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Fantastic
Jan. 6, 2011, 11:08 AM
http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2011/01/05/hubertus-schmidt-sells-donnelly-usa

Holy Mac! We are fortunate to have this horse, Donnelly, come to our country! Any speculations as to who the rider is? My quess is: Robert Dover (yes, you heard that right), or Guenter Seidel. Donnelly is an 8 yr old gelding by Donnerruf x Athletico.

nhwr
Jan. 6, 2011, 11:18 AM
Best wishes to his family.

rprincess73
Jan. 6, 2011, 11:42 AM
My prayers go out to his family.

BetterOffRed
Jan. 6, 2011, 11:48 AM
http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2011/01/05/hubertus-schmidt-sells-donnelly-usa

Holy Mac! We are fortunate to have this horse, Donnelly, come to our country! Any speculations as to who the rider is? My quess is: Robert Dover (yes, you heard that right), or Guenter Seidel. Donnelly is an 8 yr old gelding by Donnerruf x Athletico.


It is a shame that this is happening because of an illness in his family...but it says something about Mr. Schmidt that he puts his family first. But he sounds very settled about the decision, and still has many up and coming horses to choose from.


I wonder if Donnelly is going to Michelle Gibson's barn. I know that Mr. Schmidt clinics at her barn in FLA during the winter season.

Joanne
Jan. 6, 2011, 02:02 PM
I'll bet Honeylips knows.

dwblover
Jan. 6, 2011, 02:46 PM
I was very sad to hear he had to sell this horse due to family illness. Best wishes to him! It is exciting to have such a nice horse in the US, I also wonder who he was sold to?

Kareen
Jan. 6, 2011, 02:48 PM
On the horsegate forum someone was speculating about Courtney King-Dye getting the ride? Would be a typical decision for Hubertus Schmidt. He is known to be very reasonable and down to earth. I admire his riding and hope for a new superstar to come his way. Best of luck for both his family and the new owners of Donnelly who was born local to where we are! Lovely horse. I'm sure he'll be a delight to ride for whoever gets to ride him :)

netg
Jan. 6, 2011, 10:58 PM
How horrible to have to make that decision, yet it sounds as if it were a complete no-brainer when it came to it.

As much as I adore my horse and have no intention of ever selling him, if it were for the good of one of my human family members and selling him could in some way help, I clearly would.

I hope whoever the new rider is does well, and that this family illness ends up not as tragic as I tend to fear when I read something like that.

Classical DQ
Jan. 7, 2011, 09:03 AM
I have followed Hubertus career for MANY years and he has yet to disappoint me! I am so sorry that he has had to make this difficult decision. He has always known what was most important and in life and has conducted himself with integrity! I will keep him and his family in my prayers!

Don Raphaelo Rollkurista
Jan. 7, 2011, 11:20 AM
With such a name it must be a fine horse!

honeylips
Jan. 7, 2011, 12:06 PM
I'll bet Honeylips knows.

Yes.
It's not Courtney.

Arizona DQ
Jan. 7, 2011, 01:18 PM
"Of course I'll keep London as my primary goal." To the German newspaper Ahlener News, Hubertus added, "it would be nice if it were to work, but if not, it won't be the end of the world."

That says it all. Even someone as talented as Schmidt knows that this is not "the end of the world" and there are things more important than competing, regardless of the level.... I sure hope things turn out well for him.:)

ToN Farm
Jan. 7, 2011, 01:56 PM
What is the point to keeping the buyer's name private? We are all going to find out eventually. I don't get it.

If I had to guess, I'd say he sold him to Parra.

mickeydoodle
Jan. 7, 2011, 02:13 PM
I would guess Parra too

Kareen
Jan. 7, 2011, 02:16 PM
Ick :(

puddytat
Jan. 7, 2011, 03:04 PM
A Guess: Cherry Knoll Farm?

ise@ssl
Jan. 7, 2011, 03:22 PM
Ditto on the Ick.

TKR
Jan. 7, 2011, 03:41 PM
Is the "ick" for Parra? Can I ask why? I don't know him and have never seen him, so I'm simply curious since he is pretty high profile.
PennyG

mickeydoodle
Jan. 7, 2011, 04:04 PM
Is the "ick" for Parra? Can I ask why? I don't know him and have never seen him, so I'm simply curious since he is pretty high profile.
PennyG


hard to really say on a public forum

honeylips
Jan. 7, 2011, 06:36 PM
I would guess Parra too

Nope

Joanne
Jan. 7, 2011, 07:10 PM
Honeylips: Will you let us know if we guess right?

