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  • You Eventers are Nuts!

    After watching this fund raising video for the Australian WEG eventing team, that's the conclusion I've reached. You even make my sport of dressage look wild and wooly!

    Carry on and have fun. I'll enjoy watching you and your athletic horses from the sidelines.

    http://vimeo.com/14684763
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    Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
    After watching this fund raising video for the Australian WEG eventing team, that's the conclusion I've reached. You even make my sport of dressage look wild and wooly!

    Carry on and have fun. I'll enjoy watching you and your athletic horses from the sidelines.

    http://vimeo.com/14684763
    yes we are nuts and we wouldn't have it any other way 'cause it's soooooooooo much fun

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    • #3
      Hate to be a wet blanket, but this does make one start to question what is being asked of eventing horses these days. Must be an interesting quirk in the Aussie psyche that makes this an effective fundraising strategy.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
        After watching this fund raising video for the Australian WEG eventing team, that's the conclusion I've reached. You even make my sport of dressage look wild and wooly!

        Carry on and have fun. I'll enjoy watching you and your athletic horses from the sidelines.

        http://vimeo.com/14684763
        I'll agree that it's more sane (for me) to watch from the sidelines. Even the people seem more athletic to me as I sit here at the AEC's taking it all in. As a H/J person at my first event, I will say this: eventers may be perceived by other disciplines as being a bit more nuts than the rest, but they sure are a NICE bunch of people! I've never been to a horse show before where the exhibitors all smile and wave when they walk by (even if they have never seen you before). They're like boaters...so friendly. I love it!!!!
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        • #5
          Oh wow, I really enjoyed this one Mike!
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          • #6
            Looks like a fair number of those wee from the Gawler '86 World Championships including Mark Todds dunking in the water on Charisma. Red on the right, white on the left, insanity in the middle!

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            • #7
              I like a good crashes video as much as the next person but I don't agree with it as a promotional video. If this is what you're supposed to expect then why bother doing it? Why would I send a team to the WEG or spend ungodly sums of money on a hotel room to see people failing?
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              • #8
                I don't think it was a promotional video like, "go to the WEGs!", more like, "Give us some money so we can show everyone how awesome Aussies are!" ...My point is that the team members were shown doing fantastic jobs, but I think to make the video "fun" they showed some crazy moments.

                Some of those clips were hard to watch, however, you have to keep in mind that the video contained over 20 years of eventing.... Any sport is going to have thrills and spills over that amount of time.

                And during the dressage blow ups... I have to say I now feel better about my own tests... at least I'm not wearing a top hat and tails while my horse acts like an idiot.
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                • #9
                  Wet blanket here. . . I think a great video of some of the really great rides would have been a better advertising campaign.

                  I stopped watching as it seemed pointless and it does not represent the best of eventing.
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                  • #10
                    Strange, strange promotional fundraising video! More wrecks than the national bull riding finals! Mike is right - even dressage was insane! And I agree with PoochPaddock that eventers are a wonderful, open, friendly group who look out for each other. Quite different from the hunter world, but not so different from some parts of the jumper world.

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                    • #11
                      Maybe that video is really saying, "PLEASE give us some money so we can teach these fools how to ride." Or maybe "IF you had given us money back then we could have taught them how to ride"! Good grief. Scary stuff. However, I do wish we still had penalty zones.
                      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                      • #12
                        Some sports *do* promote themselves to the outside world with their crashes (car racing, extreme sports, even some rodeo events like bullriding).

                        Really, really don't think that's a good strategy for eventing though.

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                        • #13
                          Who was the Olympic rider at Montreal that was barely hanging on when a photographer caught her from the opposite side she was hanging off of. Apparently you could just see a hand around the horse's neck and a spur dug into the saddle that was keeping her from falling off. I think she recovered or at least made it past the penalty zone, not sure which.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by riderboy View Post
                            Red on the right, white on the left, insanity in the middle!
                            I think this needs to be put on a t-shirt. Is it yours, or did you borrow it from somewhere?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by monstrpony View Post
                              Hate to be a wet blanket, but this does make one start to question what is being asked of eventing horses these days. Must be an interesting quirk in the Aussie psyche that makes this an effective fundraising strategy.
                              I agree. Not great for the sport to have such videos out and about.

                              Most of these clips were from the 80s/90s though, yes?
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                                I think this needs to be put on a t-shirt. Is it yours, or did you borrow it from somewhere?
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                                • #17
                                  To me, it looks like they are fundraising for more riding lessons! Too much footage of falls...anybody watching who has no clue what eventing is will be turned off by so much carnage. Bad choice if you ask me!
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                                  • #18
                                    Just from reading the postings here, I won't bother watching the video. I've had my share of accidents and I don't want to see, or hear , anything negative before I ride. Sometimes I feel like I'm too easily influenced, so I don't enjoy watching any of the "thrills and spills" videos. Jane Savoie relayed an example of this in one of her books. Someone she knew was so traumatized by an accident that happened to a mutual friend the woman ended up having the same thing happen to her. Call me paranoid, I don't care
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                                      I think this needs to be put on a t-shirt. Is it yours, or did you borrow it from somewhere?
                                      Stolen from Eventing Nation

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                                      • #20
                                        Pulling the ol' flame suit out of the closet for this one!

                                        Knowing (as per the notice in the beginning) that no one, two- or four- legged was hurt in any of the spills, I quite enjoyed the video.

                                        It was well edited and the music selection was good (although I could have done without "Whip It"). And unlike others, I think that eventing can look all too easy if you just show the great rides. In order to understand just how hard it is, the uninitiated need to see some of the difficulties riders can have. I particularly liked a couple of creative horses who either decided the ditch was a much better option (and ran into and down it) or left their rider hanging on the log over the ditch. (This last actually made me giggle.)

                                        And that's what happens with the initiated, BTW. They know we're all sharing the laugh, because eventing requires a great sense of humor.

                                        I wish they had shown some clean SJ and dressage, though.

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