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  1. Before moving out to CT, I lived on the UES and...

    Before moving out to CT, I lived on the UES and rode at a barn in North Salem. The town is h/j central. It took me an hour maximum to drive there, although I work freelance, so was able to travel to...
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    There's probably a partial truth to this. I'm...

    There's probably a partial truth to this. I'm from England, and am what would be considered a very low-level rider. I've never owned a horse, leased a bit as a teenager, and have only done a handful...
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    As I said before, I'm a British ex-pat, and pony...

    As I said before, I'm a British ex-pat, and pony jumpers are huge in England. We do have hunter classes, but again, working hunter in the UK bears no resemblance to working hunter in the US. I think...
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    Right now I suppose the pony jumpers are less...

    Right now I suppose the pony jumpers are less Grand Prix and more like the pony-club run Mini Major Relay at Olympia:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFjcDdcUAOw


    I do think that there's a...
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    Well, it was a bit haphazard in parts. I only...

    Well, it was a bit haphazard in parts. I only watched this evening's session, so can't comment about yesterday.

    But I think it'd be a shame to watch the division go. I can't understand why it...
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    Funny, but I thought the exact opposite. Being a...

    Funny, but I thought the exact opposite. Being a British ex-pat, I found it fun to finally watch pony jumpers at a US show. The standard was lower than in Europe, for sure, but those ponies were fun...
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    Off topic, but this little guy is three, and the...

    Off topic, but this little guy is three, and the youngest rider to compete at the HOYS:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoVobHvVY9Y
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    I thought that was a Highland. Typical half-baked...

    I thought that was a Highland. Typical half-baked journalism from the DM.
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    To all the adults riding ponies...

    If it's good enough for Queen Liz. . .

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2594656/Ones-little-pony-Queen-doing-loves-best-88th-year.html
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    The Shetland Pony Grand National is awesome. I do...

    The Shetland Pony Grand National is awesome. I do hope it takes off in the US.
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    I couldn't believe the small crowds, and did...

    I couldn't believe the small crowds, and did wonder why the attendance was tiny for such a big show with big prize money. A real shame.

    I grew up watching the Horse of the Year Show and Olympia...
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    I know. Between him and Apollo, I wish I had a...

    I know. Between him and Apollo, I wish I had a time machine and a large wallet at hand:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0JZ0oTJzjA
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    To add, no, not common! A little later (1994) but...

    To add, no, not common! A little later (1994) but John Ledingham was a seriously stylish rider over those Hickstead fences http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fvW0TDMsGE
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    I think there's much more variation in style...

    I think there's much more variation in style among UK riders. Speaking as a (low-level) British rider, equitation is not drilled into us like it is with American children. I would say that gutsiness...
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    Growing up, it was my dream to compete in the...

    Growing up, it was my dream to compete in the Prince Philip Cup mounted games at HOYS. That and doing the Mini/Major relay at Olympia with John Whitaker. (Who am I kidding? I'm almost forty, and...
  16. The derby courses, with natural fences, always...

    The derby courses, with natural fences, always seem to cause problems. At Hickstead, it seems to be the infamous Derby Bank and the Devil's Dyke.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW8H3SRsbaI
  17. I bet some of the large ponies among this lot...

    I bet some of the large ponies among this lot would fit the bill:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=445HfMJATUg
  18. I rode at a very fancy barn in CT a couple of...

    I rode at a very fancy barn in CT a couple of years ago (friend of a friend let me ride her retired jumper, and I hacked out with an older lady who rode in the hunters).

    She made a point of saying...
  19. And here are the team and individual results from...

    And here are the team and individual results from Eventing, SJ and Dressage:

    http://www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk/news-article.aspx?article=fei-euro-pony-championships

    GAEventer, that's a concern...
  20. Good luck with the move! I moved from the UK ten...

    Good luck with the move! I moved from the UK ten years ago, live in NYC, but we have a family house in Redding (next town over from Newtown) for weekends. A CT get-together would be fun. I don't have...
  21. I love those pictures...and it has reminded me...

    I love those pictures...and it has reminded me where you *do* see standing martingales in UK competitions: in PC mounted games!
  22. Flashes and running martingales are absolutely...

    Flashes and running martingales are absolutely commonplace on the UK hunt field:
    ...
  23. More UK working hunter footage, including Louise...

    More UK working hunter footage, including Louise Bell riding again:

    http://www.horseandcountry.tv/episode/royal-show-2008-lightweight-hunters
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    Woodbury Litchfield Hills Hunt?

    Hi there,

    Has anyone been out with this hunt? They seem like a small, friendly hunt from their website, but I'm curious to know a bit more about their typical days, country etc.
  25. PS Louise Bell is one of the top names in UK...

    PS Louise Bell is one of the top names in UK showing, and I think she's a fabulous rider!
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