How about --YOU-- did you get him?

monstrpony
Jan. 7, 2011, 07:17 PM
According to the Chronicle, Meagan Davis, who rode for the US in the Young Rider World Cup, was staying in Germany to ride with Schmidt. Maybe she was in the right place at the right time? Just a wild thought.

In any event, best wishes to Schmidt's family.

Cowgirl
Jan. 7, 2011, 08:35 PM
My guess? George Williams, whose sponsor has been spending ALOT of $$ lately....

caddym
Jan. 7, 2011, 08:50 PM
Greg Staller bought him as a wedding gift for Catherine Haddad?

fatwhitepony
Jan. 7, 2011, 09:08 PM
Or maybe the horse was bought by the Ots family (the oldest son, Endel, is working at Hubertus' farm right now and has his horse there). He rode Meagan Davis's current horse previous to her purchasing him. Endel's dad is a neurosurgeon and could just up and buy a top horse like this if he wanted to! Who knows, oh well!

HFSH
Jan. 7, 2011, 11:26 PM
Fatwhitepony beat me to my guess. I'm guessing Endel Ots and family.

honeylips
Jan. 7, 2011, 11:45 PM
My guess? George Williams, whose sponsor has been spending ALOT of $$ lately....

Nope.
I know at least 2 others on the board who know the right answer....

honeylips
Jan. 7, 2011, 11:46 PM
Or maybe the horse was bought by the Ots family (the oldest son, Endel, is working at Hubertus' farm right now and has his horse there). He rode Meagan Davis's current horse previous to her purchasing him. Endel's dad is a neurosurgeon and could just up and buy a top horse like this if he wanted to! Who knows, oh well!

Not this one either.

SnicklefritzG
Jan. 8, 2011, 12:43 AM
honeylips, has the correct rider been named in this thread yet?

alicen
Jan. 8, 2011, 05:57 AM
Steffen Peters?

TemJeito
Jan. 8, 2011, 06:35 AM
Todd Flettrich?

For Honeylips to confirm or deny. . .and others to do a double ick :lol:

Kareen
Jan. 8, 2011, 07:52 AM
I can't do double-ick. I don't know the man.

mimiwenk
Jan. 8, 2011, 09:42 AM
Now, that's just mean!

SnicklefritzG
Jan. 8, 2011, 09:46 AM
Now, that's just mean!

I agree! Please don't insult the Pillsbury Dough Boy

mickeydoodle
Jan. 8, 2011, 11:03 AM
Chris Hickey?

honeylips
Jan. 8, 2011, 11:20 AM
honeylips, has the correct rider been named in this thread yet?

yes

Ginger
Jan. 8, 2011, 11:45 AM
I second (third?) Meagan Davis.

honeylips
Jan. 8, 2011, 12:29 PM
I second (third?) Meagan Davis.

Sorry - no

Elegante E
Jan. 8, 2011, 12:41 PM
Seidel? Didn't see a nay on him.

Fantastic
Jan. 8, 2011, 01:00 PM
I am standing by my original guesses which I posted when I started this thread:

Robert Dover or Guenter Seidel.


My primary guess is Dover.

caddym
Jan. 8, 2011, 01:17 PM
I'm going with Todd although I wish it were Guenter

honeylips
Jan. 8, 2011, 01:33 PM
I am standing by my original guesses which I posted when I started this thread:

Robert Dover or Guenter Seidel.


My primary guess is Dover.

Sorry no-go on both.

spottedfiona
Jan. 8, 2011, 01:39 PM
O.K. Honeylips, I would think it would be Michelle Gibson's people - a horse for her to aim for 2012.

alicen
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:04 PM
This article says that the horse is already in the USA. http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/2011/01/08/brustkrebs/olympiasieger-hubertus-schmidt-verkauft-sein-bestes-pferd-um-ehefrau-zu-retten.html
I'm thinking the horse is in Calif.

honeylips
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:23 PM
Florida

Equibrit
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:44 PM
Devon Dirk and Terri Kane ?

spottedfiona
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:48 PM
O.K. Honeylips is it Michelle yes or no? [Her supporter/owners - Kane]

alicen
Jan. 8, 2011, 02:57 PM
So, if this horse is already in Florida, how come nobody knows that?

spottedfiona
Jan. 8, 2011, 03:11 PM
Honeylips - apologies for my brusqueness - I just read my post...I realize this is a game and that you probably do not want to actually say yes to anything, sorry. I will rephrase and leave it at that.

