wow, who has that kind of $$ to shell out that randomly?!!!"

I looked at her a little disgusted and said "mom, that was Leslie Howard" while shaking my head and walking away. She stood there for about 10 mins with her jaw hanging down...she must have felt a little silly!

doubletake
Apr. 2, 2003, 05:32 PM
in2Lopen> that's really cool that you got to meet her. And I'm sorry for whatever happened to the horse...

doubletake
Apr. 2, 2003, 05:33 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Stace:
This one really embarassed me. I have a great little jumper, she's only 16 hands but jumps the moon. One day at a show (in Canada) I do my rounds, placed well (i think!) and started to head back to the trailer. I hear someone behind me asking me to stop, so of course i turn around and there is a women holding a crop, i full riding gear, helmet, the works. As soon as i saw her, all i could think of was "OMG"....so...big name rider says, "great mare you have there, is she for sale?" I reply sort of hesitantly that she isn't, but i could call her if we decided to sell. She replies "are you sure? " ....as she pulls out a chequebook, and asks for a price. She's like "anyhthing, you name it, whatever you want for her, and i'll take her off your hands today". Of course that was a little much for me to handle, selling my horse without warning....so i kindly said i wasn't interested and got her information in caes we changed our mind. My mom standing beside me looks a little miffed and says... "wow, who has that kind of $$ to shell out that randomly?!!!"

I looked at her a little disgusted and said "mom, that was Leslie Howard" while shaking my head and walking away. She stood there for about 10 mins with her jaw hanging down...she must have felt a little silly!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

WOW!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif That's quite some story!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

SaratogaSummer2001
Apr. 2, 2003, 05:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by playing cards:
Delighted - if it makes you feel any better I threw up right in front if Aaron Vale once. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif I don't know if anybody was so lucky to be at Washington in 1997 - the year of the "I'm on my death bed food poisoning," but I was so sick I didn't even make it to the manure pile http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hmm.. Yes! Yes that does make me feel better, thank you http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

And, having a strange desire to hold onto at least a tiny shread of my dignity, I won't mention that when I DID manage to actually talk to Aaron, I was staring at his boots.. uhm.. Yes. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Little Indian
Apr. 2, 2003, 05:52 PM
in2lopen. welcome! not sure who you are but you live 10 minutes from me http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

SBT
Apr. 2, 2003, 05:56 PM
Wow, you guys, these are great!!! I love the GM one, about "going home and checking your birth certificate." LMAO! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

One thing I noticed was that after I had opened my mouth and stuck my foot in it a few times, I stopped caring http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif and just acted normal. In fact, by the end of one of my GM lessons, I was absolutely unfazed by meeting Chris Kappler. As in, "Hi, how 'ya doin'?" Eye contact, great handshake and all. Heck, I could manage myself around GM. Nobody else could have intimidated me that day! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Keep these stories coming! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
(I'm still waiting for Kachoo to add some of hers... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )

~Sara
*Member of the Dirt Divers 78th Airborne Unit, ATH Squadron*
*T-Minus 3 Weeks Until My Beval Devon Arrives!*

Linny
Apr. 2, 2003, 06:19 PM
Fetlocks and I audited at GM clinic last fall. I'd never been to Hunterdon OR met GM. My first encounter with "the Master" was during a break. I'd gone to the buffet table and grabbed a plate full of cookies and treats and walking back to the arena we encounteed GM. I'm a little ...ahem...chubby and here I am with a mouthful of cookies, crumbs everywhere. GM askes "Are you enjoying your lunch?" Ask Fetlocks, I wanted to die.

Resident racing historian
Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique

Sparky22
Apr. 2, 2003, 06:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Linny:
I met Michael Matz at Saratoga last summer. He was interviewed by the TV network I work for and I was there doing some production work. I swear, I've been around most of the best trainers in the US but I simply couldn't speak to Matz. I fumbled around and mumbled a few comments about Jet Run, how I admire his riding style etc. At least when the topic turned to his racehorse, St Marden, I suddenly figured out how to speak. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Resident racing historian
Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I ran into him last summer too! Only I *literally* ran into him on the street. It's so busy there in the summer, it drives me crazy http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

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I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest
-- John Keats

in2Lopen
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:09 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Little Indian:
in2lopen. welcome! not sure who you are but you live 10 minutes from me http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, I realized that. I think you might ride with a friend of mine's daughter (SS) though you have only mentioned RC. Small world! My daughter use to ride at Bell Canyon years ago. Nice place.

mickey
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:14 PM
Sue Ashe gave clinics at my college (late 80's-early 90's), so freshman year I think I am going to set the world on fire in this clinic with this BNT and show everyone my incredible riding prowess (which I was so sure I possessed). Anyway, the only thing on fire was me, crashing and burning AND crying about it. I got taken off the show horse, put on the schoolie that could tolerate me and got a good lesson in humility!! Sophmore year, Sue comes back (with notes from the previous year unbeknownst to me thank god, as I had apparently been dubbed crybaby). Anyway, I had half way learned to ride in the year that had past, and redeemed myself, and continued to redeem myself in the following years that she returned (in the end I turned into a "toughie"). 8yrs later Sue judged a show when I was showing as a professional (just in the baby greens thank god), and I was champion. At the end of the day I ran into her while walking with my boss, and nervously said Hello and asked her if she remembered me, at which point she told my boss what a crybaby I had been and that he was lucky to have me because I was a harder worker. Nice to have a little validation even if it took 10 years!

Chrissy
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:27 PM
...It all had to do with a little laminated picture of a pony named Flat Chance, and thanks to this BB.

Back in Jan. of this year at the Jacksonville Winter Series I had Flat Chance and was on a mission to get some pictures of him with some "famous people".

As long as I have loved horses and respected riders at higher levels I have never really been a follower of who's who. So when the riders are doing the course walk for the Grand Prix, I just stand along the side of the ring, on cructhes w/ a broken ankle, holding a drawing of a pony, just WAITING for some poor Grand Prix riding soul to make eye contact. No clue who anyone was.

Long story short, the lucky rider of the day turned out to be Hugh Graham (I had no clue until he was on course), and he took the time out of his COURSE WALK to pose for a picture. He won the GP that day too! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Really cool experience.

And because I was on painkillers it is all a blur LoL, but at least I have some pictures to prove it. I also met Frankie Chesler after the GP that day as well. She is really, really easy to talk to and her whole crew is fantastic.

So far I have only had positive experiences with BNR's. Knock on wood! My ultimate fantasy is to one day have an intelligent semi-conversation with GM Himself. I can only imagine how well that would go...

Common sense aint so common.

Baileybff
Apr. 2, 2003, 08:56 PM
I wish I could add to the GM ones. I've done several clinics with him, but never really got up the nerve to just "chat" with him, lol. I was pretty happy if I wasn't getting the "this is how NOT to do it" like some of the others that were riding http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/dead.gif! I did however walk in on him eating his...uhm...breakfast. It looked a bit like beetpult, but I wasn't askin', ha ha! I did have him autograph the underneath flap of my saddle (which I since sold)...and got a few pic's with him. Of course they are hiding SOMEWHERE with my pic's of Greg, sigh http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif.
Nat http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

"A horse is a horse of course of course"...This person obviously never met MY horse!

hifi
Apr. 2, 2003, 09:41 PM
My first contact with this BNT, Linda Allen was very scary. A mutual friend introduced us at the convention. I being a "want-to-be" course designer at the time and was trembling as I was meeting GOD herself. She is such a great woman and good friend now. I don't know what I was so frightened of, I guess making a fool of myself. I got to do that when I rode in a clinic with her. I have a green horse that really doesn't let me look my best. I had also not been riding very much the last month or so. The combination was lethal. I never represented myself as a very good rider but I was pretty embarassedand and I let her know. It was the "showing at 3'" division. I was barely jumping 2'6" to 2'9" and my trainer told me it would be OK. Well, I felt like a big dummy.
Anyhow, we are still friends, I didn't die and I didn't even fall off. I actually learned alot from that clinic, expecially how tolerant Linda is of klutzy riders like me!

