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  • #41
    Originally posted by Velvet View Post
    Dover has NEVER really quit. Dover says he's retired, then he reappears. I won't accept that one until I never see him in the show ring, trying for the Olympic team, again.

    I mean people who quit entirely. Not just showing. They've left the sport after making it to the top.
    Ah, yes.... Robert Dover is the James Brown of dressage. LOL

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    • #42
      yes.... Robert Dover is the James Brown of dressage. LOL
      Except that RD is still very much alive.

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      • #43
        riders that "quit" in their prime

        -Tad Coffin... I rode with him when he was teaching at Westmoreland Davis. I think even then, 1988-1990, he really never competed... I don't think I ever saw him compete at all. So if he was in the Olympics in 1976, when does anyone remember him competing after that? Did he ever have another horse to ride as fabulous as Bally Cor? What a great mare she was! He rode and taught while I was at the school, and I know even then he was designing saddles, I think with Crosby, but as far as "professional upper level riding and competition,"... I don't think so...

        Ginny Leng, another favorite that seemed to just dissapear from competition...

        and what about Nicole Uphoff? I know she is still training, but why hasn't she had more international sucess after the amazing Rembrandt? What is she up to?

        THANKS in advance...
        Lori
        Fly Teddy Fly!
        Connemara's Rock!
        RIP Reilly Go Bragh

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        • #44
          Cass Elliot.....Ham Sandwich....

          if these people aren't in the american websites and magazines every month then they aren't doing anything?

          most people don't get ANY rembrandts in their life. to have more than one would be improbable.
          Last edited by slc2; Jan. 3, 2008, 07:24 AM.

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          • #45
            ICW 579

            What level did your mom and dad compete?

            A friend and I were wondering the other day but could not remember. You dad is/was a showjumper right or did he also event?

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            • #46
              LD1129 You have a PM

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              • #47
                Originally posted by LisaB View Post
                Mike Plumb still events
                Matz didn't event, maybe dabbled in it
                Ab Lufkin
                Mark Todd
                Blythe Tait
                Ian Stark
                David OC
                Rodney Jenkins really never got out of racing. His brother still has the farm here in Montpelier
                Tad Coffin does saddles
                Ian Stark and David OC only retired from upper level competitions and their annouinced intention was to continue riding/training youngsters and coach- whether that happened or not, do not know.
                There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)

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                • #48
                  gerd zuther, karl milkolka
                  \"You have two choices when a defining moment comes along - you can either define the moment, or let the moment define you.\" Tin Cup

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                  • #49
                    Who was the young blonde who was a student of Robert Dover's years ago....her picture was in magazines, seemed she was really going somewhere with it....if memory serves correctly, she had two horses..one a stallion and he died.....she faded from the scene right after that...I remember an article about her in DT..she was dyslexic and would practice her pirouettes on foot....I, for the life of me cannot remember her name.

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                    • #50
                      Gerd Zuther is still teaching & riding.

                      A person who I believe did give it up (and was the first woman to ride for America) Marjorie Haines (Gill).
                      I.D.E.A. yoda

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                      • #51
                        Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                        Who was the young blonde who was a student of Robert Dover's years ago....her picture was in magazines, seemed she was really going somewhere with it....if memory serves correctly, she had two horses..one a stallion and he died.....she faded from the scene right after that...I remember an article about her in DT..she was dyslexic and would practice her pirouettes on foot....I, for the life of me cannot remember her name.
                        I remember that article. I think the rider was Lea Anne Neal (already mentioned on this thread) but I'm not 100% sure.

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                        • #52
                          Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                          Who was the young blonde who was a student of Robert Dover's years ago....her picture was in magazines, seemed she was really going somewhere with it....if memory serves correctly, she had two horses..one a stallion and he died.....she faded from the scene right after that...I remember an article about her in DT..she was dyslexic and would practice her pirouettes on foot....I, for the life of me cannot remember her name.
                          It was Lea Anne Neal. She and Melinda both rode with Robert and both pretty much dropped out at the top of their game as far as I know.