Michelle Gibson's people? [who also do winter in FL] A personal bias - we would be happier if it were them rather than the other proposed again most recently...

caddym
Jan. 8, 2011, 05:08 PM
I bet you a pony its Todd

ale
Jan. 8, 2011, 05:19 PM
you are all wrong! The horse was not even sold to the USA...in time eveyone will know

SnicklefritzG
Jan. 8, 2011, 05:32 PM
How do you know it wasn't sold to the US?

DownYonder
Jan. 8, 2011, 05:51 PM
Oded!

caddym
Jan. 8, 2011, 06:01 PM
Oded!

Oded's cool -but lets just say he owes me a pony

hyacinth
Jan. 8, 2011, 06:07 PM
I'd bet it's Cherry Knoll for Todd. he rides with Hubertus each summer.

happyhorsegirl
Jan. 8, 2011, 06:19 PM
Ohh I wish wish wish it was Endel Ots he is such a fantastic rider and a wonderful, humble young professional and deserves to have a world class mount to bring him to the top.

He rode Bentley (currently ridden by Meagan Davis) for years and boy what an amazing team!

And he didn't publicly diss the horse (unlike Meagan in this weeks Chronicle, seems like all she said was how bad and unpredictable he is).

Sorry don't normally like to criticize anyone but just seemed very ungracious to me, particularly as I believe she does not own the horse and is riding him for an owner.

Definitely a horse with 'quirks' but you gotta give him credit for being an amazingly talented horse who has partnered several young riders (Davis, Ots, Kassie Barteau) to top finishes in both YR and open competitions.

Sorry soapbox over, I just got a bad taste in my mouth from that article.

caddym
Jan. 8, 2011, 06:20 PM
Yeah, I bet its Todd....Oded's just....cooler

dwblover
Jan. 8, 2011, 06:28 PM
I'm officially guessing Todd.

Funckyfilly
Jan. 8, 2011, 09:01 PM
Have anything to do with Campbells soup?

purplnurpl
Jan. 8, 2011, 09:59 PM
I'm just going to add this because Davis was already referenced.

There is a long thread going on the eventing forum over the issues with sponsored horses and poor owner/rider relations.

The article about Davis shows this first hand.

I hope everyone gets a chance to read it.

princessfluffybritches
Jan. 8, 2011, 10:50 PM
I'm not to sure about a German selling a "made" horse to anyone but a German. It would really surprise me if he did.

ise@ssl
Jan. 9, 2011, 01:06 AM
I agree with that ick as well. I do feel when people gain weight they should consider having their shadbelly tailered to accomodate them.!

caddym
Jan. 9, 2011, 06:47 AM
I'm not to sure about a German selling a "made" horse to anyone but a German. It would really surprise me if he did.

Ulla sold Douglas Hilltop to Chris Hickey.

Kareen
Jan. 9, 2011, 06:53 AM
It has happened before and does all the time. Just recently Lissaro has moved over to Holland for riding. In a situation like this I don't see why he should not? It's not like he ever got any free rides from his countrymen but everything he achieved he has achieved on his own with little to no help. Any German person who would frown upon him for selling it outside the country under these circumstances needs to get a life and shut up, I'm sorry.

mainerinmd
Jan. 9, 2011, 01:23 PM
is it Chris Hickey?

ale
Jan. 9, 2011, 03:33 PM
FYI Honeylips...Cherry Knoll didn't buy that one..

Lincoln Park Dressage
Jan. 9, 2011, 07:27 PM
Ohh I wish wish wish it was Endel Ots he is such a fantastic rider and a wonderful, humble young professional and deserves to have a world class mount to bring him to the top.

He rode Bentley (currently ridden by Meagan Davis) for years and boy what an amazing team!

And he didn't publicly diss the horse (unlike Meagan in this weeks Chronicle, seems like all she said was how bad and unpredictable he is).

Sorry don't normally like to criticize anyone but just seemed very ungracious to me, particularly as I believe she does not own the horse and is riding him for an owner.

Definitely a horse with 'quirks' but you gotta give him credit for being an amazingly talented horse who has partnered several young riders (Davis, Ots, Kassie Barteau) to top finishes in both YR and open competitions.

Sorry soapbox over, I just got a bad taste in my mouth from that article.

