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Tina Cook Individual Bronze Medalist for UK

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  • Tina Cook Individual Bronze Medalist for UK

    My apologies if this has been noted. Tina is the daughter of Josh Gifford. Trainer of Grand National winner Aldaniti. Better remembered as the horse in the movie "Champions."

    Just thought it a fun little fact.

    Terri
    COTH, keeping popcorn growers in business for years.

    "I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars. This line reminds me why I have horses.

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    I used to gallop Josh's chasers occasionally.
    \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".

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      FF -- NO WAY!! I used to gallop at Gifford's too!! He trained horses for my neighbor (back in Tennessee) and I'd stay with them when in England and ride out. My goodness what a small world. When were you there? I visited several times 1983-1990. Tina was a kid.
      * www.huntersrest.net -- Virginia hunt country's best Bed-and-Breakfast-and-Barn.

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      • #4
        How cool! That movie makes me cry more than any other horsey movie

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          Tina's first cousin is my son's best friend. That means I know her, right? LOL
          Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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            Josh Gifford was the leading NH jockey of his time (4 time NH Champion Jockey) riding for the legendary Ryan Price. His wife Althea (Roger-Smith) was a leading show jumper. No surprise that Tina excels!
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            • #7
              I was so pleased for Tina - she has always been a beautiful rider. Probably most people remember her as Kristina Gifford.
              If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                I think[maybe wrong] that Althea was his second wife.

                He was quite a lad.

                I grew up with Bill Smith as a kid,he was the Queens leading chase jockey at one time.
                It is soo long ago,but at varying times I galloped for Fred Winter ,Josh Gifford and a few others.[My heyday was from 1965 to 1980.]

                I foxhunted with all of them.

                Retrained many of their horses to go Eventing or Showjumping. those were the days.
                \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".

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                  I could foxhunt 6 days a week back then,just qualifying TBs for point to point races.
                  \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".

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                    Originally posted by Equilibrium View Post
                    My apologies if this has been noted. Tina is the daughter of Josh Gifford. Trainer of Grand National winner Aldaniti. Better remembered as the horse in the movie "Champions."

                    Just thought it a fun little fact.

                    Terri
                    I mentioned this on another thread about the movie in the H/J Forum, right before the Olympics started. Who would have guessed Tina would go on to win both team and individual medals.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fernie fox View Post
                      I think[maybe wrong] that Althea was his second wife.
                      Not sure which wife Althea was but I do seem to remember reading that Tina's mother was also an excellent horsewoman so I assumed it was Althea.

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                        Originally posted by poltroon View Post
                        I was so pleased for Tina - she has always been a beautiful rider. Probably most people remember her as Kristina Gifford.
                        Okay so I am not going insane!!! I was watching the medal ceremonies and thinking to myself..."gee..that rider sure looks a lot like Kristina Gifford. Wonder whatever happened to her..."

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                          If it were up to me, we'd obligate riders to not change their names once they reach the National levels.
                          If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                          • #14
                            Nice article here http://www.sussexlife.co.uk/main-men...champion--2294

                            Married Althea in 1969!

                            http://www.findonvillage.com/indrac.htm
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                              Althea was a good rider too.
                              \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".

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                                fernie fox,
                                I spent some time at Bill Smith's in 2000 - very nice family. Still going strong, training for one of the Sheiks with approx. 60 arab racehorses, 5 or 6 endurance horses, 1 point-to-pointer, and about 10 hunters (field & show). Also barns off-site full of yearlings & 2-year olds.

                                Once the water in our grooms' flat stopped working, so we used his sinks & bath. My favourite was the bathroom with the walls filled up with pics of him falling off! Quite amusing.
                                Blugal

                                You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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                                  Yup,Bill is quite a hoot.

                                  You were in Hambledon then.

                                  My family home is 2 miles from his set-up.

                                  We used to ride the TBs through Hambledon to get up to the gallops.
                                  \"I have lived my life-it is nearly done-.I have played the game all round;But I freely admit that the best of my fun I owe it to Horse and Hound\".

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                                  • #18
                                    *gasp* Tina Cook? Nee Gifford??

                                    I don't know her at all!



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