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Question: It is VanDIVE-er or Van divver?

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  • Question: It is VanDIVE-er or Van divver?

    I am curious how the horse's name is pronounced. The horse is from Alabama, where we have a town named Vandiver, but it's not pronounced like "diver" as in SCUBA diver, it's pronounced 'van div er' -

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    I hear the horse referred to as van-DEE-vurr

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    • #3
      I've heard it pronounced as both by announcers, but come to think of it, If there's a town with that name, that makes a great deal of sense.

      I've always said "Van-DIVER" in my head, when I see the word on the page.

      I know his barn name is Quinn, maybe I should just start saying that!
      Last edited by Impractical Horsewoman; Jul. 9, 2019, 05:57 PM.
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      • #4
        When i went to Rolex a few years ago with friends of his owner and hung out with them and Debi, they were all calling him VAN-dih-ver. So that's what I've always called him. Since Debi is the one that bred and named him, I'm going with her pronunciation

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          Originally posted by RainWeasley View Post
          When i went to Rolex a few years ago with friends of his owner and hung out with them and Debi, they were all calling him VAN-dih-ver. So that's what I've always called him. Since Debi is the one that bred and named him, I'm going with her pronunciation
          Yes, if he's VAN dih ver to Debi, then it's pronounced like the town here in Alabama. Thank you!!

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          • #6
            Omg I thought I just heard him on the Heels Down Happy Hour call him Van DIVE er. Am I going crazy?!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LovieBird View Post
              Omg I thought I just heard him on the Heels Down Happy Hour call him Van DIVE er. Am I going crazy?!
              I have heard his groom refer to him as Van DIVE er as well.
              No Trouble
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              • #8
                I did the Google, and Doug said "Van-Diver"

                https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/vid...horse-vandiver

                and here:

                https://eventingnation.com/ride-the-...-and-vandiver/
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                • #9
                  Doug also has helmet cams on his You Tube channel and I am sure I hear Van Diver.


                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-_T3ggwlb8
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                  • #10
                    Yeah I think Doug does call him Van Diver, I heard him say it like that a few times. It's a weird name that apparently can be pronounced however the heck you want to pronounce it. I honestly just usually say Quinn at this point

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                      #11
                      I asked them on FB- and yes, the office Doug Payne Eventing LLP answer is...Van Diver

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                      • #12
                        It's pronounced, “Quinn”. . I gave him his barn name as a foal. I named him after my very best friend, Shelley Quinn. Debi Crowley, his breeder/owner gave him his registered name, Vandiver with the long vowel “i” I think.
                        However come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever heard her call him Vandiver. At least not at the barn

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cruiser12 View Post
                          It's pronounced, “Quinn”. . I gave him his barn name as a foal. I named him after my very best friend, Shelley Quinn. Debi Crowley, his breeder/owner gave him his registered name, Vandiver with the long vowel “i” I think.
                          However come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever heard her call him Vandiver. At least not at the barn
                          Thank you so much for chiming in! It's so cool when "the source" is on the forums and the debate can be settled (and confirmed on FB). FWIW, I love both his registered name and his barn name. I makes me think of the old song "The Mighty Quinn." (And a mighty talented horse he is.)
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                          • #14
                            I, too, am originally from Alabama and have friends who live in VAN dah ver. When I mentioned that pronunciation to Doug, he stated emphatically, Van DIVER, not VAN dah ver. Occasionally, I slip and call him VAN dah ver in front of Doug. I should probably stick to "Quinn", too.
                            When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Auburn View Post
                              I, too, am originally from Alabama and have friends who live in VAN dah ver. When I mentioned that pronunciation to Doug, he stated emphatically, Van DIVER, not VAN dah ver. Occasionally, I slip and call him VAN dah ver in front of Doug. I should probably stick to "Quinn", too.
                              I honestly like VAN-divver better than Van DIVER for that reason, the one here in Bama is pronounced that way so it makes more sense to me I don't know what a Van DIVER is!

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                              • #16
                                Crotchety English major here - in general, a vowel followed by one consonant will be given a long sound, for example, "Ivy" is pronounced with a long "I." If a vowel is followed by two consonants - such as "iffy" you will have a short vowel sound. Or like "apple" - one vowel followed by two consonants gives the short "a" sound.

                                Of course, when it comes to proper names - people do whatever they want.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Shagyas Rock View Post
                                  Crotchety English major here - in general, a vowel followed by one consonant will be given a long sound, for example, "Ivy" is pronounced with a long "I." If a vowel is followed by two consonants - such as "iffy" you will have a short vowel sound. Or like "apple" - one vowel followed by two consonants gives the short "a" sound.

                                  Of course, when it comes to proper names - people do whatever they want.
                                  ^
                                  this!! Almost always true!

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