Are you referring to this horse? The one rearing into the crowd in photos. I think the photos say it all:

http://terrimiller.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/dressage-at-devon-adventures-with-bentley/

TKR
Jan. 9, 2011, 07:32 PM
Bentley looks a bit unglued, but his rider seems fine. What is Bentley's pedigree? He's very good looking!
PennyG

happyhorsegirl
Jan. 9, 2011, 09:18 PM
Regarding Bentley..I don't deny that the horse has well-documented 'expressive' moments.

But it sounded like she was blaming the horse for not doing better which IMO is not very gracious.

ToN Farm
Jan. 9, 2011, 09:24 PM
you are all wrong! The horse was not even sold to the USA...in time eveyone will know
Hmmm. Could it be then, that the horse was 'shipped' to the USA but not going to a USA rider? Riders from other countries live here. Maybe for Canada or Israel?

Carol Ames
Jan. 9, 2011, 09:25 PM
He sold the horse his "Olympic dream:cool:"to pay for treatment of his wifes' breast v=cancer:eek:

dressurpferd01
Jan. 9, 2011, 09:53 PM
He sold the horse his "Olympic dream:cool:"to pay for treatment of his wifes' breast v=cancer:eek:

You seem surprised that a husband would give up something like that for his wife's health. I would sell my mare, granted not Olympic quality, in a heart beat if it meant my wife could get the best treatment possible for something like that.

Touchstone Farm
Jan. 9, 2011, 10:09 PM
You seem surprised that a husband would give up something like that for his wife's health. I would sell my mare, granted not Olympic quality, in a heart beat if it meant my wife could get the best treatment possible for something like that.

And vice versa if my husband was seriously ill. (Interesting how most of this string has been about who the horse is sold to and not best wishes and concern to his wife/family.)

Not to mention the unkind remarks about Todd.

happyhorsegirl
Jan. 9, 2011, 10:20 PM
Yes you are right, Touchstone Farms.

Prayers and jingles to Herr Schmidt and his wife. A very sad situation.

SnicklefritzG
Jan. 9, 2011, 11:05 PM
Why would he have to sell the horse to pay for his wife's breast cancer treatment? How does health insurance work there??

Cowgirl
Jan. 10, 2011, 02:04 AM
I am guessing Yvonne Losos de Muniz...because she is sadly in need of a new grand prix horse. And she is based in Florida currently.

I am sad for HS. I wish him and his wife well and hope that she overcomes her cancer.

With regards to health insurance, I don't know much about the German system, but I think what he was quoted as saying is that he sold the horse to ensure his wife the best care possible. Even in countries where care is provided by the government, you may not be able to choose your specialist unless you pay for the care.... In the US, of course, most people who get a serious disease have to face: insurance limits or no insurance, copays and deductibles, uncovered services, etc..... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91971406

Enderle
Jan. 10, 2011, 08:25 AM
If you're interested in how the german health insurance system works: http://www.toytowngermany.com/wiki/Health_insurance

From the interviews I read (in german) i did'nt have the impression, that he needed money to pay for his wifes treatment.
But he wants support her and spend time with her - less riding, less training, less showing. Of course, working less means earning less money, while he has a barn with employees to run.

Sad, but completely understandable.

All the best for his wife and their family!

monstrpony
Jan. 10, 2011, 08:50 AM
Regarding Bentley..I don't deny that the horse has well-documented 'expressive' moments.

But it sounded like she was blaming the horse for not doing better which IMO is not very gracious.

If you are referring to the article in the Chroincle, I think you are being unfair. It was not a quote in which it what mentioned that the horse got a little rowdy in the freestyle, it was the observation of the author of the article. Otherwise, the rider mentions that the horse can be difficult, but that she was very happy with his tests.

And major kudos to Meagan for wearing a helmet! Difficult horse or no, she gets props for that! And looks stunningly elegant.

Treatment for breast cancer that has the best chance for success is what most insurance programs will pay for. Treatment for bc that has the best chance for success with minimal side effects can be very expensive, and not all insurance programs will cover the additional medications that make it less of a horror. I have no idea what the situation is in Germany and did not look at the link posted above. Just sayin'. In any event, Herr Schmidt gets lots of good marks in my book, and I wish his family the best of luck.

carolprudm
Jan. 10, 2011, 09:00 AM
Germany doles not have a good track record of treating breast cancer
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/272078.stm

If I were German and could scrape up the cash I would head to the US for treatment

dwblover
Jan. 10, 2011, 10:57 AM
On TOB someone in the know said it is indeed Todd Flettrich.

