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  1. The point that I was trying to make is that often...

    The point that I was trying to make is that often once a horse clears quarantine here, so many of the passports "disappear" that a person trying to find a horse based on horses they see and like is...
  2. Just a few words for clarification. I think that...

    Just a few words for clarification. I think that it is very important in a discussion of breeding to distinguish between breeds and registries. TB's, Arabs, Morgans, QH's etc are breeds. Warmbloods...
  3. I think Bode brings a great deal to the table,...

    I think Bode brings a great deal to the table, not the least of which is name recognition. I think the hardest thing for him to adjust to as a trainer will be rehabbing horses. You can't put them on...
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    Fun to watch, and the final test made the outcome...

    Fun to watch, and the final test made the outcome very clear.

    Am I just a hopeless prude, but do you think anyone actually listened to the lyrics for "I'm so excited" before they played it over...
  5. On the other hand, if it was widely known in your...

    On the other hand, if it was widely known in your barn that you did mark your things by peeing on them....
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    After the terms of measurement (shoe allowance,...

    After the terms of measurement (shoe allowance, tiny ( 1/4 inch) room for error) are clearly defined, the only ones that need to fret about random spot measurement are those already cheating. If...
  7. Thank you, findeight. That's exactly what I was...

    Thank you, findeight. That's exactly what I was trying to say. I wasn't considering how many strides to put in to make it look pretty, rather how many strides to put in so that you got out...
  8. I' going to try to say this in a way that doesn't...

    I' going to try to say this in a way that doesn't sound too touchy-feely. I think that a big reason that TB's are not making it in Big Time JUmper-land is between their ears. In my experience, when a...
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    Back in the dark ages, when the juniors needed to...

    Back in the dark ages, when the juniors needed to be split, they did it by odd and even numbers. Very fair.
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    This is where I call bullshit. It isn't the size...

    This is where I call bullshit. It isn't the size of thh pony that determines the length of stride, it's the athleticism. The "good mover-ness." I showed a 13.1/2 pony in the larges for a few years, (...
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    What would be the point? OK . You made 15h the...

    What would be the point? OK . You made 15h the top for large ponies. So all the current cheating just moves up 2". You have not solved anything.
  12. HAven't you always been allowed to use a running?...

    HAven't you always been allowed to use a running? Back in the dark ages it was the only option in formal attire (Appointments, Corinthian) classes.
  13. I've just spent a few hours watching the ponies...

    I've just spent a few hours watching the ponies at Penn National, including the Winners Stake, (made up of all three divisions). I can't see what would be improved by having ponies of all sizes...
  14. Form this dinosaur's point of view, the...

    Form this dinosaur's point of view, the restructure seems poorly thought out. How about keeping the existing rules and enforcing them? Maybe even try to promote a culture among our youngest...
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    I'm not accusing anyone of anything. I just think...

    I'm not accusing anyone of anything. I just think that the appearance of favoritism is very strong. And that it would be easy to lessen that bad appearance. Even if it pissed off the fathers of a few...
  16. I'm sure they were. But I know that the kids...

    I'm sure they were. But I know that the kids that started at 7 caught up to them by the time they were 8. Just a little experience speaking here.
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    Paper that I was watching with is gone. I just...

    Paper that I was watching with is gone. I just know I had a moderate number of checkmarks on the front page of the gymnastic sheet, and was surprised that they didn't move up..
  18. I'm not seeing naysayers, I'm seeing truthsayers....

    I'm not seeing naysayers, I'm seeing truthsayers. With over 40 years teaching experience in another sport ( Skiing), I know that there is a huge difference between 4-5-6 year olds. Sure, some 4's...
  19. Hoss, meet Ray in New Fairfield, Ct. Go for it. ...

    Hoss, meet Ray in New Fairfield, Ct. Go for it.

    For a very few kids, starting at 4 might be worthwhile. For most, it's just a use of time and money that would probably be spent better. That said,...
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    It was a rainy day, so I watched most of it. I'm...

    It was a rainy day, so I watched most of it. I'm not really in the loop, but I saw a few kids in the gymnastic that looked way better than they scored. Ditto Sunday. It also doesn't help that they...
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    Well, then, maybe we should get judges who don't...

    Well, then, maybe we should get judges who don't know all the kids and all the horses. Since it's the USEF Talent search, how about, for example, Ian Millar and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum?
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    This bothers me a bit. BAck in the dark ages when...

    This bothers me a bit. BAck in the dark ages when I was showing, the name of the horse and/or rider was never announced, only the number. I trust that the Judges in the most prestigious finals are...
  23. Soon to be 4? Wait two years. Do tumbling instead...

    Soon to be 4? Wait two years. Do tumbling instead for a while.
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    Go Geoffrey. I like to see kids from Vermont do...

    Go Geoffrey. I like to see kids from Vermont do well in something other than ski racing!
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    From my vantage point in front of the computer, I...

    From my vantage point in front of the computer, I thought she was the only one who picked up the correct lead. Looked like a combination followed by a left turn.
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