Poindexter, may he rest in peace.
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hifi
Apr. 2, 2003, 09:46 PM
Oh, and the time I met Joe Fargis. He took of his glove and shook my hand and made this wonderful eye contact like I was the most important person in the world. It was wonderful, I will remember those beautiful blue eyes always!

Poindexter, may he rest in peace.
Certified Thread Killer
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Drop Bombs, Not Bush

Lil
Apr. 3, 2003, 04:05 AM
Well, if you want to hear about a couple of DORK stories, pull up a chair.
First of all, I am a "local member" type of rider but somehow I've always managed to worm my way into a nice barn. My trainer is not that well-known in general, but she has incredible contacts. So, when I finally got a horse nice enough to take to WEF (for someone ELSE to ride!) it was Dork City all the way. I sounded like Gomer Pyle in the golf cart: "Goll-LEEE! It's Leslie Howard! GM! Katie Monahan! That Irish Guy!"
Everyone's hoping I won't be quite so conspicuous next year.

Tired and Irate
Apr. 3, 2003, 04:15 AM
On the REALLY embarassing contact:

I was at WIHS about six years ago and a friend of mine and I stopped at the video boot and a tape of Mark Leone's round was playing on the screen. This was the beginning of when he started to really pack on the exra weight. In one of my cattier moods I was going on and on about the amount of weight he had put on. The comment about how the Shamus that were used to hold up the SeaWorld jump were smaller than him had just escaped my mouth when I turned around to say "don't you agree?" when I realized I wasn't talking to my friend (who had wandered off in embarassment) it was Mark Leone standing there! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif

Needless to say I swallowed both feet, muttered something about gotta go and shuffled off in a hurry!

[This message was edited by Tired and Irate on Apr. 03, 2003 at 01:49 PM.]

chicadee411
Apr. 3, 2003, 04:54 AM
Tired---OMG, I think I would have run and hid under a table somewhere! Hopefully he didnt' know you, then it really would have been bad http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif

eclipse
Apr. 3, 2003, 07:35 AM
This happened to a friend of mine, but I was standing next to her. We were at a schooling show at Spruce Meadows (when they had them!), and my friend was done for the day. She led her horse over to the rail to get her cooler but had to wait while 2 people were chitchatting (1 of them was Gayle Greenough). After about 10 mins, Gayle turns around and says "Oh are you waiting for an autograph?" My friend just looks at her (rolls her eyes) and says, "nope...you are leaning on my cooler & I need you to move!!" By this time, I am now snorting with laughter and the lady Gayle Greenough is talking with is shooting looks that could kill. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

"When the mare's good, she's very very good, but when she's bad.........look out!!!"

eclipse
Apr. 3, 2003, 07:42 AM
One more story (& this one makes me all warm & fuzzy inside!): Last year one of kids that ride in the school string, was hanging out by the warmup area at the Spruce Meadows Masters. Well, I guess he had been there most of the day, and Ian Millar spied him. He took him back to the barns to meet his horses and got him a lot of autographs from many riders. When they were getting ready to leave, Ludger Beerbaum approached him & gave him one of his stall plaques. His mom told him what an honour that was & to treasure it forever!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Thanks to the kindness of these "superstars" that little boy was foating around our barn for weeks. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

"When the mare's good, she's very very good, but when she's bad.........look out!!!"

Dakotawyatt
Apr. 3, 2003, 08:36 AM
Oh Eclipse, your story is sooo funny! I like your 'warm fuzzy' story too. Keep 'em coming, guys!! I'm really enjoying this thread. I've never met any BNTs or riders, but I once worked, rode, and showed a Holsteiner/TB cross that was sold to Debbie Conner after he jumped 6' with a girl at my barn. I rode him for over a year and cried my heart out when he left for Ohio. That's my only claim to fame!

~Jenny~

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"The daughter who won't lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable." (Samantha Armstrong)

GreystoneKC
Apr. 3, 2003, 08:43 AM
When I was about 10 or 11, I had my first realy experience with a BNT. My trainer at the time was friends with Greg Best and I think they grew up together or something and she knew him really well. He and Gem had been my idol since I was a tiny little 4-H rider with no CLUE of a bigger world between 4-H and the Olympics. Well, we were at my first away show and later after the show, which I was already happy about because I'd done well, I got taken to a barn and sitting there is Greg talking to friends and Gem standing in his stall! I almost died!! I think my tongue was somewhere near my liver because it sure wasn't working properly! But I got to take to him, pet Gem, and he signed my number (which I still have). I actually still have a really neat signed and framed poster of Greg and Gem hanging in my room. But these days I've been desensitized from him being around my trainer at shows and doing clinics and things, but I still think he's great and LOVE Gem.

Now I am going to admit something that makes me feel pathetic, but it's funny. At this point, I try not to be star-struck by BNTs hunter or jumper... I'm a young professional and I want people to take me seriously, not think of me as a immature kid, so for the most part, I don't get bothered by them anymore. BUT at Harrisburg the year before last I had gone up as I always do to sit in the stands and pratice judging all day long (I want to be a judge someday and LOVE sitting all day long with a paper and pen and "judging" and comparing my results), and I was judging the Junior Hunter Warm Up class for the Eqs. HUGE class, and really was fun to do. So here I am going along, going along and this guy behind me asks me who I like. Yeah, OK, it's Alex Jayne! So I go on to attempt to seem normal, and explain my favorites, one of which was his kid (I was glad I had it all written down so I didn't seem like a kissup), and another one was the eventual winner. At the end of the class, I had pinned very closely to the pinnings. But then best thing was hearing Alex Jayne compliment me on my "judging" and saying he'd be willing to recommend me when I went to get a learner judging card. I was a bit more starstruck than I'd like to admit! LOL

...for there are wings on these hooves, the speed and power of foam-capped waves...
*~v~*~v~*~v~*~v~*~v~*~v~*~v~*
Proud member of the artists clique

Kachoo
Apr. 3, 2003, 09:03 AM
Bentley sent me a quick note reminding me that although they were all positively humiliating experiences, I have had a couple run-ins with Big Fat Superstars that would probably warrant telling on this thread. I'm sure a few of you have already heard these stories, but why let that stop me http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif?

George Morris Run-in #1: "The Epitome of Style and Good Taste!" So, while competing at Spruce Meadows one summer, Bentley and I are heading down to the North American ring. She and her golden steed are looking like a million bucks, but I, of course, am running late once again, and as a result, Caiman and I look like we've just crawled forth from the sewers. His forelock is sticking out from beneath his bonnet in a very charming but perhaps not quite appropriate way, my hair is emerging from under my helmet, my collar is undone, my jacket is slobbery, and my boots still have a clump of straw dangling from them. Noticing that we are just not a good scene this morning, I announce to Bentley in my typically flamboyant and thoughtless way that, "Caiman and I are the epitome of style and good taste!" Next to us, a passing man in a cowboy hat throws an interested look my way at these words, only to see a horse and rider that are distinctly lacking in either quality. His face twisting with disdain, he quickly shuffles away. Bentley immediately goes into hysterics so, well, hysterical, that she nearly tumbles from her perfectly groomed animal, and manages to inform me during well-timed gasps for oxygen that we have just looked like retards in front of George Morris - the epitome of style and good taste.