Lieslot
Jan. 10, 2011, 12:08 PM
Germany doles not have a good track record of treating breast cancer
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/272078.stm

But this article/data dates back to 1999.

honeylips
Jan. 10, 2011, 01:05 PM
Interesting in that in an interview with BILD magazine HS himself said the horse sold for 6 figures, in November and is "already in the US". So who knows at this point I guess!

carolprudm
Jan. 10, 2011, 01:49 PM
But this article/data dates back to 1999.

Yup, but it did have a nice table
This is more recent (2009)
http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba649

Americans have better survival rates than Europeans for common cancers.[1] (http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/#_edn1) Breast cancer mortality is 52 percent higher in Germany than in the United States, and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom. Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the U.K. and 457 percent higher in Norway. The mortality rate for colorectal cancer among British men and women is about 40 percent higher.

Equibrit
Jan. 10, 2011, 03:43 PM
That could indicate that early detection rate is sub par. That is very much more down to the individual not the treatment.

puddytat
Jan. 10, 2011, 04:09 PM
Puddytat said it first! Har har.

Incidentally, Todd Flettrich does not own or buy horses of that calibre. His owner is Cherry Knoll Farm.

Sillypony
Jan. 10, 2011, 10:05 PM
Having ridden Bentley before he was Bentley, and was just known as Duncan, he is indeed a quirky horse. My trainer is the one who actually imported him in the first place, as a 1st level horse for an AA client. He's always been a bit sensitive. He was started late and was a bit of a pet to his owner in Denmark. He was and still is enormously talented, however, after he was sold (which is a WHOLE 'nuther story), well let's just say he went from showing 2nd and 3rd to PSG in a very short amount of time, and he's never been the same since. I honestly think he was a bit brain fried and hasn't really gotten over it. He did wonderfully under Endel, who is exactly the type of rider he needs, very quiet and calm. I hope he eventually finds a rider who will keep him and love him, as he seems to change hands often. He really is a sweet horse.

Anyway, I hope the new owner/rider is Michelle Gibson! She certainly deserves another good horse!

Classical DQ
Jan. 11, 2011, 11:04 AM
On another forum it is confirmed to be Todd Flettrich that has the ride.

2tempe
Jan. 12, 2011, 09:11 AM
On TOB someone in the know said it is indeed Todd Flettrich.

What is TOB?

I can't help but wonder what the mystery is, if the horse has already been here since November....But of course I'm as curious as the next person!

Kareen
Jan. 12, 2011, 10:01 AM
TOB = The other board? Also referred to as UDBB. My guess :)
I could think of a few reasons to keep a sale secret. Maybe it wasn't finalized until now or maybe the new rider wanted some down time before going public. Could also be it was more convenient to have the purchase price paid in the following tax year. Who knows and I think it's completely up to the buyer and seller.

Gayla
Jan. 12, 2011, 10:20 AM
So does Todd get the Dough Boy nickname because of his size only or is it his behavior that is unlikable?

mmt
Jan. 12, 2011, 05:40 PM
Hubertus has sold more than one horse to the US. It is only the one though that made Eurodressage and Todd's sponsor did not buy that one. My bet is Michelle Gibson since Devon is riding Don Angelo now, but who knows...

ShannonLee
Jan. 12, 2011, 07:59 PM
Todd is really nice - I hope this nastiness about him stops.

Plantagenet
Jan. 12, 2011, 09:05 PM
Todd is really nice - I hope this nastiness about him stops.

absolutely.

Todd is a kind, sweet person and deserves better.

Gayla
Jan. 12, 2011, 09:20 PM
absolutely.

Todd is a kind, sweet person and deserves better.

So people are really just calling him a name because of his physical appearance? Unbelievable.

monstrpony
Jan. 13, 2011, 08:55 AM
So people are really just calling him a name because of his physical appearance? Unbelievable.

A DQs second favorite way to pass the time!

HollysHobbies
Jan. 14, 2011, 11:01 AM
Some of these TF comments are classless and in very poor form.

His record and riding speaks for itself.

Mara
Jan. 14, 2011, 11:18 AM
Some of these TF comments are classless and in very poor form.

His record and riding speaks for itself.

It would be nice if all these nasty remarks about TF were deleted.
Would anyone here want to log on to an online community and find such being said of them?

dressurpferd01
Jan. 14, 2011, 11:21 AM
It would be nice if all these nasty remarks about TF were deleted.
Would anyone here want to log on to an online community and find such being said of them?

I'm sure Todd has more important things to worry about than what a bunch of anonymous keyboard cowboys think of him.

