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ML replaced by Will Coleman for WEG

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  • #21
    I'm sorry the horse is injured but thrilled that ML will not be representing the US. She should never have been named to the team in the first place. Very happy for Will!


    • #22
      Originally posted by initiate1987 View Post
      I wholeheartedly hope that Kitty makes a speedy and full recovery.

      But at the same time, now we don't have to worry as much about the team being disqualified for blood!

      ETA: And I'm so happy that Will Coleman gets a chance now!
      Woo hoo.. This! Not glad about Kitty, but this is sort of Karma if you ask me!
      The eventing Gods have spoken, Go team US!!!
      Last edited by Sannois; Sep. 9, 2018, 12:15 AM.


      • #23
        Originally posted by hb View Post

        Maybe I'm out of the loop, but what would have been the purpose if this was the plan?
        Making Land Rover happy? Preventing the US and the FEI from another PR disaster if the horse bled again? Remember that it's not just the USEF making the decisions. The USEF pretty much had to nominate her after her Kentucky showing this spring, but her only FEI competition since was at Bromont where she had a refusal. And Mrs. Mars probably has a lot of influence on whether the horse should run or not. This "injury" could have just been an excuse for face saving by all parties, including the vets.
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        • #24
          Mrs Mars should spend her money on a different rider.


          • #25
            Originally posted by Belowthesalt View Post

            I attended the '78 Word Championship when the KHP opened. That was in September, with high heat and humidity. It was disastrous for the horses, and that's why Rolex/Land rover was moved to April. I wondered about the scheduling of the WE G in the summer, in the South
            Remember that these WEG were supposed to be in Canada at Bromont. Organizers had a bunch of issues and they gave it up. Only Tryon and Kentucky went for it with 2 years and change to plan. Tryon 'won'.

            That's how it got here.

            "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


            • #26
              And I also think that since Kentucky was still overall sponsored by Rolex, when FEI has gone with Longines had a bit to do with it as well. Funny that both of the big sponsors are watches when a lot of people don't even wear watches anymore.
              Another killer of threads


              • #27
                Back at ML's farm, a big box filled with red towels and labeled 'WEG' is sitting unopened.


                • #28
                  Yes, Tryon ended up as the only option because Kentucky has Rolex stadium and they would not or could not take the name down. They offered to let them put up Longines in the stadium during WEG as there was nothing in the contract with Rolex that prevented it (surprised there wasn't to be honest) but FEI said that wasn't good enough, so that left them with the only option of Tryon. Not going myself and I live fairly close. The last time I was by about 10 days ago the ramp off the interstate was still not finished, and they are doing things like banning you bringing in even a water bottle. Think it is going to be a nightmare, staying home and watching on TV.......It needs to go the way of the Olympics. Build one or two permanent facilities and stop this stupidity of building millions/billions of sites all over the world at a loss.....


                  • #29
                    Think wet might be the word of the upcoming weekend in the Carolinas...hope it drains as well as the KHP course.
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                    • #30
                      Hopefully they won't have a mudslide down the hill they were still working on a month ago. I predict it will be a shortened course. TIEC/FEI now have a way out of a course that is incomplete/rushed to finish.
                      A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.


                      • #31
                        Kentucky bid for the 2018 WEGs originally, but did not rebid after Bromont cancelled because they did not think they could pull it off in two years.

                        While the list of prohibited items for Tryon was originally quite restrictive, they did relax it after complaints. You can now bring in a sealed unopened water bottle as well as an empty bottle.



                        • #32
                          No umbrellas?


                          • #33
                            I was skeptical about this facility pulling it together, but from what I've seen on FB, they seem to be pulling it off. The traffic and parking and shuttle-ing is going to be a nightmare for spectators. And should a piece of leftover hurricane find it's way to the area, things could get really ugly. I have little confidence in new xc footing, no matter how well done (and TIEC knows how to do "well done" on footing), in the face of heavy rain.

                            I'm not that far from TIEC (90 minutes) but opted not to go myself. I hate big crowds, and am content with updates and eventual videos of rides on-line. But I hope for the horses' sakes that it all goes well. There's no doubt that this is the dawning of a new day for the Tryon/Landrum area--for better, or for worse. Probably some of both.

                            And I hate to say this kind of thing, but I'm another who is happier with the USA team today.
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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by JER View Post
                              Back at ML's farm, a big box filled with red towels and labeled 'WEG' is sitting unopened.
                              LOL well hopefully that box would it make there, they’re gunna need those towels
                              Last edited by Jealoushe; Sep. 10, 2018, 11:52 AM.
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                              • #35
                                Jeez, how do you think the Spirit of Divine Retribution feels, after going to the trouble of summoning up a hurricane just for ML and all for naught?

                                Originally posted by Jealoushe View Post

                                LOL swell hopefully that box would it make there, they’re gunna need those towels
                                All joking aside, I love Will Coleman and although it shouldn't matter, I hope he does particularly well at WEG. If I remember correctly, he had a very good go of it on Tight Lines at Kentucky but had to retire at Badminton.
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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by vineyridge View Post

                                  Making Land Rover happy? Preventing the US and the FEI from another PR disaster if the horse bled again? Remember that it's not just the USEF making the decisions. The USEF pretty much had to nominate her after her Kentucky showing this spring, but her only FEI competition since was at Bromont where she had a refusal. And Mrs. Mars probably has a lot of influence on whether the horse should run or not. This "injury" could have just been an excuse for face saving by all parties, including the vets.
                                  Yes, but that would have been achieved by not selecting her to the team in the first place, it seemed the other poster was saying the plan all along was to pull out at last minute which is what I didn't I understand.


                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by equinedriver View Post
                                    It needs to go the way of the Olympics. Build one or two permanent facilities and stop this stupidity of building millions/billions of sites all over the world at a loss.....
                                    I agree. Especially when the consensus is that decreasing open spaces is a huge problem for horses and horse people. We need to preserve open spaces, not build massive competition venues with all the trappings. For years I've called KHP "Kentucky Horse Office Park" - it seems every time I go there is a new building and one less pasture.


                                    • #38
                                      Am I the only one who found it hilarious that in the Sept 10 Horse and Hound Facebook article titled ‘Endless Tears...’ there’s a poll inserted asking readers if they support tougher penalties for those who abuse animals?


                                      • #39

                                        Im ok with this.


                                        • #40
                                          Perhaps they realized after Bromont that the only way she can get around the course and get a good finish is when she bits her horses up and draws blood. Didn’t want to deal with that and the backlash on such a large scale, and they probably knew that the foreign officials aren’t as blind and “forgiving” as the American ones.
                                          Talking to some people is like folding a fitted sheet.