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  • Words fail me: a riding lesson...

    from Greg Best and Gem Twist.

    Greg Best scored the first grand prix win of his career aboard Gem Twist, and that pair went on to win individual and team gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.
    Now that's an Olympic standard! Really, can it get any better than that?

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    Beautiful pic!
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    • #3
      I appreciate that standard much more than the current:

      This.

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      • #4
        Amazing.
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        • #5
          Individual SILVER, Team Gold! He did a FABULOUS job with the wonderful Gem!!
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          • #6
            Didn't they clone Gem Twist?

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            • #7
              Yes. They got a chestnut colt. I remember seeing pics of him as a youngster but nothing since.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by lizloveshorses View Post
                I appreciate that standard much more than the current:

                This.
                Oh, puh-leez, of all the pics you could have picked of current riders jumping beautifully, you picked this moment in time as the "current standard" Gem Twist & Greg Best were a beautiful team - and I don't for a second want to take away from their greatness - but I'm not sure they could win against the some of the teams we have today. Words fail me. . .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BarbB View Post
                  Yes. They got a chestnut colt. I remember seeing pics of him as a youngster but nothing since.
                  Chestnut gone grey colt. They bred him to a few mares and, I think, have foals coming this year. He has also been lightly backed IIRC.
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                  • #10
                    That picture is the definition of classic beauty and elegance under saddle.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Discobold View Post
                      Oh, puh-leez, of all the pics you could have picked of current riders jumping beautifully, you picked this moment in time as the "current standard" Gem Twist & Greg Best were a beautiful team - and I don't for a second want to take away from their greatness - but I'm not sure they could win against the some of the teams we have today. Words fail me. . .
                      Now wouldn't that be fun, if we could wave a magic wand and have a GP class of all the greats!

                      Gem Twist
                      Idle Dice
                      Milton
                      Hickstead
                      Sapphire
                      Authentic
                      Touch of Class
                      Big Ben
                      For the Moment

                      Who else??

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                      • #12
                        lovely indeed..but this girl ain't too shabby either...and she wasn't even born yet in 1988
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                        • #13
                          One of my favorites

                          What a beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing.

                          Trying to fill a clinic with Greg at Middleton Equestrian Center in Charleston, SC but can't seem to muster enough interest. Can't understand why there is such a lukewarm response to a great opportunity.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wcporter View Post
                            lovely indeed..but this girl ain't too shabby either...and she wasn't even born yet in 1988

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Discobold View Post
                                Gem Twist & Greg Best were a beautiful team - and I don't for a second want to take away from their greatness - but I'm not sure they could win against the some of the teams we have today. Words fail me. . .

                                Having known Gem and Frank's training... I have NO doubt that horse would be competitive today.
                                ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Canteringkids View Post
                                  What a beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing.

                                  Trying to fill a clinic with Greg at Middleton Equestrian Center in Charleston, SC but can't seem to muster enough interest. Can't understand why there is such a lukewarm response to a great opportunity.
                                  That's a shame, because he's a really awesome teacher. He even had me feeling confident and riding tricky little courses like a pro, and if he can get ME getting consistent distances and staying organized, he's some kind of genius.

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                                  • #18
                                    The Natural
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                                    Good Twist (Gem's sire)
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
                                      Having known Gem and Frank's training... I have NO doubt that horse would be competitive today.
                                      Oh, no, I didn't mean that they wouldn't be competitive!!!! They would be, and might even win. All I meant is there are a lot of horses now - not exclusively or necessarily in the USA - that would give them a run for the money.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Discobold View Post
                                        Oh, no, I didn't mean that they wouldn't be competitive!!!! They would be, and might even win. All I meant is there are a lot of horses now - not exclusively or necessarily in the USA - that would give them a run for the money.

                                        There always has been....but they were and I believe still would be today one of the best. And I would say that there are not many today that would come close....a few, just as they had competition back in their day.

                                        I've known a lot of GP horses (and 4* eventers)--Gem was truly a special class and an absolute freak of nature.
                                        ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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