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                            #53
                            I think slc is just being more obtuse than usual, everyone. Just ignore her, the way I usually do. (Too bad I forgot to log in this morning before perusing this post. )

                            As I've said, not disappeared, QUIT. And quit after they reached the top of the game.

                            Some of the names I've seen really have left horse sports all together, some still dabble, but don't do it the same way anymore. BTW, I thought that David O was still teaching and doing some training, as well as heading up the USEF.
                            "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                            • #54
                              I believe Linda Zang is still very well into horses. She recently did a clinic (read it in a magazine) and still has her farm in Maryland (I live in the general area of her farm and drive past it quite often, very nice place from what I've seen).

                              I'm sure Lendon Grey is still active. I saw somewhere online that she is either HAVING a clinic or recently had one and was given congrats. Eh, its either or.
                              I Ride A Pony,
                              Because I'm Too Short
                              For A Horse

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                              • #55
                                Cass Elliot...Ham Sandwich.....

                                Not really, people are mentioning all these names of people who HAVEN'T quit. It sounds like one of those Geico commercials for the Cabbage Patch doll that grew up.

                                Linda Zang is riding, training, teaching, clinicing, judging all over the world. Petrushkova never went to another olympics but she worked in research, sold horses, taught and did a ton of things for decades after. Just not in american horse magazines.

                                there are a couple different categories.

                                Quit riding.

                                Quit competing.

                                Quit training, clinicing, judging.

                                Quit doing the one thing that drew American magazine attention to them, so everyone thinks they died, went mad, or joined a Buddhist monastery in Bhutan.

                                Don't have a horse winning 1st place at the world championships any more so everything thinks they ....etc.

                                Have absolutely nothing to do with horses any more.

                                I think most people who made the papers at one time or another, usually keep at something to do with horses.

                                A rider is very lucky to have one top horse. Everything has to come together at the same time. To expect someone to crank out Rembrandt after Rembrandt for the next 50 yrs is unrealistic and unfair pressure. The odds of getting another horse like that just aren't there.

                                Many people get sick of competing or judging or whatever - so what, it's their life to spend as they wish. It's a lot of traveling and it's very hard mentally - imagine being subjected endlessly to character assassination on multiple bulletin boards and from gossipy rail birds. It gets old. The qualification process is a gauntlet. People get tired of it.

                                People have children, their life circumstances change, money runs out, they want to spend their money on something else....I don't think most people 'stay at the top' or near it, doing the same exact thing forever. I sure hope not. It seems quite taken for granted by most Europeans, that riders will get to a certain age and follow other pursuits.
                                Last edited by slc2; Jan. 4, 2008, 12:24 PM.

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                                • #56
                                  I read a letter written by Lendon Gray today in which she says "I cannot ride anymore".
                                  Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson

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                                    #57
                                    Originally posted by Laurel&HollyFarm View Post
                                    I read a letter written by Lendon Gray today in which she says "I cannot ride anymore".
                                    Can't ride at all? Or just can't compete? If she can't even sit on a horse, how sad is that? You know it would never be her choice to not sit on a horse again.
                                    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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                                    • #58
                                      Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                                      Can't ride at all? Or just can't compete? If she can't even sit on a horse, how sad is that? You know it would never be her choice to not sit on a horse again.
                                      The letter was in response to the proposed rule change, but it sure sounded like can't ride at all. So very sad .
                                      Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson

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                                      • #59
                                        eye strain?

                                        -most likely, but for a while there I read this thread as "top riders who quilt" and I kept wondering why the moderators didn't move it to off-course (and what an obscure question that was). I get it now.

                                        ...now back to your regularly scheduled program...
                                        Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation

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                                        • #60
                                          I heard over the summer that Gerd Zuther closed up shop and went for a cruise.

                                          His contact info is no longer on the Peak Rock Farm website. Where did he go???
                                          Last edited by yankeeclipper; Jan. 5, 2008, 02:47 PM.
                                          \"You have two choices when a defining moment comes along - you can either define the moment, or let the moment define you.\" Tin Cup

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