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  1. that makes even less sense to me. Japan is quite...

    that makes even less sense to me. Japan is quite a bit bigger than the UK - and if it's that many that's insanely expensive.They have a huge beef industry, horse meat farming isn't that different.
  2. So.... How common is this? Flying horses is...

    So....

    How common is this? Flying horses is not cheap, it's hard to imagine this is a cost effective method of importing to Japan when they:

    a) have no reason they cannot farm horses themselves...
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    Big galloping courses can lead to big falls -...

    Big galloping courses can lead to big falls - check out Aoife Clarke's fall at Burghley. Granted she rode like a muppet - but she's generally very good, it really was one mistake - and what a price....
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    Quite often here (and I'm sure in the USA),...

    Quite often here (and I'm sure in the USA), entries need to be put in before you really know what the horse will be ready for etc and so you enter multiple horses but on the day only choose to ride a...
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    Interesting. thanks :D

    Interesting. thanks
    :D
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    I'm not sure that fitness is really the issue...

    I'm not sure that fitness is really the issue here (or lack of it), of course a fit horse matters hugely - but I don't think that's the key difference between the nation's performance.

    I think the...
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    As Cabaret SK said, there are other park options...

    As Cabaret SK said, there are other park options - Richmond Great Park and Windsor are both Royal Parks and substantially bigger and freer than Hyde Park. Windsor has a polo club, horse trials,...
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    But you did say that... and I didn't tell you to...

    But you did say that... and I didn't tell you to go back to sailing - I said IF you believe that, you're best off going back to sailing.

    You seem to now be saying you don't believe there is bad...
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    This is such a bizarre thing to say. That you can...

    This is such a bizarre thing to say. That you can slate Badminton this year for being dangerous and hark back to an era where people could fall and continue, the ground was not prepared as it is now,...
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    Vineyridge, I think this is pretty much what I...

    Vineyridge, I think this is pretty much what I was trying to say about being tipped just slightly too much towards micro-managing - but it WAS quite an old style course - it was not twisty-turny...
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    The Dutch may be a big force - but note there...

    The Dutch may be a big force - but note there were no Germans there today - THEY are the ones to watch!

    JP60 - I really wholeheartedly agree with mugsgame - the numbers don't show the reality. It...
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    i liked the fact that so many of the refusals...

    i liked the fact that so many of the refusals were glance offs or horses just saying from a long way out 'I'm too tired/I'm not on for this' - there were really few that were really ugly, tangled in...
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    Vineyridge I think you're absolutely right the...

    Vineyridge I think you're absolutely right the Euro's benefitted because it almost tipped into punishing the riders who let the horses figure it out. Riders who micromanaged every element, did pretty...
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    Yeah, been a long time since someone in 41st...

    Yeah, been a long time since someone in 41st after dressage pulls up to second :D A LOT of rider falls today - but actually not nearly as terrifying to watch as some years. The course seemed a bit...
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    Generally though (not meaning to sound this as a...

    Generally though (not meaning to sound this as a criticism of Clark particularly) but horses who have finished have finished looking really well.

    OMFG - ANDREW NICHOLSON LAST PERSON ON COURSE ALSO...
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    Oh - Started to go again but had bandage...

    Oh - Started to go again but had bandage trailing. horse looks a little stiff behind. Replay shows he had a pretty bad shot at the corner - but it was jumpable, just horse too out of steam to help...
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    Clark at Huntsmans. ran out of petrol. Tired...

    Clark at Huntsmans. ran out of petrol. Tired sotp and retired.
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    ANicholson at lake - and through it

    ANicholson at lake - and through it
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    Andrew nicholson through Escalator fence.

    Andrew nicholson through Escalator fence.
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    Clark through final water - looking tired - and...

    Clark through final water - looking tired - and galloping up to Huntsmans. Tiring just at same point as his first horse. A bit concerning.
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    Andrew and Clark are the last two on the course....

    Andrew and Clark are the last two on the course. Clark at the white gates and through them nicely
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    Tim Price tipped up in the lake :D Horse jumped...

    Tim Price tipped up in the lake :D Horse jumped huge in, missed turn to B, then tried from standstill. Tipped Tim off. Soggy!
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    Over log at 18 where many have had a tip up.

    Over log at 18 where many have had a tip up.
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    Sticky but OK through Vicarge Vee. Nicely through...

    Sticky but OK through Vicarge Vee. Nicely through the water at end of Vee complex 'as good as anyone through the Mirage pond. Class. Absolute Class' say commentators!
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    through the new pond - galloping well after his...

    through the new pond - galloping well after his break. Coming to Vee
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