George Morris Run-in #2: "A Horse Called Fart" So, my friend Pam has a boyfriend who is very nice, albeit rather devoid of all horsey knowledge, and whom she is in the habit of shunting off onto unsuspecting people when they're together at a show, and she has to compete. Another summer, again at Spruce, I was the lucky shunt-ee. We decided to stand at ringside and await Pam's round, and shortly after our arrival, he began regaling me with the following speech, "You know, if I had a horse, I'd name it Fart. Pam says that they wouldn't let me, but this morning I saw a horse named Misguided Angel. So whatever, if they let people give a horse a name like that, they'd totally let me name mine Fart." As he proceeded to name the rest of his string, I noted that the shoulders of the cowboy-hatted man in front of me were growing increasingly tense. Soon, he could bear what he was hearing no longer and got to his feet to leave, but not before throwing me and Pam's Boyfriend a disapproving glare. Who was the man? That's right. George Morris. I wonder if he recognized me http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif.

Last Year's German Chef d'Equipe, whatever his name is: Those of you who remember my tale of being dumped at the Masters by my Small Retarded Horse, Cesi, who then dashed down to the international stables, you may recall that he was there apprehended by some German dude, who accepted my deluge of groveling thanks with a wry "Ja." A helpful friend pointed out later that this "German dude" was none other than the above.

I have stood in line for fries with Ian Millar and Toni Hassmann, nearly rammed into Marcus Fuchs in a warmup ring, been seen falling off by Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Michael Whitaker, and in 2001, got to stand in mute awe in the presence of nearly everyone I idolized when I won the amateur scholarship at the Masters and got to accept it in the international ring. Bentley, of course, was there to support and laugh at me and was the recipient of many a hissed, "Ohmigod! Ludger Beerbaum and I use THE SAME FREAKING LIP-BALM!!!" and "LOOK! Rodrigo Pessoa is talking on his CELL PHONE!!!"

Good times, good times.

Cheers,
Susie
http://www.kachoom.com

"That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson

in2Lopen
Apr. 3, 2003, 09:22 AM
Greystone, I had sort of the same thing happen to me. This took place in the early eighties. I was a horse show mom who was faced with the need to buy my daughter a new horse. Since this was going to be a large investment, I wanted to know as much as I could possibly know about hunters. I was sitting in the stands at a huge show at Santa Anita race track (a prelude to the'84 Olympics). I sat there and judged the hunter class to see if I could get it near right. All of a sudden I hear this deep voice behind me saying that I was doing great with my system of judging. The "voice" was Victor Hugo Vidal! He sat with me for the next few hours, and I learned a lot. I also made a terrific friend.

WingedPanda
Apr. 3, 2003, 10:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kachoo:

"A Horse Called Fart"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

This is possibly the most awesome thing I've ever read. ROFLMAO!!

Tormenting "the George" - sounds like fun. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

propspony
Apr. 3, 2003, 10:26 AM
Hmmm this isn't a BNT per se... but... one year at Heartwood I was asked to hold Tashiling for a few moments while the groom went and helped Michael Matz remove a horse off of his foot! I was much more excited about that then meeting Michael Matz I'm afraid..lol

cheers

propspony

"That some people are happy to live their lives around horses is almost as baffling as the fact that horses are happy to live their lives around humans"
Anonymous

AllWeatherGal
Apr. 3, 2003, 12:08 PM
Oh My Gosh ... I forgot all about it til I read propspony's post.

I learned to ride in the U.K. and spent some time at the Yorkshire Riding School being the worst rider at the barn.

But it was okay, cuz after my lessons I'd sneak away to admire Wiley Trout. In true BNH style, his response to everything nice I had to say was simply to pin his ears and bare his teeth at me. I was too afraid to even give him the polos I brought.

Chris Bartle caught me once and offered to give them to the horse for me.

Woulda been cute if I had been 9 instead of 29.

Giddy-up
Apr. 3, 2003, 01:25 PM
Kachoo--OMG!! I am dying reading your stuff! That is awesome! Fart the horse, german dude. I love it!

Here's a GM one I have. As a pony rider back in the day at the Detroit shows, all us kids at the hotel were goofing around the pool & swimming. My younger horse clueless brother is with us. In thru the pool area walks GM! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Silence suddenly...until my brother runs up to him (recognizing him as a horse person due to the boots & breeches) and yells "Push them in, push them in!!!" GM simply smiled & kept walking, but I was mortified! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/dead.gif All the other girls are like "OMG, do you know who that was?". I wanted to drown, but my mother said he puts his pants on one leg at a time like everybody else. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

halfhalt
Apr. 3, 2003, 02:19 PM
Ainsley Vince at a food booth at the Toronto Winter Fair count? I didn't say anything to her of course but for what it's worth she didn't try to bump up the line and was very pleasant to the clerk. She also didn't talk loudly about her accomplishments the way some of the younger riders tended to do!

Second in-line encounter was for the portapotty at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg a few years back. Eric Lamaze appeared in full gear so naturally we let him go to the front of the line, lol! But my most annoying LaMaze story was when he took away a taxi I had hailed outside the Coliseum in Toronto (again, a Winter fair experience!) OK, to be fair, maybe he thought he had hailed it...


Only time i ever met a BNrider/trainer actually regarding a horse was Patty Stovel. She was very pleasant and more importantly than how she treated me, she treated our horse as if (at that moment) he was the most important critter she had ever laid eyes on... And when she rode him, he looked like the proverbial million bucks. What a horsewoman she is! Incredibly impressive rider.

I almost forgot. I also met Kachoo, and she is a total sweetheart. She counts for this thread as a BN of the future!!

doubletake
Apr. 3, 2003, 02:42 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tired and Irate:
On the REALLY embarassing contact:

I was at WIHS about six years ago and a friend of mine and I stopped at the video boot and a tape of Mark Leone's round was playing on the screen. This was the beginning of when he started to really pack on the exra weight. In one of my cattier moods I was going on and on about the amount of weight he had put on. The comment about how the Shamus that were used to hold up the SeaWorld jump were smaller than him had just escaped my mouth when I turned around to say "don't you agree?" when I realized I wasn't talking to my friend (who had wandered off in embarassment) it was Mark Leone standing there! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif Holy #@^*! That is terrifying to even think about!

Kachoo&gt; Your stories ALWAYS crack me up! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Peggy
Apr. 3, 2003, 02:45 PM
I "helped" Victor Hugo Vidal judge a costume class at our very local horse show. I had very little to do but laugh as he announced AND came up with first place prizes for each and every rider (best use of California theme, most tolerant horse…)

Gunter Seidel and the Browns were at a clinic at our barn (in Riverside) and needed to get to Moorpark afterwords. My trainer directed them to me (barn member who spends the most time on the freeway) and I spread my freeway map out on the hood of someone's expensive German automobile to give them directions.

My HJ trainer came out to help me warmup for cross country at an event. As we were leaving the warmup ring for me to go on course, Jill Walton came up to her to compliment my horse. Julie asked "who's that?" and nearly died when my mom said something to the effect that she was on the last Olympic team (this was shortly after the Barcelona games).

All in all, my encounters with BN types have mostly been pleasant. This goes across disciplines--HJ, eventing, dressage, driving.

kt-rose
Apr. 3, 2003, 02:59 PM
This is a great thread! I managed to totally humiliate myself years ago when I rode with Victor Hugo-Vidal back in the Cedar Lodge days -- does that make me feel old or what!! I was being an idiot in the schooling ring at one of the indoor shows and Victor is chewing me out like there is NO tomorrow and I am crying so when I turn my horse around to try again I walk on top of George Morris. Who isn't very happy with me either. Bad day!

