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  • #81
    Ok, what's going on right now (5:50 pm). The Spanish chef looks MAD and people are clustering around shaking fists and yelling?
    (I so wish I understood what the commentators are saying on Dubai TV...)

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    • #82
      Originally posted by mds79 View Post
      They just cancelled the endurance!!! After like 5 hrs!?! CRAZY!!!!!!!
      Thank you for verifying that. I am watching live on FEI tv, but I was wondering if somehow I was getting a replay of this morning. The FEI commentators aren't being very clear. It says because of excessively high heat and humidity.

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      • #83
        Holy crap. People are ANGRY.

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        • #84
          Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
          His anger probably has more to do with th fact that Maktoum's son (Crown Prince) Hamdan is in the race. I don't know if crown princes melt though.
          Dissolve. That's what you'd do in water. Or react with it.

          My area of expertise is chemistry, not royalty, so I'm not sure if they'd either melt or dissolve in general. BTW, IMHO, the wicked witch did neither....
          The Evil Chem Prof

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          • #85
            The leaders are still going on. WTf don’t they stop them!!! That helicopter filming them needs to broadcast a message

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            • #86
              And FEItv is showing the leaders still going, cantering on cement, after it's been cancelled.

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              • #87
                i wonder why everyone was yelling at the UAE representative?

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                • #88
                  This is utterly crazy scenes

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                  • #89
                    Police and guns on the field of play that live video said?? WTF is going on! Why the hell is this on pavement?

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                    • #90
                      Someone is being arrested.... people are chanting shame on you.... total chaos

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                      • #91
                        Am I alone in thinking that the WEG should just be cancelled? I suppose it is too late to get the horses out.
                        Latest rainfall prediction from NOAA NHS https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/gra...inqpf#contents That's a massive amount of rain.

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                        • #92
                          https://www.facebook.com/alhammadi8/...3336021437212/

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                          • #93
                            Originally posted by Jealoushe View Post
                            Someone is being arrested.... people are chanting shame on you.... total chaos
                            Well that escalated quickly... What on earth is going on in Tryon?
                            Freedom is the ability not to care what the other person thinks...

                            Got air?! Member of the Asthmatic Riders Clique

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                            • #94
                              Yeah, that does not seem like a fun event to be at... :/. I was at the Pan Ams with my horse, and it was relaxed and exciting. That just looks scary.

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                              • #95
                                RE skydy's #91 post: TIEC is in the 4-6" yellow region of that map. It's located just to the right of where the NC/SC/GA borders come together, just as the SC border becomes flat.

                                That event does seem to be going quite off the rails ...
                                "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

                                Spay and neuter. Please.

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                                • #96
                                  Originally posted by Brown Derby View Post
                                  It's being live streamed on Dubai Racing 1 TV. Horse & Hound says the riders were misdirected by an official, clearly shown on video. What a disappointment.
                                  On Monday, heikh Mohammed made an unannounced entrance into the Keeneland Yearling Sales (laying down many millions as he bought the cream of the crop).

                                  My guess is that he decided to swing by Keeneland on his way to watch the endurance at WEG. He was at the very top of endurance riders until a few years ago. Now his son is at the top of the sport. So it is not unreasonable for him to be at WEG and personally observe this clusterf*ck. Oops. One does not screw with *his* sport....

                                  "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

                                  Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump

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                                  • #97
                                    Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post

                                    On Monday, heikh Mohammed made an unannounced entrance into the Keeneland Yearling Sales (laying down many millions as he bought the cream of the crop).
                                    . One does not screw with *his* sport....
                                    He and his son have done that regularly.

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                                    • #98
                                      Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post

                                      On Monday, heikh Mohammed made an unannounced entrance into the Keeneland Yearling Sales (laying down many millions as he bought the cream of the crop).

                                      My guess is that he decided to swing by Keeneland on his way to watch the endurance at WEG. He was at the very top of endurance riders until a few years ago. Now his son is at the top of the sport. So it is not unreasonable for him to be at WEG and personally observe this clusterf*ck. Oops. One does not screw with *his* sport....
                                      He is there.
                                      Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.

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                                      • #99
                                        Official statement regarding cancellation of the remainder of the Endurance competition today. https://tryon2018.com/article/cancel...mes-tryon-2018
                                        It's 2018. Do you know where your old horse is?

                                        https://streamhorse.tv/ -- website with horse show livestream listings and links.

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                                        • So did they ever stop the leaders who were still on course? Or are those poor horses still out there in the dark for no reason?

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