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  • ....it is a castle.


    • You know Viney I agree. Though I like Will, I think it will be between him and MLM. I just have that gut feeling. I would have said Buck, but with the collarbone issues its iffy. Allison and Arthur are too inconsistent, though I would love to see them there I think that selectors will not take the risk.

      I was peeeeeved that Allison was not the alternate and that they chose KOC. Give someone else the chance! When was the last time Karen was not at the Olympics or the WEGs? I do hope that she slows down after these games so that others can get a shot on the team.
      I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.


      • Problem with Arthur is that he's just not good after crossing the Atlantic; but then few Americans are. Arthur has crashed and burned at every European competition he's tried to do. But maybe he's over that? I figure the 3* will decide the fifth place and the alternate.
        "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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        • Originally posted by betonbill View Post

          Wonder what Ms. Hough is being paid for her new position.
          A rather unfortunate choice of words ?
          ... _. ._ .._. .._


          • Guess it is old fashioned to try to work it out. Marriage takes work, and lots of
            it. You can bet a chick 23 years younger than the man would not be interested unless he had money, prestige, or both. And then, at 58 he's still fixated on blondes - I say grow up.

            Has he got some kind of hidden disease to give his lifespan predictions?
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            • yeah, she'll be stepmother to a Royal, which probably wouldn't mean much in GB, since he's such a CAD, but will mean a lot here because we are so celebrity crazed.

              With his lifestyle, he'll probably drop dead of a heart attack or stroke one day. On the other hand, Dick Cheney has lived a long time with a dicky heart, now replaced.
              "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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              • Ms Hough's 'new position'

                Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                A rather unfortunate choice of words ?
                you folks crack me up
                The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton


                • Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post
                  Seems to me that we have been fielding darn good teams under MP. I cannot see what the fuss is about.
                  Doesn't seem that way to most of us eventers. Ever since he started coaching the American team, there has been a very strong impression that the team was picked more on favoritism than merit/talent.

                  To the extent that, when my sister was competing at the *** level, she was very glad she was not a US citizen and didn't have to worry about doing/saying something that would turn him against her.

                  And the US has definitely dropped down in the world of Eventing under his watch.

                  You can argue whether or not is a result of his coaching/selection, but you will find very few Eventers who will agree with your statement "that we have been fielding darn good teams ."

                  How many of you who hate this man so much have ever met him? How much is your attitude coming from gossip, and Internet posts?
                  I would sat that a very large number of us have had enough personal interaction with him to form our own opinions.

                  If MP steps down or is fired because of the rantings on COTH, then it is a real shame.
                  It was announced long ago that he was stepping down after the London Olympics, and his successor has already been selected (David O'Connor).
                  Last edited by Janet; May. 5, 2012, 11:28 PM.

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                  • Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post
                    How many of you who hate this man so much have ever met him?
                    I have.

                    While I don't hate him, you can color me unimpressed.
                    ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


                    • Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                      Problem with Arthur is that he's just not good after crossing the Atlantic; but then few Americans are. Arthur has crashed and burned at every European competition he's tried to do. But maybe he's over that? I figure the 3* will decide the fifth place and the alternate.
                      I believe he did well at Luhmuehlen.


                      • Originally posted by rivenoak View Post
                        I have.

                        While I don't hate him, you can color me unimpressed.
                        I've met him. Not impressed either.
                        I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.


                        • Original Poster

                          Originally posted by vagabondrider View Post
                          I believe he did well at Luhmuehlen.
                          'WD' in the results column does not mean 'well done'

                          Arthur was withdrawn following an exciting XC round in which he spooked at something and got tangled up in the ropes of the galloping lane.


                          • Original Poster

                            The Telegraph isn't letting go.

                            Captain Mark Phillips: He’s found love in the saddle (again)


                            • Ew on both sides. Ew but so typical to him and ew don't be a homewrecker to her. Sucks to live in the public eye, eh? Tip: when you are telling yourself "it will be different with me!" you might be a...oh, I mean, you might have a problem.
                              Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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                              • Originally posted by Lord Helpus View Post
                                May I point out that he hired an Olympic rider who has been riding for over 30 years. I know that because I was there when she went into her first walk trot class on an old hony named Misty when she was 5.

                                Seriously, folks, MP is not the only person in the entire eventing world to have a say in the long list or Olympic team. And these riders are all professionals. Do you think for a minute that they would continue to take lessons from Lauren if they did not feel she was helping their horse?

                                I saw the footage of Lauren helping Sinead at Rolex. Sinead is not a novice rider who is going to take lessons from Lauren if Lauren didn't know her stuff.
                                Well, I'll disagree. To be on the team, you gotta "play the game" as they say. Riders are pressured into riding with all sorts of people they don't want to ride with--CMP to start. And if they are being pressured into riding with CMP's girlfriend, that's an ethical issue.

                                And I don't know Lauren, but I've stood around enough to know that CMP is no "coach" at all, unless denigration, insults and grunts are a new upcoming sport.
                                CMP's method of "coaching" is having considered team members run the legs off of their horses and if they happen to stay sound, hoooray!
                                "Last Horse Standing" is no way to develop, nurture, or create a winning team.
                                And Yes, I have met him.


                                • Originally posted by ise@ssl View Post
                                  I don't care who it is, President or Coach, I find adultery to be completely unacceptable and a huge character flaw. Saw my sister and too many friends go through this horrible situation. If you want to change your partner - leave before you start another relationship.
                                  THIS!! I agree completely.

                                  I don't care what adults do in their private lives as long as they clean up their own backyard before playing in someone else's. If CMP was having long term issues in his marriage, he should have divorced and moved on before shacking up with someone here and making a big deal of it.

                                  Regarding Lauren Hough, I fault her just as much. She has a choice whether to be in that relationship or not. Whether she instigated it or whether she simply went along with overtures from CMP she is still part of the equation.


                                  • There are such good, old words for men like CMP. "Cad" and "Bounder" come to mind immediately. It just struck me that possibly "bounder" is because the person bounds from one relationship to the next.

                                    There are also words for Ms. Hough, but very few are not X-rated.
                                    "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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                                    • Sadly this is a sign of the times, and he is not the only one who is expected to be held to a higher standard and does not achieve the goal.

                                      What does he look like these days - just curious!
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                                      • From a year ago at Zara's wedding:



                                        • Originally posted by SnicklefritzG View Post
                                          Oh, that can't possibly be him. All the men in those pictures have their pants on.