Kate

Kachoo
Apr. 3, 2003, 03:28 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by halfhalt:
I almost forgot. I also met Kachoo, and she is a total sweetheart. She counts for this thread as a BN of the future!!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Aw, halfhalt, I just love you! Hey, did you get to Brandon this year? I would have liked to go, but school has basically grounded me for awhile.

Cheers,
Susie
http://www.kachoom.com

"That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson

Jaguar
Apr. 3, 2003, 04:26 PM
I remember talking with my trainer one day about my day's trips when another BNT came over to have a chat with my trainer. With her she brought her horse and asked if I could hold it while she went to talk to BNT. I did and petted, and played with the horse while she was gone, and gave it back when she came back to retrieve it. I remember looking at her with some familiarity and then passing back her horse and asking its name. The name was Monopoly. I felt stupid needless to say.
I should have recognized the BNT, but did not. Silly me!

A classic is something that everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read

Lost In Space
Apr. 3, 2003, 06:35 PM
I remember one our first experiences with a BNT, it was about 6 or 7 years ago after the Trader's Point GP. We were riding with a trainer who's husband is the show manager. We were packing up and some one came around with leftover cheescake offering everyone a piece. My 2 daughter's accepted the treat and sat a chatted with the person offering it. We talked to her about 15 minutes before someone came up and congratulated her on winning the GP, it was Laura Kraut! She was the nicest person to spend time with my kids. About 3 months later we went to Conyer's for my oldest daughter's first jumper show! Stabled right next to my daughter's horse was Joe Fargis' horse, he spoke to her every time he came into the barn area and asked how she was doing at the show. Another time in Cincy my youngest daughter got to ride with Bibi Farmer, it was pretty cool to have Don Stewart and Bibi standing at the in gate watching her rounds.

kileyc
Apr. 4, 2003, 08:20 AM
Kachoo, I love your website, it makes me very homesick!!! I grew up in Bragg Creek and rode at Spruce from age 11-20, back when it was just getting going, we were all volunteers back then. So when I was 16(1981-I am soo old!), the Tuesday before the Masters, I was running around the barn with my friends and got paged to the office, I went alone and Mrs Southern said,"April take one of the vans pull it around--you will be taking the French Team to Banff today"!!!! OMG, I died and went to HEAVEN! It was the BEST day of my life...excuse the spelling but... Giles Betrand de Belandes, Michelle Robert, and Frederic Cottier (who I fell madly in love with and stole his sweater) One of them, I can't remember who was terrified to go up the gondola, his teammates had to tackle and drag him up..he was practically crying the whole way! They bought me goofy souveniers and totally made fun of me. On sunday after the DuMaurier, there was another announcement over the loud speaker to return Frederick's sweater to the office (I was so sad)

Growing up at Spruce, I was lucky to meet lots of famous riders, but that was an experience I will never forget!

Medievalist
Apr. 4, 2003, 08:36 AM
HAHA! I can't believe you stole Frederic's sweater! That's so funny! He comes to school horses at our place sometimes. I'll have to ask him about his sweater someday http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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anthem35
Apr. 4, 2003, 08:53 AM
I've been waiting for the http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif moment for THIS tale...

GM Clinic, Hunterdon, Fall 2002

Soooo excited, I've read all his books, and know the word to every possible question...
Well prepared socially and academically, I grab the first chair in the clinic, right up front, and wait politely to be called on, after all, I had written my name in LARGE fonts on my tag...

Brrrr, its cold. I have a cooler on the metal chair, as well as one covering my shivering legs...I haven't moved in so long, I'm not sure my legs are attached, but I'm listening attentitively, hanging on every word the master has. Finally, he turns around to set jumps, here is my chance to re-arrange my seating area, the cooler on the bottom has fallen on the dirt, and my butt is now f-f-f-freezing.
As quietly as you can imagine, I turn around, and pull the cooler off the ground, and carefully place it on my chair, and go to sit down. Uh-oh, the chair has now folded up in the meantime...CRASH!!!! from standing height, to the ground, I wipe-out completely,taking down a flower box with me.
So, there I am, in the dirt, unable to move since GM has now turned around to see what caused me to fall completely off my chair, with no help from anyone else. I am paralyzed by his glare, and unable to move, for approx the 10 longest seconds of my life. Covered in dirt. My low-rise jeans have now a 'dirt valley' running down the 'middle'.
Thankfully, he turned away, and allowed to to try to regain myself and what was left of my dignity.
This, after 4 hours of silence during his teachings, was followed by a hysterical giggling fit everytime a horse went by and farted. Everytime. and I'm a grown up. Supposedly.
So, for all the time I wondered what would happen in you fell off in a clinic with GM, I never assumed it would be me, from a chair.

kileyc
Apr. 4, 2003, 09:02 AM
ACK!! Medievelist, how embarrassing, now that I am all grown up(sort of)! I would be dying to know if he remembers going to Banff with the DINGBAT, STARSTUCK teenage girl!!!! Is he still as hansome as he was when I was 16--that is 22 years ago!! He may be a grandpa now...

Medievalist
Apr. 4, 2003, 09:15 AM
LOL. He's still pretty attractive. He has a cute kid that he brought over to our schooling show a couple weeks ago. She was riding this fabulous older packer of his.

Don't worry. I won't embarass you http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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sylvan farm
Apr. 4, 2003, 09:37 AM
This is a great thread, what fun to read. I have two stories:

This was about 20 years ago, when 4 of us decided to take a couple of jumpers and a hunter to Spruce Meadows. We were soooo green, and just decided to go on a 'wing and a prayer'. Their were the two owners, I went as a groom and our rider/driver/general dog's body was a young New Zealander just arrived in the US. A Bay Meadows race horse owner said we could use his 6 horse if we took three of his race horses with us. So we drove this 'OLD' rig that broke down 4 times and only did 35 mph on any incline - it took 42 hours to get to Spruce! Hey, we were young; it was an adventure. Upon arrival we are stabled at the end of a row with the most organized, beautiful barn occupying the rest of the aisle. We must have looked like hay-seeds, didn't know the ropes, or where to buy feed/shavings etc. The help at this barn just took us over - what incredibly nice people. They even made sure we left early enough to make it to the outlying rings. Constantly moving among the help, with a good word to everyone (no snapping, temper tantrums etc) was BNT, altho we didn't know who he was. He spoke to us often asking how it was going, he took his crew out for pizza. This super guy was Ian Millar - what a class act.
As for us, we did just fine with their help, our hunter just missed being reserve champion and went on to be one of the top open hunters in the US; one of the jumpers went on to become a well respected Grand Prix horse in the 80's in CA, and our young New Zealander was none other than Duncan McFarland!

The other memorable encounter was when I first met Hap Hansen at Indio. Here I was a reasonably successful breeder from the PNW, but unknown in So. CA. I had decided I would like Hap to ride some of my young horses. So I approached him in front of his tent, probably the morning after the famous week 5 Thurs. night party (OMG!). Well, he just looks at me with this withering stare, like what rock had I just hopped out from under. I was truly intimidated. It was a very inauspicious beginning.

A few months later, a BN show mgr sees one of my jumpers and says, Hap needs to be riding that horse. I explained what had happend, she says 'I'll call him'. Well,long story short: he flies up, likes the horse, and we have now worked together for a few years. He is, aside from an outstanding rider, a great all-round horseman and a complete professional to work with. I can't say enough good things about working with him - haven't met very many professionals like him (okay, Joe Fargis was great also).

Thanks for letting me share. Keep these stories coming...

JUdy

tidy rabbit
Apr. 4, 2003, 10:04 AM
Oh my god. This is so funny. I love reading these as it makes my little indescretions feel not SO hugely embarassing.

