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The Latest Video of the Totilas/Gal Freestyle at Hickstead

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  • The Latest Video of the Totilas/Gal Freestyle at Hickstead

    Courtesy of Ecogold.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEMHt...layer_embedded

    I just wish they would find some better music for this horse. He deserves better.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    You could volunteer to put one together for them!
    Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
      Courtesy of Ecogold.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEMHt...layer_embedded

      I just wish they would find some better music for this horse. He deserves better.
      Three times a 9 and two times a 10 for the music

      Please not the music from the 50's which Matson prefers

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
        You could volunteer to put one together for them!
        OMG Please

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        • #5
          wow....

          i hear that music and those bells

          Bonnnnggg!
          Bonnnnggg!

          and i hear the death knell of dressage -

          honestly - i just don't get what everyone sees in these rides.... yeah, the horse is talented but how he is ridden???? not my cup o tea and not what i consider top dressage should be.

          lookout park here comes extreme dressage full out.

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          • #6
            There is a video on topdressage with the music restored and the comments deleted. Wooooowser.

            @ mbm : thats why you will always stay at training level

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Going4Gold View Post

              @ mbm : thats why you will always stay at training level
              i always love these kinds of comments. i am bad and a horrible rider because i dont happen to buy into the popular type of dressage......

              ummmm, yeah.....

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              • #8
                Originally Posted by Going4Gold View Post

                @ mbm : thats why you will always stay at training level
                Les choses sont-elles un peau calmes et lentes chez vous, mon petit lapin ?

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                • #9
                  I agree with Mike. That music sucked.

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                  • #10
                    The music is waaay heavy. He did the same thing with Lingh.

                    A light-moving horse deserves light music, not the gongs and chants and stuff.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by chancellor2 View Post
                      I agree with Mike. That music sucked.

                      I Loved the music, especially the bells. It was windy at Hickstead so maybe it didn't come over the speakers on to video that well but it was one of the most amazing tests/rides i have ever seen.
                      Not technically perfect in every step but for a 9yr new to the level horse - brilliant. And the music was atmospheric, memorable and enhanced the performance.

                      Of course, that is only my opinion. And that of the judges, the other riders, the trainers and the many people that were actually there and gave the horse a standing ovation.

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                      • #12
                        fiona - just think how boring it would be if everyone thought and felt exactly the same! we might as well be ants or bees (or borgs!)

                        i respect the horses inherent ability - i personally think it would be put to better use and be much more beautiful, under a different rider......

                        as for him being 9 - hopefully he will stand up the rigors of top dressage and not disappear like some other super horses we could mention.

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                        • #13
                          Hey guys, be nice!
                          It worked for Optimus Prime and Totilas may have the AllSpark.
                          Yes, I spend too much time around adolescent boys so that may influence me a bit.

                          It is interesting the different preferences for music in the US and Europe.
                          See those flying monkeys? They work for me.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by nhwr View Post
                            Hey guys, be nice!
                            It worked for Optimus Prime and Totilas may have the AllSpark.
                            Yes, I spend too much time around adolescent boys so that may influence me a bit.

                            It is interesting the different preferences for music in the US and Europe.
                            On the other hand, it's the only way I'll ever be able to get my 9 1/2 year old son to watch a freestyle with me

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                            • #15
                              You can speculate all you like about how any horse would be under a different rider but you can't possibly know how that would have worked and the chances of seeing it with this horse are about nil.

                              What you ought to consider is just how many top level riders - including US team members - turned this horse down because they didn't recognise it's ability or they wouldn't take the risk.... or whatever. It takes vision and talent to spot and develop a GP horse and some people just don't have it.

                              So, of course it's ok to disagree and stand by your own opinion - just as long as you know you're wrong!!!!

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                              • #16
                                No doubt about it, they are a brilliant pair

                                I think too there is something to be said for seeing them go in person. There can be sort of collective consciousness thing going on for a good ride at a show. It would have been fab to have been there. You just can't get that same buzz from a video.
                                See those flying monkeys? They work for me.

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                                • #17
                                  Youtube is known for their bad quality of both picture and sound

                                  I just watched this version :


                                  http://www.viddler.com/explore/hickstead2009/videos/17/

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by fiona View Post
                                    I Loved the music, especially the bells. It was windy at Hickstead so maybe it didn't come over the speakers on to video that well but it was one of the most amazing tests/rides i have ever seen.
                                    Not technically perfect in every step but for a 9yr new to the level horse - brilliant. And the music was atmospheric, memorable and enhanced the performance.

                                    Of course, that is only my opinion. And that of the judges, the other riders, the trainers and the many people that were actually there and gave the horse a standing ovation.

                                    The judges have been known to give Anky 7s for her non-halts too. Doesn't mean they are good. You are entitled to your opinion but no more entitled to yours as I am to mine.
                                    I hated the music and thought something lighter would definitely enhance the performance even more.

                                    I just watched the version torontodressage posted. I liked the music a little more but still thought it was too heavy for such a light horse.

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                                    • #19
                                      The movement reads
                                      1. A Enter in collected canter
                                      X halt - immobility- salute
                                      Proceed in collected trot
                                      XC collected trot.

                                      The directive ideas reads
                                      Quality of the paces, halt, and transitions.
                                      Straightness.
                                      Contact and poll.

                                      Presumably the 3 missing marks were not awarded to reflect the inadequate elements of the required exercise?

                                      Out of interest, which music did you like, or do you like from current competitors? the differences between european/us/uk taste is noticeable, i liked Ravels from the WC though.

                                      I agree the viddler.com video is much better quality and reflects the atmosphere - look at the crowd reaction - it's england, we don't cheer like that for our own competitors, and look at the points. During the show he got low marks for the walk and the mistakes and i'm sure some comments on the frame, forelegs in the extension etc etc but where it was good he was unbelievable good!
                                      Last edited by fiona; Jul. 28, 2009, 04:01 PM.

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                                      • #20
                                        You have 2 marks for the halts in the GPFS which average out at the end. So if he gets a 5 for the first and a 9 for the last thats a 7.

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