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  • #21
    anyone else wondering if the USA could get an individual medal?

    Courtney's freestyle has changed a lot since California (more music written esp. for Myth) though she hasn't performed the changes in public yet.

    SP has a great though green horse that could pull it out...

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    • #22
      Originally posted by Mardi View Post
      84F (29C)

      Humidity 78%

      Feels like: 91F (33C)
      What is the dewpoint? Dewpoint is what makes it feel really muggy.
      Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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      • #23
        Originally posted by hsheffield View Post
        anyone else wondering if the USA could get an individual medal?

        Courtney's freestyle has changed a lot since California (more music written esp. for Myth) though she hasn't performed the changes in public yet.

        SP has a great though green horse that could pull it out...

        What determines if they can ride in the freestyle?
        Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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        • #24
          Originally posted by ridgeback View Post
          What is the dewpoint? Dewpoint is what makes it feel really muggy.
          Dewpoint is 77F

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          • #25
            I believe the top 15 (or is it 12?) move on to the freestyle. I think both SP and CK will make it to the freestyle.

            I think the scores from the GP don't count for individual: only the special and the freestyle.


            please someone correct me if I'm wrong...

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            • #26
              Originally posted by Mardi View Post
              Dewpoint is 77F
              Ouch...
              Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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              • #27
                i missed the first few rides... Can anyone recap Ashley's (Pop Art) ride for me?

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by hsheffield View Post
                  I believe the top 15 (or is it 12?) move on to the freestyle. I think both SP and CK will make it to the freestyle.

                  I think the scores from the GP don't count for individual: only the special and the freestyle.


                  please someone correct me if I'm wrong...
                  So the top 12 or 15 from the special move on to the freestyle? GO USA
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                  • #29
                    Poppy

                    IMHO, Ashley didn't have the amazing flow that she usually has. I've been trying to decide if it's because it's on video and not in person....I'm wondering if that changes things?


                    Does anyone else think Don Schufro is fighting Andreas? He looks like a strong horse.

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                    • #30
                      Ashley holzers ride was gorgeous

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                      • #31
                        Well, you can tell Don Schufro is using his abs - he's breathing from both ends!

                        That's what you get with mikes all the way around the arena!

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                        • #32
                          Andreas had a big bobble in the passage to extended trot. They weren't in sinc though I don't think they were fighting per se.

                          PS: what a nice horse Elvis is, he decided to poop for the judges. LOL
                          PPS: now Elvis looks interested in fighting. He was waving his head for a bit in the passage work.

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                          • #33
                            Don Schufro - nice ride, I like the horse...but he and Briar seemed to looked tired in places. Just didn't have the spark.

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                            • #34
                              Elvis also broke to canter in the first trot half-pass.

                              He didn't want to do that first piaffe - he probably wasn't done pooping.

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                              • #35
                                I think cappelman's score was a tad generous for all that went on in the test. That horse has a funky walk. Very stiff and jerky in front. Tood bad, not as nice a test as the first one.

                                They're replaying the russian horse's piafe. Wow. that really was lovely. I'd call that perfect. Wonder what her score was for that one movement they just showed.

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                                • #36
                                  Balagur

                                  They just showed a replay of Balagur during the ring drag. I'm loving that little pink pony! What a champ.
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                                  The hardest to learn was the least complicated.

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                                  • #37
                                    There's a line that I read in a report after Atlanta 1996 that has always stuck with me. Whoever riding Weyden for the bronze (easier to remember the horses than the riders for me ) said of a rough spot in one of his tests, "Imagine that I'm on the toilet, and someone comes up to me right then and wants me to piaffe."

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                                    • #38
                                      Ashley makes it to the freestyle! YAY

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                                      • #39
                                        Does anyone else think that Elvis lacks engagement and self carriage in the collected canter? Looks to me like a 3rd level horse. Medium trot also. I usually find myself wishing the GP horses would have a longer frame and cover more ground in the medium but he was too much so.

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                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by yaya View Post
                                          Well, you can tell Don Schufro is using his abs - he's breathing from both ends!

                                          That's what you get with mikes all the way around the arena!
                                          I was trying to think of a polite way of putting this! It was quite noticeable in his GP test too. I guess it is not a way of advertising engagement...

                                          They are just showing a little of Balagur, will have to wait for the rewind to see that in full. Obviously a crowd favorite. I wonder if he got applause like that at the circus where he supposedly began.
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