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    1. Thanks for all the nice comments. Zizi is a...

    1. Thanks for all the nice comments. Zizi is a fun, easy ride, provided you're comfortable on a tiny-framed 14.2hh mare. :)

    2. Zizi has a younger half-brother, George, who is out of a...
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    Well, sure, things happen, but over the long-haul...

    Well, sure, things happen, but over the long-haul of 50 years and many, many races, this formula has been a successful one for Team USA. Athletes know what they have to do. The standards are...
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    I'll toss out another possible reason: to get...

    I'll toss out another possible reason: to get decent international results.

    I haven't read the current USEF HP documents, but there may be some kind of provisions for international...
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    In the USEF's defense, the NSF might be obligated...

    In the USEF's defense, the NSF might be obligated to send the most qualified pairs. IIRC, there's some legal language about this in US NSFs, maybe due to the Ted Stevens Act or something similar. Or...
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    Funding -- and RESULTS. Which was the next line...

    Funding -- and RESULTS. Which was the next line in my post, but you cut the quote off just before it.

    It's not just about funding. The USEF programs have substantial funding, but they're...
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    This was for a very limited time -- basically...

    This was for a very limited time -- basically 1992. And really, it was the result of lawsuits that this ever happened.

    I think there's something positive about an INP (this is the internal...
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    This is slightly OT but here...

    This is slightly OT but here's a great read on goal-setting, standards and 'selection' by running coach Steve Magness (who was also one of the whistleblowers in the Nike/Oregon doping scandal).
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    nice pics of my pony in SJ at Intermediate

    Zizi last weekend.

    :)
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    But, whatever you do, don't call the program a...

    But, whatever you do, don't call the program a failure, even though all results indicate it's a failure.

    Ask yourself if you'd keep your own job under comparative circumstances -- a decade of...
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    But is that info re: slip coming from the footing...

    But is that info re: slip coming from the footing sellers or from the veterinary literature? I'd bee a little leery of manufacturer's claims here. FWIW, John Killingbeck is a vet, and he's...
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    There's no sport without participants. (In the...

    There's no sport without participants.

    (In the real world, there's lots and lots of sport without spectators.)
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    It's the NSFs -- USEF in this case -- that should...

    It's the NSFs -- USEF in this case -- that should be transparent with anything and everything to do with the selection process.
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    He was British to start with. :)

    He was British to start with. :)
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    I think that's proof that Mr. Black isn't a...

    I think that's proof that Mr. Black isn't a 'real' Canadian.
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    There is no legitimate reason not to be...

    There is no legitimate reason not to be transparent about a horse injury.

    There is no legitimate reason for a team selection process not to be transparent.

    However, there doesn't have to be any...
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    I'm stuck in an airport lounge so I'm joining in....

    I'm stuck in an airport lounge so I'm joining in. :D



    The Olympics is a watered-down competition in terms of both entries and format in most, if not all, sports. But it's also intended as a...
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    Except team selection is results-based, not a...

    Except team selection is results-based, not a 'good horsemanship' award.

    I'm a little confused as to what Americans want from their high performance eventing program. Results? Or a six-figure...
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    With the Olympics, there's a series of deadlines...

    With the Olympics, there's a series of deadlines for nominating athletes to the Olympic team and then more deadlines for the final unchangeable competition roster. The USEF would make their...
  19. video cuteness: mares and foals on the loose at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna

    This morning, I went to see the July 'show' at the Spanish Riding School. The big horses are off on holiday in the mountains and, in their place, the school brought in some mares and foals from the...
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    Naturally? How does that happen? Seriously? ...

    Naturally?

    How does that happen? Seriously? Showjumping -- and riding in general -- is a skill. Success is not determined by ethnicity or genetics.

    Look no further than the fact that I'm...
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    There are people who select talented young...

    There are people who select talented young eventers on a regular basis. Horse brokers, re-sellers, riders, etc. There are people who actually make a living doing this.

    This idea that it can't be...
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    That's not what I've been saying in my posts.

    That's not what I've been saying in my posts.
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    This post is beautiful illustration of the kind...

    This post is beautiful illustration of the kind of learned helplessness I've been talking about, right down to the 'tsk tsk'.

    So what you're saying is: while Germany and GB can identify and select...
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    Team GB has the World Class Equine Pathway...

    Team GB has the World Class Equine Pathway to identify talented horses and get them in the high performance pipeline.
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    Fours years would work like this: An...

    Fours years would work like this:

    An international horse should be starting at Advanced at age 9. Some go Advanced at 8, some late in their 9 year-old year, but this is a good timeframe for a...
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