Once I said something stupid to Linda Allen at a course designing clinic. I think I beat myself up for it the rest of the clinic (another 2 days as the stupid comment was on day one).

I just called a BNT yesterday to find out about getting some help and broke a cold sweat, which is silly because I'm seeking to hire the BNT, not the other way around.

I tried to be real cool as a 14 y.o. at a horse show talking to Clint Eastwood. He said his daughter's "horse was the most beautiful" and I in my infinate wisdom of 14 years, I said "All the parents say that about their kids horses!" What precocious brat I was!

I think my mom has it figured out best: "I'll talk quietly and smile. Then all these hot shots wont know I don't know anything." It seems to work for her! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Can hard work and good coaching bring greater rewards then raw talent?

tidy rabbit
Apr. 4, 2003, 10:17 AM
Oh yeah one more slightly embarassing moment, in Vegas in 2000 for the World Cup, I met the Publisher of this fine magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse, and I said "So, um, do you ride?" Dahh....

Can hard work and good coaching bring greater rewards then raw talent?

plottwist
Apr. 4, 2003, 10:57 AM
I got a phone call from my friend (now best friend) begging me to help her family out. They were stuck showing at WEF (stuck ha ha) and one of the stay at home barn help left without notice would I mind filling in a few days a week until they came home. No problem, I thought, I knew my way around since I had filled in a little over the summer and I knew what to expect, or so I thought. Keep in mind I had never met her parents. So during the break between WEF and Tampa her dad flies home to check up on everything, unbeknownst to me. Also, I had time to help out since I was a new stay at home mom, wasn't working a "real job", and hadn't done much riding lately. In he walks and so now I'm tongue tied and shyly say hi. He says go tack up so and so and meet me in the indoor. Gulp. Never ridden this new horse in for training,and wasn't riding fit. Gulp again! Plus, I was used to a trainer that told you what to do, when and how, and would talk while you were doing it. So, I get on and start to hack. Silence. "Jump this". My mind spins, and questions fly out of my mouth. Which way, how fast,etc. "Jump the jump!" Yikes. Start jumping the little crossrail in a figure eight. Silence. Now I'm trying to guess if I'm doing this correctly. Silence. I keep jumping. Silence. I'm sucking wind big time. Silence. I keep jumping. Silence. Sweating profusely. Silence. I keep jumping. "ok, stop. Go get so and so". And same happens for next horse....and nothing else said all day except "bye".

Anyway, I get home and call my friend and scold her for not telling me her dad was coming home, that I could have used a heads up. So I asked if he said anyting. "No, did you get yelled at"....well, no...."then you did great".

I have learned so much since that day. Especially how to be an independent rider.
Thanks Frank Chapot!

SteadyPace
Apr. 4, 2003, 11:26 AM
PlotTwist - http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif
I would have DIED. Obviously you impressed him though. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

"Friends don't let friends reply to all"

doubletake
Apr. 4, 2003, 12:07 PM
PlotTwist&gt; that's a really cool story!

plottwist
Apr. 4, 2003, 12:08 PM
I wouldn't say I impressed him. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

It was more like "she's ok and isn't gonna mess anyone's training up that much." http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

flshgordon
Apr. 4, 2003, 12:21 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Gayle:
A good friend went to audit a GM clinic and I went to watch. So I brought along my copy of his book American Jumping Style or something like that. At the end of the day he was standing there talking and answering questions and I asked if he would sign it.

GM: Sure, what's your name.

Me: Gayle

GM: How do you spell that?

Me: G a-y-l-e.

GM: Oh, that's different.

He signs and I go maybe 10 feet around the corner and my friend looks and starts laughing. It says To Ayle, something about style and good luck with your riding. GM

Not realizing he is still only about 10 feet away she says to go tell him it's wrong and ask him to fix it. I said "NO WAY, I am not telling GM he is wrong! YOU go tell GM he is wrong. I am going home to check my birth certificate and see if I have been spelling my name wrong for the last 3hmmgf years!" We heard roaring laughter, looked around the corner and there he was.

Since he appears to remember everything if I ever get the chance to ride with him like I would like I am sure he will bring that up.

"I drank what?" Socrates<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

GAYLE---I am wiping up the water I just spit on my desk from laughing so hard....checking your birth certificate....lol

***HOORAY--it's a filly!!!!***

wimbsy
Apr. 4, 2003, 01:51 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif When I was selling my backyard, ex-school horse, "Children's Hunter"... my coach at the time said that "Wayne" (aka Wayne McLellan)likes my type of horse.... (when you're 17, that's a big deal... as he is one of the top trainers in Canada.)

Anywho... saw him at a clinic 2 months after sending him a video, asked if he got it... he said ya... and that he didn't have anyone looking for my type of horse at the time. No big deal, at least he remembered my horse!!!

Anywho... 2 months after THAT (horse was sold), he called my house while I was at work!

Asked my sister if "The Paint" was still available.... she said, nope, he was gone a long time ago! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I thought it was cool that he called my house!

To us in the hunter/jumper world, it's like a celebrity calling you! HA HA http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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DCRiotGrrl
Apr. 4, 2003, 04:40 PM
George Morris does an annual clinic at my barn and one day he called while I was working to talk to my boss and I picked up the phone. Well, I'd been riding hunters for *maybe* three months at that point (before I'd been doing western pleasure) and I had no clue who he was... so I answered "Thanks for calling, how may I help you, blah blah blah" And he asks if he may speak to my boss and I was like "She's working with a client, may I have her call you back?" And he says in a very matter-of-fact, you-should-know-who-this-is tone "This is George Morris"... and then he didn't say anything else and I was sooo confused... and all I could say was a long, drawn out "ooookay". And that was pretty much the end of the conversation. It was so strange. Hahaha.

*************************
DCRiotGrrl

GatoGordo
Apr. 4, 2003, 05:21 PM
OK, I am now holding you guys officially responsible for cleaning off my monitor. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif That said, my only contact ever with a BNT was auditing a Denny Emerson clinic in MD in 2001. I was very impressed with how he treated the riders and the horses. Ah well, I am still young, and I seem to have a case of hereditary foot-in-mouth disease. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif Check back in a few years.

Life is short; make fun of it.

Gayle
Apr. 4, 2003, 05:44 PM
Fishgordon: you are welcome! Needless to say I avoid telling him my name on those rare occasions when I get to talk to him.

Here is one that happened to a former barnmate that I capitalized on:

She lived in New York not far from Peter Leone's barn Lionshare. Her horse was in VA but she wanted to ride so she called Lionshare. A nice person answered the phone and explained that they really didn't do lessons but since they knew the trainers she had her horse with they would make an exception and work it out for her. She rambled on endlessly for about 20 minutes and when the conversation finally comes to a close she says "I'm sorry, I didn't get your name". Oh, my name is PETER LEONE. After Jenny got over her stunned reaction the only thing she could say was "the famous Peter Leone?" He just laughed and said I think so.

Fast forward about three weeks and he calls the barn in Virginia to talk to the trainers. Now they were off to a show a few hours earlier. The caller ID said Lionshare so we answered it figuring they were expecting the call. Nice man on other end asks for trainers. I explain that they just left for the horse show. Can I give them a message? "Yes, have them call Peter Leone." At this point I couldn't resist and said: "I know someone from here already asked you but is this the FAMOUS Peter Leone?" He laughed and said "I am not sure but it is the one who rides horses". Needless to say Jenny didn't think it was near as funny as Peter, the rest of the barn, and I did.

"I drank what?" Socrates

PurpleMegan
Apr. 4, 2003, 06:15 PM
Ohmigosh in November I did a clinic with Anne Kursinski (*gasp!*). On the second day of the three-day clinic, my dear horse was being an utter moron, not listening to me at all. Anne decided she would hop on him and show me the appropriate equitation (since that's my thing anyway)

Not ONLY was she riding MY very own horse BUT...

