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  • #21
    Bottom line, it’s not ready to host this thing as promised. And that’s on a good day not at least continued heavy rain all the way to the state line and maybe windy. Hope all the visitors don’t learn not to drive into water the hard way. Some of those local roads aren’t exactly highways.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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    • #22
      Originally posted by ladyj79 View Post

      do you feel like we are right back to trying to explain how to not be awful people to people who are just bad at being decent human beings?
      Happens more often than I expect, really.
      Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
      you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by findeight View Post
        Bottom line, it’s not ready to host this thing as promised. And that’s on a good day not at least continued heavy rain all the way to the state line and maybe windy. Hope all the visitors don’t learn not to drive into water the hard way. Some of those local roads aren’t exactly highways.
        Understandably the State first responders have been "pulled" from WEG and deployed to the coast. WEG now has "County support".

        Hang in there East coasters. Take care.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by skydy View Post
          Understandably the State first responders have been "pulled" from WEG and deployed to the coast. WEG now has "County support".
          WOW. I never thought of THAT. Just wow.
          Wojjie

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            #25
            Holy Moly they have just cancelled the endurance

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            • #26
              After the debacle today, and that's a kind word for it, that's no surprise. Hopefully those teams can get out of the area, but they're probably trapped.
              Let me apologize in advance.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by ladyj79 View Post
                After the debacle today, and that's a kind word for it, that's no surprise. Hopefully those teams can get out of the area, but they're probably trapped.
                They should have no problem getting out, it will be 2 days before the hurricane arrives. But WTF.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by ladyj79 View Post
                  Hopefully those teams can get out of the area, but they're probably trapped.
                  I'm thinking people mistakenly have the theme song from "Deliverance" playing in their heads. The site if right off an East/West interstate highway 300 miles from the coast. It's closer to Atlanta than it is to the Atlantic.

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                  • #29
                    No I mean I have no clue if they'll be able to arrange shipping and flights for horses before their originally scheduled flights, because who on earth would want to hang out there?

                    dude it is so expensive and like many of these athletes pay up front and then get reimbursed by their federations that this has potential to just break some people.
                    Let me apologize in advance.

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                    • #30
                      The ATL area being a shining example of coordination between well funded counties and municipalities with lots of trained personal and equipment for dealing with weather challenges...not.
                      When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                      The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by vagabondrider View Post

                        At a normal horse show in the US, it would be the riders’ responsibility. But at any major international championship (Olympics, WEG, Panams), it’s pretty standard for the organizers to provide onsite accommodation for the grooms, including housing & food. Especially if they had said they would, as they did here. PS the shipping container lodging mentioned upthread were the 2007 Panams in Rio. By the 2016 Rio Olympics, the grooms were much better housed (according to grooms who had been to both).
                        It's not just standard, it's mandatory for all CIOs and Games for the Organizers to provide accomodations and meals for both athletes and grooms (provided the National Federations specify how many grooms are coming ahead of time). Hell, the FEI Jumping rulebook mandates that athlete hotels be at least a three-star hotel!

                        I understand that with the time constraints that Bellissimo couldn't deliver on the hotel/Athlete Village that he invisioned, but the knew well enough ahead that they would then need to find alternate housing for all of these grooms (which they knew the number of plenty early), and the fact that he then tried to manufacture the "pods" at his own factory at the last minute to make a buck is disgraceful.

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by Middleburg Misfit View Post

                          It's not just standard, it's mandatory for all CIOs and Games for the Organizers to provide accomodations and meals for both athletes and grooms (provided the National Federations specify how many grooms are coming ahead of time). Hell, the FEI Jumping rulebook mandates that athlete hotels be at least a three-star hotel!

                          I understand that with the time constraints that Bellissimo couldn't deliver on the hotel/Athlete Village that he invisioned, but the knew well enough ahead that they would then need to find alternate housing for all of these grooms (which they knew the number of plenty early), and the fact that he then tried to manufacture the "pods" at his own factory at the last minute to make a buck is disgraceful.
                          I heard they ran out of food by noon yesterday too...
                          Rhode Islands are red;
                          North Hollands are blue.
                          Sorry my thoroughbreds
                          Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :

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                          • #33
                            Fyre Festival, equestrian edition.

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                            • #34
                              And then, there’s the French approach.
                              https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...&ref=bookmarks

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                              • #35
                                Zella, that is a perfect analogy! Thank you.

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