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Awesome Photo: Keen and Hilda Gurney

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  • Awesome Photo: Keen and Hilda Gurney

    Some may have forgotten how good a Thoroughbred can look at Grand Prix.

    Last edited by Mike Matson; Dec. 6, 2012, 08:18 PM.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    Love them.


    • #3
      Good horse! Love him!
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      • #4
        My (Half TB) mare looks JUST like that, only she's got two white socks.

        No, really!

        Trouble is that I'm no Hilda.


        • #5
          Hilda is such an incredibly effective rider. She rode my big boy at a clinic and her effect on him was almost shocking. He was a sensitive boy with big gaits, and he was mesmerized from the moment she picked up the reins-even my trainer wholeheartedly agreed she'd never seen him go better-more relaxed, balanced, full of schwung. And luckily I have it on tape

          Hilda is truly one of the greatest dressage treasures we have in the US.


          • #6
            The TB Sea Lord ridden by Silva Martin also looked lovely, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8IFlknNIU here they are at 2011 PVDA R4L
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            • #7
              Hard to believe that was so many decades ago now... they were an inspiration to so many, including me! (His name was Keen though, no E).
              Proud COTH lurker since 2001.


              • #8
                Amazing photo!
                ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~


                • #9
                  Originally posted by baylady7 View Post
                  The TB Sea Lord ridden by Silva Martin also looked lovely, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8IFlknNIU here they are at 2011 PVDA R4L
                  This horse has a fascinating pedigree.
                  "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

                  Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump


                  • #10
                    Thoroughbreds are so, so elegant.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post
                      This horse has a fascinating pedigree.
                      Wow...I'll say!


                      • #12
                        Wonderful photo!


                        • #13
                          Gives me hope that maybe one day my little TB will figure out how to do a proper medium trot! May hang that picture in his stall.


                          • #14
                            If that photo is from a Grand Prix test, then it would be an extended trot: no medium trot in the Grand Prix.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by alicen View Post
                              If that photo is from a Grand Prix test, then it would be an extended trot: no medium trot in the Grand Prix.
                              I'm not aiming for Grand Prix...just a good medium in my Prelim tests. My point was Keen would inspire my horse to actually REACH a little more.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by baylady7 View Post
                                The TB Sea Lord ridden by Silva Martin also looked lovely, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx8IFlknNIU here they are at 2011 PVDA R4L
                                Loved it!! Thanks for sharing!!!

                                (Loved Keen's pic too )


                                • #17
                                  Anyone care to educate me? Why does the left hind look so far out behind?


                                  • #18
                                    Because it is. Cool photo, too.


                                    • #19
                                      LOL. The saddle looks so tiny compared to what we see today. Although I've only heard her on video, I love Hilda's voice and way of teaching.
                                      Groom to trainer: "Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!"


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by CFFarm View Post
                                        LOL. The saddle looks so tiny compared to what we see today. Although I've only heard her on video, I love Hilda's voice and way of teaching.
                                        Ha! Spend a week riding with her and "love" may take on a new meaning.

                                        I rode in a clinic with Bo Jena last week. I told my trainer that on the one hand, I wish she taught like that every day, and on the other ... I was glad she didn't.

                                        She said we'd all have meltdowns if she did ... and my memory went zinging back to weeks with Hilda. As a teacher she's effective partly because she takes no prisoners. She's effective as a rider, too, partly because she knows when to push and how to reward.