I gave her a leg up!!!!! *faints and dies* It was a really interesting leg up, because I'm not exactly the strongest person, but I try. She recommended I look at the 'strength training' program they had since it was a clinic, and they had all this extra stuff. The second day she was bad, but the third day was *excellent*. She was quite happy with how I rode, and signed my book: "Be the best!"

It was really cool!

~megan

Gallop On
Apr. 4, 2003, 06:19 PM
I have no run-ins with BNTs unless I am doing a clinic, and then it's anything goes.
Priceless moments:
"You are UNSAFE! You are going to DIE!" Karen O'Connor (on video, unfortunately)
"Your horse is a very good jumper but you must ride him." Bruce Davidson
"When I first saw you canter, I thought to myself, 'This is really going to be dreadful!'" Sally O'Connor
Needless to say, I keep pretty much to myself, seen and not heard . . . .

SBT
Apr. 4, 2003, 07:26 PM
OMG, ANTHEM35!!!
I was sitting RIGHT BEHIND YOU when that happened! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif I saw you stand up, saw the chair fold up, thought to myself, "OMG, she's gonna fall," and by the time the thought cleared my head and I was about to say something, you had already sat down. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

(I was wearing the bluish-purple microfleece top, had short hair, and a little yellow notebook, and I myself was wrapped in a navy blue cooler.)

I felt SOOOO BAD, not just that you fell straight on your ass (OW!) but because I didn't stop you quick enough. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif

However, I DID see the LOOK GM gave you...that was utterly priceless! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif I was so glad he chose not to say anything at all. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

BTW, I am also a "grown-up," and I was giggling at all the horse farts, too. You were not alone! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Let me take this opportunity to formally apologize for being too slow on the uptake to have stopped you from falling. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

~Sara
*Member of the Dirt Divers 78th Airborne Unit, ATH Squadron*
*T-Minus 3 Weeks Until My Beval Devon Arrives!*

lindz
Apr. 4, 2003, 09:38 PM
A well known Canadian GP rider used to ride one of our hunters in the first years. One of our groom's (for privacy's sake, we'll call her Jen) worked with this horse a lot so she got to know this rider quite well. This rider is such a gentlemen and has quite a sense of humour. Anyway, Jen was heading off to the porta-potty and opened the door....SURPRISE! Said GP rider was in there and yelled "HI JEN!!!!"
I've never seen her go so red!!!e

easyjumper1
Apr. 5, 2003, 02:33 AM
Great stories everyone!

I can't say I met any well known riders, but I almost ran into Marcus Merschformann at the European Championships, was in the same "check out line" when Markus Beerbaum was buying an umbrella at Aachen (he's so adorable for some reason http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif ). And also when I was like 8 my dad tried to get me to ask for an autograph from Franke Sloothaak and Ludger Beerbaum who were sitting at a table in one of the little restaurants at Valkenswaard, but I chickened out, didn't speak a word of German either http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif .
My parents met Hugo Simon and Franke Sloothaak though, they said they were very nice.

Kachoo
Apr. 5, 2003, 07:31 AM
easyjumper - everyone I've talked to who's met him has claimed that Franke Sloothaak is amazingly nice. One friend even went so far as to rave, "He just radiates kindness!" I'd love to meet him.

You reminded me of the time I was sitting by the rider's stand at Spruce with my enormous superzoom lens. My dad was with me, and suddenly, we spotted both Markus and Ludger standing together and talking. My dad was like, "Quick, get a picture!" Just as I was aligning my camera, he decided that it would be even better if they looked up in my direction at that moment, and SCREAMED, "MARKUS! LUDGER! OI!!!" They looked up to see who the crazy person was, and there was me, with my huuuuuge camera. I was so embarrassed that I didn't even snap the shot. Fortunately, my face was quite hidden, but I felt like some kind of psycho member of the paparrazi.

I think Markus Beerbaum is cute too, but not nearly as adorable as Toni Hassmann (plus, I just learned that if you visit Toni's site at http://www.toni-hassmann.de, there's this awesome photo of him on a bucking horse, and he looks so beautifully balanced and lovely) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif!

Cheers,
Susie
http://www.kachoom.com

"That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!" ~Homer Simpson

[This message was edited by Kachoo on Apr. 05, 2003 at 03:09 PM.]

readinglady
Apr. 5, 2003, 08:02 AM
When we first moved our ponies out to Jersey we had a funny encounter. We always drove this back road to get to Route 202. Along that road was a farm with wonderful jumps set up in a field and beautiful horses in a pasture. My friend was looking for a bay horse, TB and we always saw a lovely mare in the pasture. One day I got tired of her saying how perfect that one would be so I turned into the driveway. We asked someone if they knew if the mare was for sale and she was. Perfect we thought. The mare belonged to a gal that worked there but she wasn't there. They said to call tomorrow when she would be there and gave us the card. My friend nearly fell on the floor when she read the name - Chapot. We laughed all the way home!

Trixie
Apr. 5, 2003, 09:44 AM
I have less embarrassing experiences with BNT's as I do with rock stars... working for a newspaper, the first show I ever covered was of an up and coming band that was getting very well known on the East Coast. I was offered an interview with their lead singer and freaked, but of course took it. It was awkward for the first part of the conversation but then it got better.
I showed up at their show to be informed that I was not on the guest list, and no, the jerk at the door of the big club it was at would not check the guest list for the next night (2 night engagement). I did not have my government press pass at the time, so I tried calling the booker, which didn't work, it being late and all.
My brother's girlfriend found the solution. Holding my article she walked up and goes "If you don't believe us, call the band. She interviewed the singer, call them and see." The guy snarled at her but actually called backstage where the lead singer admonished him to "for god's sake, let her in! Don't be a jerk!"

Charisma
Apr. 5, 2003, 11:41 AM
I met Michael Poulin at a clinic in Wisconsin years back. I audited the clinic, and he was so wonderful. He was so nice, honest and direct. He was wearing his Olympic jacket and I thought "that is so cool!!" He was one of the best clincis I have ever audited.

At the clinic there was a girl who lunged her horse first with side reins, and when she started to mount with the side reins still on he went a little nuts...telling her that she and anyone else should not EVER ride with side reins "You will be killed, it is very dangerous." I will never forget that.

I have never rode with side reins....and never will!!

Years ago I used to ride at a Grand Prix/A barn in Wisconsin, with Donald and Richard Cheska's brother. Richard Cheska would often be in the ring while I was taking lessons, I always knew that I would be given a double lesson, because Richard would chime in. One day my horse was being bad, and he made me jump all these fences from a walk...big ones too! It was a great learing experience. It did wonders for my confidence. Richard and Donald were always nice to me, and kidded around with me. I will see Richard on TV riding in a GP and think how cool it is that I actually knew a GP rider.

easyjumper1
Apr. 5, 2003, 11:51 AM
kachoo- lol! Yup, Franke Sloothaak's nickname is "Sunny Boy" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif And OMG! That's so embarrassing! But very funny http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

I agree, Toni Hassmann is a lovely rider! I think it's http://www.toni-hassmann.de (damn those extra n's and f's and s's those Germans seem to think necessary http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ) They interview Toni Hassmann all the time when there's showjumping on tv. My sister has to remind me to stop slobbering over the tv every time, not a pretty sight http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif He's going to Las Vegas too (hurray!)!

