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Ah, Nina.. I envy your life

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  • Ah, Nina.. I envy your life

    Looks like she has her Olympic mount.

    So jealous.. she now has what? 5? 6? upper level mounts in her care? The opportunities she has been presented with are just astounding. I hope she does well with the privileges she is given and I look forward to seeing how she does with Butts Leon.
    "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."

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  • #2
    awesomeness, I think it's pretty neat (and refreshing) to see a hard working young rider have such a deep bench.
    Last edited by NRB; Aug. 3, 2011, 10:14 AM. Reason: attempt to correct grammer sins

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    • #3
      well, I hope she got some sort of discount due to the fact that is the ugliest horse name I have ever heard.

      The pressure must be pretty high to perform as well -- I would never know but I imagine that she has her hard days just like the rest of us, except everyone notices when she makes mistakes. Not sure I'd want that for myself.

      Best of luck to Nina and her new mount.

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      • #4
        Count me in with the "I'm so jealous" group.

        I should follow along behind her in hopes that she leaves her wallet unattended.

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        • #5
          Best of luck to her and her new mount, despite his horrible name, lol.
          Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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          • #6
            It's hard to believe the German Olympic committee let him go after what they did to save Sam for their Team. He is one of the absolute premier event horses in the world, but perhaps his age made him available. Or perhaps the Germans decided that Dibowski's Fantasia FRH who won Pau last year is his mount for next years Olympics.

            The Butts in his name is for his breeder, Herr Friedrich (sp) Butt, who died a couple of years ago. He bred TBs to Hanoverian branded mares for generations, and Leon is something like 31/32 TB. Herr Butt was one of the truly great event horse breeders, and Ingrid Klimke has one of his currently as her top mount--Butts Abraxxis.

            Since Euroridings probably won't be sponsoring Ms. Ligon, the horse will probably compete as Butts Leon.
            "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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            • #7
              The horse is 18 years old. Per the Chronicle story, he was purchased to give Nina another schoolmaster to practice on, so they can keep the miles down on her Olympic mount (Fernhill Fearless). Sounds like a good situation for the horse. If only all ULRs could find riders with lots of cash to buy their near-retirement horses to be used as spares!

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              • #8
                i've tried to convince her mom to adopt me I told her I come with a cute pony... it hasn't worked yet, but I'm not giving up

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                • #9
                  Butts Leon is a 1997. That makes him 14.

                  I think this is a great move for Nina. I hope she learns a lot from him.

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                  • #10
                    From what I've heard of Nina she is a consummate horseman. This is probably the best situation for a 14 year old veteran.


                    Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. ~Harold Coffin
                    Last edited by PonyGal08; Aug. 3, 2011, 01:50 PM. Reason: spelling error
                    You know you're a horse person when your mother, who has no grandchildren, gets cards addressed to Grandma, signed by the horses, cats, and dogs.

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                      #11
                      If I were in her situation I would probably have done the same thing. There is nothing like an experienced horse to really get you the mileage that you need at that level. Not that she isn't already getting that mileage but it will make her that much more confident when she brings a horse to its first Advanced/4* event. I think it's smart. I am extremely envious of her but from what I have gathered about her she seems like a well educated equestrienne. Also I love her coach, Kim Severson so that puts me even further in her camp of supporters. I also hope she can have some success with Paddy, perhaps at the 3* level. I saw he pulled 4 rails last weekend in stadium but I believe they still finished a respectable 5th or 6th. He will also be a good horse for her to gain mileage on, especially in the XC realm. That horse is a friggin' XC machine.
                      "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."

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                        Also - my bad. I guess I didn't realize that Fernhill Fearless was her Olympic mount as it stands now assuming she gets the nod.
                        "Lord if we should fall, my horse and I, please pick my horse up first."

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                        • #13
                          I once envied someone who had all I thought I wanted. When I was included in the inner workings and communications I became less envious and realized all that is required of one who "has those opportunities".

                          The "special one" carries a very heavy load and while there are many horse related opportunities, non-horse activities are normally dropped. Which helps to explain why there are so many at the lower levels and only a few at the very top.
                          "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
                          Courtesy my cousin Tim

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                          • #14
                            I can't imagine the pressure of having all of these lovely horses to ride with the world watching. Much luck to her--she is a very nice girl from all I've seen.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fooler View Post
                              I once envied someone who had all I thought I wanted. When I was included in the inner workings and communications I became less envious and realized all that is required of one who "has those opportunities".

                              The "special one" carries a very heavy load and while there are many horse related opportunities, non-horse activities are normally dropped. Which helps to explain why there are so many at the lower levels and only a few at the very top.
                              oh wah!

                              I'm sure there are lots of people willing to give up plenty to be in Nina's position.

                              Best of luck to Nina though!

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                              • #16
                                She has so many choices; one or more of her super mounts will probably be sound for London, and she'll probably ride the soundest at the time. Now if she could just get Paddy to SJ . . .

                                Originally posted by mustangsal85 View Post
                                Also - my bad. I guess I didn't realize that Fernhill Fearless was her Olympic mount as it stands now assuming she gets the nod.
                                "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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                                • #17
                                  Best Of Luck Nina!

                                  I love that Limp BizKitsong,

                                  "...Life is overwhelming. Heavy is the head that wears the crown id love to be the one to disappoint you when I don't fall down...."

                                  Go Nina!
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                                  • #18
                                    Good for her and the horse! Stories like this give me encouragement to keep work for my goals (although they are not so grand). I think Nina is a very good role model and I am excited to see where her career goes in the future!

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                                    • #19
                                      Oh barf. Show me someone who has succeeded despite the hand they've been dealt, not because of it, and I'll be impressed.
                                      Fear is the rocket sauce.
                                      Jack Black

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                                      • #20
                                        This is going to get ugly fast, methinks... Popcorn anyone?
                                        Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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