I got to go to the free style on Saturday night but had to bow out of scribing. I felt horrible for it too. 2am in the morning, husband gets up to shush the cats and manages to not only fall over one of them but fracture his leg in the process. So off to the ER we go, didn't even get to see the doctor until almost 6am and then didn't get him casted and out until close to noon. Dropped him off and headed to the show. I'd never been to the show before but I'll go again next year (wrap the husband in bubble wrap or drop him off at the sitters though.)
Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
Originally Posted by alicen:
What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.
That ring definitely had some gobblins in it, that's for sure!! It was so amazing being able to watch the horses and riders. I felt so bad for the riders in the pairs demonstration. That horse was SUPER naughty!! However I feel that Guenter got robbed on the freestyle. Rafalca was amazing, but the mare Guenter was on was just FANTASTIC. IMO, Olympic politics came into play on that one.
"All your protestations aside, this has got to be on anyone's Top Ten list of Bad Horse Advice." - Ghazzu
It's funny you say that. I totally agree. With my vast experience I was pretend judging...and I scored that mare (Coral Reef Wylea) higher than Rafalca. I got Rafalca's score within 0.5%, but was very off on Coral Reef Wylea. (Did I just commit blasphemy??) and in fact posted on my Facebook account that she was the next Olympian. Plus, I'm a huge Neil Diamond fan.
Did you see Vinterpol go? GORGEOUS.
The pairs horses were amazing the night before when they practiced. The gelding wasn't naughty at all on Friday night - I felt bad for them too on Saturday.
LarkspurCO: no horse's training is complete until it can calmly yet expressively perform GP in stadium filled w/chainsaw juggling zombies riding unicycles while flying monkeys w/bottle rockets...
Aw heck, I was there Sunday morning only. I am in San Diego for a few days... grew up here. My dad is in a nursing home in Carlsbad and I am staying in Bird Rock, so the show grounds were halfway in between. I didn't realize the show was going on until Saturday morning, and had already made dinner plans for Saturday night and couldn't reschedule. I told my dinner companions that I hoped they realize how much I must love them, to skip Ravel's retirement ceremony
I'm much more of a smurf and have absolutely no connections within the CA dressage community. All those tanned skinny women and ginormous WBs! There's a reason I left CA... I really didn't ever belong there in the first place, never mind that I am a 3rd generation native.
---- "You have to have experiences to gain experience."