ToN Farm
Jan. 14, 2011, 11:37 AM
It would be nice if all these nasty remarks about TF were deleted.
Would anyone here want to log on to an online community and find such being said of them?

What about all the horrible things that have been said about Anky and Patrick Kittel. That's ok, though? There has been nothing so horrible said.

BAC
Jan. 14, 2011, 12:30 PM
Too bad the horse had to be sold under such circumstances. I wish the best for HS and his family and hope his wife makes a full recovery. Who actually bought the horse seems so unimportant.

sjdressage
Jan. 14, 2011, 04:54 PM
I met Todd once, standing outside the warmup ring at the NJ Horse Park Memorial Day show. I told him I thought his dog was cute and he was so nice. For some reason it struck me because everyone at the show was so bitchy that day! It was a breath of fresh air to have someone smile and be friendly.....

I don't know him but the comments are classless. Obviously he is doing something right.

Mara
Jan. 14, 2011, 07:59 PM
What about all the horrible things that have been said about Anky and Patrick Kittel. That's ok, though? There has been nothing so horrible said.

Not defending the Anky-and-Patrick nastiness, but those comments are generally to do with their riding and training. Not their physiques.

mmt
Jan. 15, 2011, 06:32 AM
Well, I hope whoever did buy Donnelly (and it isn't Todd) says and we are all put out of our misery! They could even do an exclusive on Eurodressage or Dressage Daily. :-)

Megdressage
Jan. 18, 2011, 01:56 AM
I just got to see the article about me in The Chronicle of the Horse and read the forum. I would like to say that a lot of what was said was actually the opinion of the reporter and not mine. I never felt it necessary nor did I ever make excuses for finishing seventh. I could not be more proud of myself and Bentley, being in the company of these riders was truly an honor and something I will never forget. As for Bentley; yes he can be a tricky horse, anyone who has ever ridden him would agree but anyone who knows me also knows how much I love him. It has been an amazing opportunity for me to get to ride him for the past two years and I will always be thankful to his owner for that, without her I would never have had such an amazing experience.


The other thing that I felt I needed to address was the notion that I was wearing a helmet because Bentley was bad or naughty. I simply made a decision some time ago to always wear a helmet when I'm on a horse. Whether or not I am competing, training, or taking a trail ride I will wear a helmet.

I feel this is a decision we each have to make for ourselves. For me my helmet is no different than any other piece of equipment. I am also glad to see and hear that other riders and judges agree.

Meagan Davis

dwblover
Jan. 18, 2011, 09:02 AM
Meagan, thanks for posting. I think many times what we say gets somewhat taken out of context. You did a great job!!!!!!!!! And I can not agree with you more about the helmet! You have set such a wonderful example, be proud.

caddym
Jan. 18, 2011, 12:26 PM
Megan, thanks for posting. I was able to watch your rides on topdressage.tv bravo to you!!!! Pity about the freestyle, seems like a lot of horses have a hard time in the indoors.

princessfluffybritches
Jan. 18, 2011, 05:54 PM
Meagan, I just started wearing a helmet again. It became mandatory with the teens (at my barn). And being an adult, I figured I would too.

happyhaffiehaley
Jan. 18, 2011, 09:10 PM
Thanks for wearing a helmet and talking about your reasons for doing so, Meagan! It's great to hear about the proposed helmet rule change, but to really decrease the number of head injuries in riding, we need people to be committed to wearing helmets both at shows and at home.

Sorry, I realize this is OT! I just couldn't resist applauding this statement.

Haley

Liz
Jan. 19, 2011, 09:17 AM
Meagan

What a class act. Well said.

canyonoak
Jan. 20, 2011, 11:28 AM
Donnelly was sold to Brazil.

Like many other people, I assumed Todd was the new rider,but this is not the case.

ale
Jan. 20, 2011, 12:28 PM
Huh, guess i was right...

alicen
Jan. 20, 2011, 12:32 PM
So, Ale, is it time to know the name yet?

ale
Jan. 20, 2011, 12:42 PM
maybe Lita "The International Reporter" could tell you;) or maybe she should stick to Theo website;)

pophorse
Jan. 30, 2011, 07:27 PM
This horse was purchased by Dr. Jorge Rocha from Brazil.

Bats79
Jan. 30, 2011, 10:43 PM
Well Brazil is in "America" after all. :)

When we purchased our Holsteiner stallion from Germany they wrote in Das Holsteiner Pherde that he had been sold to Argentina. Australia // Argentina - I guess not much difference to the Germans (though that was the late '70s and this 2011). LOL