When my parents dragged me off to Hamburg ( the derby) when I was 7 or 8 I think, I was walking around the shops on my own. And suddenly a German tv crew came and some woman started babbling at me in German (of course I didn't understand a word of it then), so by the time she stopped talking she naturally expected an answer from me. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif I was so stunned I didn't know what to say http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Very much like a cat in the head lights of a car http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif Luckily my sister saw me standing there and saved me http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Natalie
Apr. 5, 2003, 12:04 PM
At the Horse Expo a couple years ago, they had the O'Conners, Alison Firestone, Beezie Madden, and Phillip Dutton speak and then sign autographs. Of course I waited like an hour so I could get one from each of them. I remember the O'Conners being by far the nicest and most personable...Karen even asked me if she could call me "Nat" after I told her my name! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif

~Natalie
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
- Albert Einstein

SBT
Apr. 5, 2003, 06:13 PM
Kachoo, thank you for adding your hilarious stories! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I LOVE the "I'd name my horse Fart" one. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif You realize, of course, that you've probably given poor GM a few more gray hairs. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Honestly, I like EVERYBODY'S stories. It makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only foot-in-mouth person around here! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

I have one to add, involving a local BNT. Last summer, my new barn search was in high gear, and I thought I'd try this woman's program. It took me longer to set up a lesson with her than it did with GM! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif So I finally arrive on a brutally hot, humid evening for a lesson. I am given a smallish TB gelding named "Angel," who had recently returned from being on trial...but didn't sell. That fact (plus his auspicious name) made me a little leery of him from the start. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Anyway, my lesson was going fairly well, despite the fact that "Angel" moved like a jackhammer behind. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif It was so friggin' hot that I was sweating bullets and huffing and puffing and (at one point) even feeling faint. Yet I pressed on. Just when things seemed to be going well, I heard that horrid low buzzing...and sure enough a HUGE horsefly landed squarely on Angel's butt. This little horse let out several HUGE bucks, yet I somehow managed to stay on. A few minutes later, the fly was back...more bucking ensued. Throughout the lesson, I miraculously managed to stay on the back of this madly bucking horse. The trainer was almost TOO calm for my liking, and during one bucking fit told me, "Reach behind the saddle and swat it off!" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif With what, my third arm? http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/dead.gif At last she said, "Wow, you have a REALLY good seat." Despite the state I was in, I was thrilled by that comment! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I ended up not choosing that barn because it was too much of a drive...but talk about an acid test for a first lesson! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

In so many of these embarrassing situations, you have to laugh or cry. As soon as I get over WANTING to cry, I laugh. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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*stellar*
Apr. 5, 2003, 07:51 PM
My first contact with a BNT was kinda berve racking, but she was so super nice. I went with a friend who worked for her to a show. She was very ncie and down to earth and even told me she liked my name. I wish i had idolzed her more before then, i would have been really starstruck!

Roisin
Apr. 5, 2003, 08:12 PM
Mine is more of a "BNH" story...

Many moons ago riding with Cheska's and showing at the MN Fall Charity Show, my ammy horse got to be a stand-in for Ruxton (both bays with little/no white). Ellen had already put Ruxton up for the day, but was supposed to put in an appearance at some championship presentation thingy. My horse was still up by the ring, so he got to parade around the ring and be Ruxton for 10 minutes! We all got quite a kick out of it...especially when the announcer gushed to Ellen about what a gorgeous horse he was!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif She just smiled and said "thanks". My boy actually was a handsome bugger and a wonderful horse even if he wasn't Ruxton! I wish I had one just like him now.

Lord Helpus
Apr. 5, 2003, 08:34 PM
Many years ago, in the early 80's I was showing in WPB and met and started dating GM's brother, Whitney. He does not ride and my meeting him had nothing to do with horses. In fact, he stays away from shows because he said that GM does not like his family to be around when he is teaching or riding.

After several weeks, the circuit moved on to Tampa and Whitney comes to see me for several days. One day he comes out to the show to watch me ride and says that George will probably be pi@@ed if he finds out that Whitney is at the show. I assure him that the grounds are large and we can "hide out" from GM and that GM will never know he is there.

Guess who is the first person we come across when we walk onto the grounds? GM.

Whitney leaves later that day and the next day I am waiting at the in-gate for my A/O round. GM is also at the in-gate coaching a customer named Martha Wachtel. As she comes out of the ring and I pick up my reins to go in, GM says in his very GM'erly voice:

So, Pam, is my brother GOOD in bed?"

I, of course, chip in at the first fence (as he intended...)

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chicadee411
Apr. 5, 2003, 09:09 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Lord Helpus:
Many years ago, in the early 80's I was showing in WPB and met and started dating GM's brother, Whitney. He does not ride and my meeting him had nothing to do with horses. In fact, he stays away from shows because he said that GM does not like his family to be around when he is teaching or riding.

After several weeks, the circuit moved on to Tampa and Whitney comes to see me for several days. One day he comes out to the show to watch me ride and says that George will probably be pi@@ed if he finds out that Whitney is at the show. I assure him that the grounds are large and we can "hide out" from GM and that GM will never know he is there.

Guess who is the first person we come across when we walk onto the grounds? GM.

Whitney leaves later that day and the next day I am waiting at the in-gate for my A/O round. GM is also at the in-gate coaching a customer named Martha Wachtel. As she comes out of the ring and I pick up my reins to go in, GM says in his very GM'erly voice:

So, Pam, is my brother GOOD in bed?"

I, of course, chip in at the first fence (as he intended...)

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OMG http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif THAT is truly the best...I really thin I would have died, or told him off, but then again, its GM!!! Too funny...that made my day!

FrenchFrytheEqHorse
Apr. 5, 2003, 09:55 PM
this summer in culpeper, i was nervously pacing behind the vet tent while fry got his hocks done (i dont watch because i feel sorry for him) and a man on a cute chestnut horse walks up and says "do you mind holding my horse for a minute, i have to ask the vet a question" so i said sure, stood there for a few minutes with the polite horse, man comes back, asks if i will hold horse while he gets on, then walks away. At this point, the vet brings my horse to me and says, "Oh, it was nice of you to hold Todd's horse for him." I say "Who's??" And vet says "That was Todd Minikus and Oh Star"...I had to ride up to the barn in the golf cart because i was so light headed....

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LostMySock515
Apr. 6, 2003, 05:20 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by FrenchFrytheEqHorse:
this summer in culpeper, i was nervously pacing behind the vet tent while fry got his hocks done (i dont watch because i feel sorry for him) and a man on a cute chestnut horse walks up and says "do you mind holding my horse for a minute, i have to ask the vet a question" so i said sure, stood there for a few minutes with the polite horse, man comes back, asks if i will hold horse while he gets on, then walks away. At this point, the vet brings my horse to me and says, "Oh, it was nice of you to hold Todd's horse for him." I say "Who's??" And vet says "That was Todd Minikus and Oh Star"...I had to ride up to the barn in the golf cart because i was so light headed....

Meet the Press "french fry"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

OMG!!! You LUCKY thing!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I would have killed to do that...hehe. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif The first time i met Todd at Equine Affaire (my friends were talking to him about training), i could barely talk....hehe

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Midge
Apr. 6, 2003, 04:37 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by halfhalt:Only time i ever met a BNrider/trainer actually regarding a horse was Patty Stovel. She was very pleasant and more importantly than how she treated me, she treated our horse as if (at that moment) he was the most important critter she had ever laid eyes on... And when she rode him, he looked like the proverbial million bucks. What a horsewoman she is! Incredibly impressive rider.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Patty and I once worked for the same BNT a million years ago. She was the rider and I was the lesson/B circuit instructor. I went to a GM clinic and spoke with him afterwards. He said, 'You can learn a lot from Patty. She is a great horseman. BNT not so much, but Patty definitely!' Oh, how I wanted to repeat that story to BNT!!!

