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  • Mclain Ward: True horsemanship

    This is pretty old but I was just thinking about it especially after that *shall not be named* thread and how great he was at the Olympics. If anyone saw that Animal Planet showing in Aachen a couple of weeks ago before the Olympics then you probablly saw them interview him. I just wanted to say how amazing he is. In his interview he never said "I won this..." and listed his amazing riding acomplishment he always said "SHE won this and SHE did this FOR me." He was so humble and praised his horse for SO much and he is always giving her all the credit for what they have won together. He always says he would never be where he is without her. That is true horsemanship. Especially when he had to deal with all of what his father did and how he will always be looked as exceptionally hard because of that. He is truley an amazing rider and horse person and I think right now he deserves some special reconization for it.

    Also, I'm not saying anything that people shouldn't say that they won things he's just amazing.

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    Can't wait to watch him on Thursday! It's on NBC now, yippee! From the one ride on Sunday, Sapphire sure looked like a relaxed and happy horse.

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    • #3
      I totally agree. I love watching his rides and am excited to see two more!!

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      • #4
        Saphire is a fabulous horse and Mclain is a great great rider!! They're gonna give Eric & Hickstead a run for their money on Thursday... but this time Canada's gonna get it!!
        "Disapproval of the way other people run their businesses and treat their horses is the meat and drink of the hunter-jumper industry."
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        • #5
          Big congratulations to McLain and the other team members -- well done! I was thinking yesterday about all that McLain has gone through, all the obstacles he had to face as a very young man, and how well-deserved his win is for him and his wonder mare.

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          Anyway, I agree with the poster who implored people to leave their nastiness and cynicism at the door. Who are these people that write such things, anyway? They sound like a bunch of disgruntled ex-employees or jealous and bitter do-nothings. Is it possible, for just once, to be generous of heart and truly happy for other people when success finds them?
          Last edited by Moderator 1; Aug. 20, 2008, 09:15 AM. Reason: reference to deleted post
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          • #6
            Sundown - don't worry about the trolls. School will start soon and they'll go away; or their probation will be revoked.



            Congratulations to McLain Ward. Wear the gold proudly, you and your horse earned it.
            Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
            Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
            -Rudyard Kipling

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            • #7
              Point is these 4 people on fabulous horses bested the entire world. Let us focus on that and congratulate them for it!
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              Last edited by Moderator 1; Aug. 20, 2008, 09:15 AM. Reason: reference to deleted post

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              • #8
                great rider but hardly a horseman...check out how many times he's gotten in trouble with the FEI....
                Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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                • #9
                  Let's talk about the fact that tall of us arm chair quarterbacks sure as hell can't do what Will or McClain just did...reputations or not. And, before you point fingers, read the back of the USEF magazine with all the set downs...I don't see Will or McClain!
                  Can you stress-fracture your brain?

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                  • #10
                    selective memory is a wonderful thing!

                    Not everyone would agree that a rider who ever thought it was a good idea to put shards in his horse's boots so the horse would experience pain if it hit a pole qualifies as a paragon of true horsemanship.

                    Flame away. If you start a gushy thread about someone like this, you can't expect everyone to drink your koolaid.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Heineken View Post
                      Let's talk about the fact that tall of us arm chair quarterbacks sure as hell can't do what Will or McClain just did...reputations or not. And, before you point fingers, read the back of the USEF magazine with all the set downs...I don't see Will or McClain!
                      Who said anything about riding the thread said horseman.. Won't even go into what his father has done and you combine that with the things he's done they aren't an impressive pair.. No doubt he's a great rider. Sitting at the Summmer Lex KY show last night it was interesting to listen to everyone say it was Will who clinched the gold for us.
                      Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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                      • #12
                        As far as McLain - yeah, he can ride and he knows how to do an interview. OOOOH, AHHHH, WHAT A HORSEMAN!!! PU-LEASE ....

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                        • #13
                          Its amazing what people

                          Are willing to forget!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by YankeeLawyer View Post
                            Big congratulations to McLain and the other team members -- well done! I was thinking yesterday about all that McLain has gone through, all the obstacles he had to face as a very young man, and how well-deserved his win is for him and his wonder mare.

                            [edit]

                            Anyway, I agree with the poster who implored people to leave their nastiness and cynicism at the door. Who are these people that write such things, anyway? They sound like a bunch of disgruntled ex-employees or jealous and bitter do-nothings. Is it possible, for just once, to be generous of heart and truly happy for other people when success finds them?
                            Then don't start a thread with the name McLain Ward and horseman in the same sentence maybe it should have read McLain Ward a great rider..
                            Last edited by Moderator 1; Aug. 20, 2008, 09:17 AM. Reason: quote
                            Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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                              #15
                              I'm not going into the past and what he might have done. I don't know, I'm pretty sure I was way to young to hear about in anyway. I'm just talking about right now. For the past 4 years from what I have seen and heard he has been quite a horseman...I should have thought about it more but I didn't. Right now this is what I have observed.

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                              • #16
                                We've removed/edited several comments re: unproven accusations about past events related to specific individuals. If you want to discuss how substantiated past events affect opinions of Olympians as horsemen, etc., you're welcome to do so, though the topic has been addressed at length in previous threads.

                                Any discussion must be based upon proven facts and be related to the main topic of the thread.

                                Thanks,
                                Mod 1
                                Last edited by Moderator 1; Aug. 20, 2008, 09:54 AM.

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                                • #17
                                  Thank you for that!

                                  I, for one, would like to see you respond even quicker and more pointedly.

                                  These threads are quickly disintegrating and are a poor reflection on the posters and Chronicle Forums.

                                  How about a rule that personal vendettas, slurs, and even legitimate discussions of someone's actual or alleged misdeeds be posted under a topic specifically identified for that purpose. Otherwise it is out of bounds in the subject matter forum.

                                  I am on the brink of not wanting to come to this site any more because of the negativity, judgment, and venom pouring forth.

                                  While the bad, and even criminal, behavior in the horse world is deplorable, the power anonymous posters feel to relentlessly grind someone into dirt is unacceptable, too.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by egontoast View Post
                                    Not everyone would agree that a rider who ever thought it was a good idea to put shards in his horse's boots so the horse would experience pain if it hit a pole qualifies as a paragon of true horsemanship.

                                    Flame away. If you start a gushy thread about someone like this, you can't expect everyone to drink your koolaid.
                                    Thank-you! Intentional cruelty is not a mistake, it is a lack of respect & caring for an animal that he earns his living from. How is that anything to do with horsemanship? That is NEVER something you "pay your dues for". It is "who he IS", and how he was raised - ya know, that ole "apple falling from the tree thing".

                                    I guess some people have stars in their eyes, and are on the same thought process - anything for success or a gold medal. Sad.

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                                    • #19
                                      Sapphire is my Superhero

                                      Wow I love this horse! She is so fantastic! And McLain...he can ride anything and make it a champion! We at EquiFit are so honored to work with him and to put T-Boots on all his rides. Can't wait for Thursday!!!!!!

                                      Travis Day
                                      EquiFit, inc.

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                                      • #20
                                        HORSEBACKRIDER, the past is always with us so don't try to hind it under the carpet as if it were a little dirt!
                                        http://www.talloaksfarm.net ---"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." --- Winston Churchill

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