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    Default Belgian combination blew everyone out of their socks at the CDI Bremen

    From Eurodressage :

    Belgian combination Vicky Smits-Vanderhasselt and her Hanoverian mare Daianira van de Helle (by Dream of Glory) blew everyone out of their socks at the CDI Bremen beating international top riders, trainers and Olympians with the greatest ease in the Grand Prix Special (71,500). Watch out for this pair as they might become the shooting stars and revelation of 2010!! Such lightness and elegance are exemplary to many, many CDI riders out there!
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    http://www.topdressage.tv/phpBB3/vie....php?f=2&t=786



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    What a lovely mare and a lovely ride!



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    A lot to like there! Very pretty pair.
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    Spay and neuter. Please.



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    Lovely pair and lovely ride.

    But where is the tension?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DownYonder View Post
    Lovely pair and lovely ride.

    But where is the tension?
    yup- it's a very nice ride...and too bad we can't find out the details about her background...
    "the man mite be the head but the woman is the neck and the neck can turn the head any way she wants..." -smart greek woman



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabine View Post
    yup- it's a very nice ride...and too bad we can't find out the details about her background...

    What are you talking about?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathita View Post
    What are you talking about?
    duh...?
    "the man mite be the head but the woman is the neck and the neck can turn the head any way she wants..." -smart greek woman



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    How obnoxious Sabine. Thank you.



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    Why I love mares !! I don't understand the last post at all



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    I don't understand it either...Are we looking for "dirt" or "halo's" now, in rider's backgrounds before we can decide whether we thought a competition ride exemplified the principals set out in the rules of dressage competition?

    Maybe explain for those of us "duh" people exactly what your comment meant?

    You know, just to enlighten the masses?

    NJR



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    The horse is truly elegant as only a mare can be.

    That rider gave more with the reins than in any GP test I've seen in about 20 years. She did a great job keeping the nose slightly in front of the vertical at most times (watch trot extensions closely).

    I liked the ride a lot. The rider fit the horse, and vice versa. And her hands were amazing, sometimes a little high, but always giving forward with the hands, never hanging back.



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    Wooo, that was nice. I didn't even notice when they started the two-tempis, it was so natural and light.

    Also the commentator said "light" about half a million times.



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    Beautiful combination!
    I love a good mare.
    The rider has nice, light hands, too.
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    Default Gotta love the mares

    There is just something about them that sets them apart, lovely ladies indeed. Love her ears too.



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    and too bad we can't find out the details about her background...
    I read that to mean that too bad the poster hadn't heard of this combo before and didn't know the competition background? Or breeding background on the mare?

    Anywho...loved watching that. Lovely mare...and the rider seems to believe that you do indeed ask a mare...liked seeing the give in the reins. And the quick finger-pats for a job well done during the test.

    Now I just have to figure out why I turn up the volume to watch certain videos...in languages I don't understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nojacketrequired View Post
    I don't understand it either...Are we looking for "dirt" or "halo's" now, in rider's backgrounds before we can decide whether we thought a competition ride exemplified the principals set out in the rules of dressage competition?

    Maybe explain for those of us "duh" people exactly what your comment meant?

    You know, just to enlighten the masses?

    NJR
    jeez guys- no dirt or halos- just who she is - who she trains with etc...that kind of stuff- she's relatively unknown on the 'big' scene...that's all. A certain person comes to mind that knows belgian folks like he does dutch folks- because he lives right at the boarder...do I need to say more??
    "the man mite be the head but the woman is the neck and the neck can turn the head any way she wants..." -smart greek woman



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nojacketrequired View Post
    Maybe explain for those of us "duh" people exactly what your comment meant?
    I think you misunderstood my comment. I understood the "duh." I just coudn't figure out why someone took offense at it.



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    Beautiful
    Dream of Glory is (was) my favorite Donnerhall son, a real shame he wasn't used more before he died.

    Sabine, I got what you meant and must admit that even before I saw your post, I thought the same thing.

    Anyway, lovely pair, lovely ride



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    I was surprised to find the rider's slightly idiosyncratic position curiously refreshing compared to that of the usual cookie-cutter mold. I wonder who she has trained with. There's scads of results from her young dressage horse competitions, but very little about her. And this website, if it is hers, doesn't have much to offer: http://users.telenet.be/staldegouden.../indexeng.html



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    very much not an expert here, but that is SUCH a nice horse. The rider is so tactful with her. So soft on the curb rein. How refreshing!



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