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  • What happens to the teams horses?

    Do all the teams return home with their horses?

    I seem to remember that years ago the New Zealand team sold their horses as they couldn't return home.I could be wrong.

    Anyone know?
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    They are all going to Disney Land.

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      I think "Big Mac" would love "It's a Small World."
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      • #4
        All medal winners will return home to parades and marching bands. The losers will enter the Chinese food chain. That was part of the deal worked out with China getting the games and Equestrian sports staying in the Olympics. Blame it on the FEI and esp Princess Haya. It's all her fault.

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        • #5
          From what I remember New Zealand sold their horses because they couldn't afford to get them home. They spent every bit of money they had getting to the Olympics.

          This year I think most of the horses will just go home and be horses for a while.

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          • #6
            The really great horses get bought by US amateur riders - that is if the current owner's are willing to sell (most will not these days).
            The schooling areas after the OG, WC and WC are often very busy with horse sales.

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              All medal winners will return home to parades and marching bands. The losers will enter the Chinese food chain. That was part of the deal worked out with China getting the games and Equestrian sports staying in the Olympics. Blame it on the FEI and esp Princess Haya. It's all her fault.

              That's a fib. the losers go to the finest restaurants in France.

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              • #8

                The really great horses get bought by US amateur riders
                A friend of mine has one that is a saint.

                New Zealand sold their horses because they couldn't afford to get them home. They spent every bit of money they had getting to the Olympics.
                I recall that!


                And if I were one of those horses, I'd love a month or two of a relaxing, non-scheduled summer camp with a huge lake to swim in and a shore of sand to roll & sun bathe on. Massive woods that we could play hide and seek in and lots of field trips, which includes daily trips to the local growers carrot patches and apple orchids.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by slc2 View Post
                  They are all going to Disney Land.
                  You made me smile

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                  • #10
                    canadian riders and maybe horses come back home and go straight to spruce meadows for the masters. Well this could go for the rest of the riders as well.

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                    • #11
                      They are having currently a huge tack auction at the golf course club house, run by the local Pro, so they can stock the water jumps with gold fish.

                      The horses are already at the local speciality market, the winners at a taxidermy and are later on display at the Olympic museum in Peking.
                      The Jockeys are mugging stalls at the race track to earn their return tickets.

                      Ecxept for poor Ol' Alex he is already on his way to the gobi desert, counting sand pebbles and his horse is on the way to the US to the BN circus.
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                      • #12
                        Tell me you're joking about the horses being left in China. Please.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hony View Post
                          From what I remember New Zealand sold their horses because they couldn't afford to get them home. They spent every bit of money they had getting to the Olympics.

                          This year I think most of the horses will just go home and be horses for a while.
                          Who was running the budget that year? It seems rather short sighted to not be able to figure out how to get the horses home before even going. Unless maybe the athletes went to the games understanding this.

                          "Um..we can get you over there and we can get the people back, but the horses...yeah...you wanted to sell them anyway, right?"

                          That would suck.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ajierene View Post
                            Who was running the budget that year? It seems rather short sighted to not be able to figure out how to get the horses home before even going. Unless maybe the athletes went to the games understanding this.

                            "Um..we can get you over there and we can get the people back, but the horses...yeah...you wanted to sell them anyway, right?"

                            That would suck.
                            That's what I was thinking. How awful to have to give up your Olympic partner.

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                            • #15
                              Tell me you're joking about the horses being left in China. Please.
                              Only if you agree to buy this nice bridge here I have for sale.

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                              • #16
                                It is one of those unconfirmed stories that the Kiwis had to sell their horses because of a one way ticket.
                                More correct they ran out of beer at the X-C party and pawned a couple of for 2 cases of beer.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by egontoast View Post
                                  That's a fib. the losers go to the finest restaurants in France.
                                  Wherever will they find sturdy enough chairs for them all to sit down to dine?
                                  Ahhhh, spring is here. The birds are singing, the trees are budding and the paddocks are making their annual transformation from cake mix to cookie dough.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by I'm EBO View Post
                                    Tell me you're joking about the horses being left in China. Please.
                                    Sorry, no joke. Every time there is an equestrian event of any type in China they keep the horses, freeze dry them to shrink them just a bit and then cover them in terra cotta. Where else do you suppose all these came from?

                                    I hear there are going to be some groom jobs opening up too.
                                    Ahhhh, spring is here. The birds are singing, the trees are budding and the paddocks are making their annual transformation from cake mix to cookie dough.

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                                    • #19
                                      yeah, the grooms are all sold into slavery to save on airfare.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Maryalden View Post
                                        I think "Big Mac" would love "It's a Small World."

                                        HK Disney "Small World" ride is not due to open until the Spring of '09. Poor fella, what a disappointment. There are no lines, though, so he can ride Buzz Lightyear to his heart's content.
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