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SBT
Apr. 6, 2003, 04:56 PM
LORD HELPUS...

I would have positively DIED!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif And I'll bet GM said what he said LOUDLY enough for all to hear! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Honestly, I never knew GM had a brother. A sister, yes (whose evil little pony bucked him off rather routinely http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ). I wonder why GM doesn't want his family to see him in action.

But what I REALLY want to know is this: What did GM say when he ran into you and his bro? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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nyc_rider
Apr. 6, 2003, 08:10 PM
After this encounter with a group of BNTs I am still unable to rid myself of the taste of shoe leather...

Scene: Friday morning WEF Jumper weekend 2002
COTH BB Members: nyc_rider & nycgirl walking around, gaping at and coveting everything. nyc_rider still on a high after McLain Ward waves at her and acknowledges her insignificant existence.

Chris Kappler waves at us and introduces Todd Minikus.

nycgirl is totally smooth and friendly.
nyc_rider: WOW!!!Sogreattomeetyou.you'resoawesome.congratulat ionsonagreatyear. (breathes and grasps for something coherent to say) Gosh you're so tan. Do you use sunblock?
Chris Kappler: chortle
Todd: AAhhh...
Margie Goldstein-Engle: Yeah Todd where's your sunblock?
nyc_rider: (where can I go die??) http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/dead.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Luckily nycgirl said something about the heat and humidity affecting my brain and dragged me away before I could think of more things to say. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/dead.gif

sbt78lw - When I finally got up enough courage to call Hunterdon, I dialed and hung up 3 times. When GM picked up the phone, what do I say, but "It's you!!" oh yeaah, I'm real smooth http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

1-800-Dial-A-Distance
Apr. 7, 2003, 05:44 AM
Go to show to meet up with fairly BNT who I have never previously met. Get there, find out where he is stabled. Go to pull up. Bear in mind, 18 years old, by myself, ten hours from home, freshman, been in KY for less than three weeks. Nervous as hell. Go to pull up to barn, can't make turn, too tight for gooseneck...

Have to get cars moved, spend half an hour backing and forthing. Drawing a crowd. Finally get out and oh, yes, BNT is standing in the crowd. Bless his heart he tries not to laugh. Then we discover that I have to go back to the other side of the barn, where I had been...

Then I babbled for at least fifteen minutes. Not a clue what I said...

1-800

"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats."

"Betwixt the stirrup and the ground, mercy I asked and mercy I found."

Magnolia
Apr. 7, 2003, 06:23 AM
My first "BNT" (Nick Larkin) was hired by the barn I ride at. They told me he had won Rolex! Being an eventer newbie, I was all in awe....
Of course, my large dog, being the nuisance that he is decided to greet Nick by jumping up and licking on him.... I of course was mortified.
Luckily, Nick was exceedingly friendly and down to earth. He loved to wrestle my dog and drag him around.
The funniest was his Rolex winning horse Red. It was the quietest most unassuming sweet horse I ever saw. He reminded me of somebody's sweet school horse.

The witchy witch witch of south central NC.

Midge
Apr. 7, 2003, 06:56 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 1-800-Dial-A-Distance: Nervous as hell. Go to pull up to barn, can't make turn, too tight for gooseneck...

Have to get cars moved, spend half an hour backing and forthing. Drawing a crowd. Finally get out and oh, yes, BNT is standing in the crowd. Bless his heart he tries not to laugh. Then we discover that I have to go back to the other side of the barn, where I had been... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Was this at KHP? Those barns have been hit by trailers more than trailer parks are hit by tornadoes. All those people were standing around, grateful to you for showing them they aren't the only ones.

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Gravie
Apr. 7, 2003, 01:17 PM
For three summers or so in a row, my Mom and I always make it down to the two big hunter/jumper shows here in Oregon: the Hood River Classic, and the Country Classic. We'd gone to HR a few weeks earlier, and then I took a friend to CC.

All three of us were wandering the grounds, and my Mom's like telling us to eye for BNRs and BNTs. She's like, "Oh! I think that's Richard Spooner, guys! Go get a closer look!" and I felt like we were stalking this rider (and a few others) from a distance to see if it was him. We never actually metmet him, but my Mom had her Practical Horseman magazine in hand, the issue with his photo on the cover. And so she's convinced we saw him, but, yeah. ^_^

We saw a few other celebs., but just watched them ride. And GM himself was judging a few of the classes. Too intimidated to talk to him; I didn't even bring my HunterSeat Eq. book for him to sign, which I regret now. ^_^

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GangGreen
Apr. 7, 2003, 01:45 PM
Well last year at HITS my stalls were right next to McClain Wards. The cops had set up a radar trap right near the showgrounds and they pulled over alot of people for speeding. When my dad and I got to the show McClain got out of his car and was holding a ticket and shaking his head. My dad, who is most definately not a horse person and has not a clue 'who is who' goes right up to him and starts talking to him, saying "Oh they got you! They almost got me too but I had a radar detector and slowed down just in time..." All the while I'm hiding behind my barns banner laughing hysterically. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

halfhalt
Apr. 7, 2003, 01:51 PM
Now I am madly trying to figure out whom you both worked for, lol. Don't worry, i will never know!ˆ

Ghazzu
Apr. 7, 2003, 02:29 PM
Re: 'horse named "Fart"...'

There was an imported Arabian stallion with that moniker in the eighties, IIRC.
They did change the name when they transferred his registration to the AHRA studbook.

Unashamed member of the Arab clique...just settin' on the Group W bench.

Kinsella
Apr. 14, 2003, 06:11 PM
I actually just had a BNR moment... I went with a friend to look at a pony she may breed her mare to. Well, this adorable little welsh stallion is the teaser on a local TB farm. We take a jump with us - they didn't have any - and turn cute boy out in a paddock, set up jump and start letting him trot over poles... So, barn manager and wife are there (heard about pony through wife). Well, as we start jumping the pony, two women and a man walk down from the "big house" (you know, large, beautiful owner's home...) to watch. We finish with the pony (she is going to breed to him http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ). and walk to the rail. Manager's wife proceeds to introduce us to Mrs. X, Mrs. Y, and Mrs. Y's son-in-law Michael Matz. I mumbled hello, nice to meet you, and discovered you actually can live through a heart attack! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif The girl I was with? Not a clue - she couldn't have cared less. So now I have to go find old videos to show her!! Sigh. Of all the people I have met and worked with, both in horses and in film, he has always been one of the people I respected and admired the most. And he is such a nice man! Sigh... I so wish he was still doing the jumpers!

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Apr. 30, 2003, 05:46 PM
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FrenchFrytheEqHorse
Apr. 30, 2003, 08:09 PM
ahhh i set jumps for joe fargis at culpeper one day 2 weeks ago...talk about scary!! YOU HAVE TO BE SOOOOO FAST and for some reason, my hands were shaking....verrryyy scary!

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MistyBlue
Apr. 30, 2003, 09:19 PM
Not that it's much of a story...but years ago at a show I had been trying desperately to meet my "hero" Margie. But I didn't want to look like a goofball and say something dumb or look too eager, so I was very 'casually' trying to get near enough to her. Never even got close. Tried to shrug it off and went to a concession stand for a drink. As I'm standing in line, Margie walks up behind me. I take a deep breath, turn around and deliver my pre-rehearsed speech. What came out was the most mortifyingly pathetic babbling you've ever heard. I introduced myself as her name to her...then changed it to my name...told her how much I enjoyed watching how competitive she is while she rode MY horse (huh?)...then I pointed out to her that I was short too. (yeah, not obvious nor relevant) She was very nice, smiled sweetly and thanked me. I'm sure she thought I had sunstroke at the least...I was embarassed for eons afterwards.