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  • Is this a new record?

    Boyd has 12 horses running this weekend at Fair Hill!
    Wow!
    Is that a record?
    Even duct tape can't fix stupid

  • #2
    I don't know about a record, but that makes me tired. Very very tired just thinking about it.

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    • #3
      That's a lot of tests and courses to remember -- every time I've watched Karen O try to do that with 6 or 7, she forgets the course with at least one and gets the big E. I get tired after ONE horse.....sheesh.
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      • #4
        I wish I were that fit...
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        • #5
          Honestly- and best of luck to him-
          But, if one of those horses was mine, I'd be kind of peeved. I'm sure he is very fit, and will try to give each horse the best ride, but not sure how that hectic of a schedule would pan out for giving each horse a thoughtful and thorough warm up, and really, the best, most alert and thoughtful ride. Fatigue is a funny thing.

          And not sure what that means in terms of safety. Hopefully the thought is that some will be scratched.

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          • #6
            I am exhausted after riding just one around Novice; I couldn't imagine 12, especially with a bunch at the upper levels .

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            • #7
              I pity his working student(s). I'm exhausted just thinking about it
              Blugal

              You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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              • #8
                Now look guys.
                This horse trial takes place over three days, one phase each day. (The April one).
                There is plenty of time to walk the courses. He's a consummate professional. He's done this kind of stuff in his sleep. He gives each horse an excellent ride. I've seen many hunter jumper professionals ride 20-30 rounds in one day on 6-8 different horses and not forget the course. He's been riding this many for a long time on a daily basis -- it's his "job". He has a superb set of professional grooms who keep him organized. Really, the horses are fit and don't need too much warmup anyhow, but the way the horse trial is organized I am sure he will more than do well. I see no reason why he can't do his usual outstanding job, and he's not my trainer, or anything, I've just seen him around to say "hi" to, and seen him ride, and you guys don't have to worry.
                OH and I would put my horse with the guy in a HEARTBEAT.
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                • #9
                  I've seen many hunter jumper professionals ride 20-30 rounds in one day on 6-8 different horses and not forget the course.
                  LOL, line diagonal- not exactly easy to forget the hunter courses. And you can have others schooling the horses.

                  Looking at the event, at least it looks like he runs XC over 2 days. That seems better than running 12 XC on one day.

                  Good luck and perhaps if he pulls it off he needs to write a book on time management.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Blugal View Post
                    I pity his working student(s). I'm exhausted just thinking about it
                    ditto! Boyd will be fine... the working student? not so much
                    the idea of riding twelve horses is awesome! the idea of braiding twelve horses is what makes me exhausted! ha ha

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                    • #11
                      And beautifying, tacking, lunging, untacking, bathing, feeding/watering, bandaging, interspersed with quickly finding a dressage test, boot polishing, and wiping everything before going in the ring... (there's no exhausted emoticon!)
                      Blugal

                      You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LisaB View Post
                        Is that a record?
                        Given the entries I have seen for Sarah Cousins, I doubt it is a record
                        I would also be surprised if all 12 end up going- I have no idea about Boyd but I see lots of pros entering more horses than they actually show up with particularly when they have a large number entered
                        There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)

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                        • #13
                          I was working stadium at Pine Top one year when his mentor, Phillip Dutton, rode 8 in a one day and only had one rail amoung them. The grooms had them lined up four deep and Phillip literally jumped off one, jumped on the next, one or two warm up fences and he was in the arena, clear round and then on the to the next. If I remember correctly he had the rail on one of the horses that was in the middle of the pack, not the last one. Should not be a problem for Boyd.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Blugal View Post
                            I pity his working student(s). I'm exhausted just thinking about it
                            oh my gosh yes! at least it's supposed to be a nice weekend, work like that is 10x worse when everything is wet!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by magnolia73 View Post
                              LOL, line diagonal- not exactly easy to forget the hunter courses. And you can have others schooling the horses.
                              I believe there have only been six unique courses in the whole history of hunterdom.

                              I wonder if riding that many horses is like having too many "girlfriends" at the same time, you would have to be careful not to say the wrong name at the wrong time--if you even knew all their names...

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                              • #16
                                Boyd is a consummate professional, rides many on many weekends and does a great job. He is also wonderfully polite to volunteers and works hard to be on time everywhere (and if he is nasty to his working students, it is in private as I have never seen it). On the other hand, at the April Fair Hill last year, I was scribing stadium when he came to ask permission to jump as he had been TEed XC for jumping the wrong fence. Last week at Plantation Phillip Dutton was TEed for missing, not 1 but 3 fences on the XC course. Last summer at Maui Jim, Leslie Law was TEed for jumping wrong last fence (on the second horse he was riding over that course if I remember correctly) and last summer, we saw Boyd pop off a novice horse (last or near to last ride of many) on cross country fence 3 or so when the horse stopped (and it did look like he was just a bit tired to stay on). So there are implications of riding lots of horses, but most of the time the Boyds, Sallys, Phillips and Karens do fine or better on all their rides. Additionally, I think if you do it for a living, you probably have a lot of the tests in your head and have become good at memorizing courses (if you aren't good at it, how far are you going to get as a professional constantly riding numerous horses).
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                                • #17
                                  Sorry, but I think it it is a very bad idea. This isn't a clinic or a schooling show, it is a recognized event. He has 1 CIC**, 4 at Adv., 3 at Int., 2 at Prelim, 2 at Training. I don't care if the XC is split over two days, how fit he is or how many grooms he has. No one can divvy themselves up that many ways in 3 days and give optimum rides to each horse.

                                  Sunday morning he has an Advanced XC ride every 15 minutes for an hour.
                                  http://www.fairhillinternational.com...ril%202009.htm
                                  Seriously, I have no idea why this stuff is allowed. And if he were to have a fall, even a minor one, he would have zero recovery time before hoping on the next horse.

                                  I have nothing against Boyd, nothing at all. He might be the best event rider in the world for all I know and I would still think this is totally insane and totally unfair to those horses. Even if he is only going to ride half of them, it is still a bad idea. It's a bad idea for eventing. If this is what is required for a pro to make it in the business, then the business is broken. And so goes eventing with it. JMHO.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by subk View Post

                                    I wonder if riding that many horses is like having too many "girlfriends" at the same time, you would have to be careful not to say the wrong name at the wrong time--if you even knew all their names...
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by LLDM View Post
                                      Sorry, but I think it it is a very bad idea. This isn't a clinic or a schooling show, it is a recognized event. He has 1 CIC**, 4 at Adv., 3 at Int., 2 at Prelim, 2 at Training. I don't care if the XC is split over two days, how fit he is or how many grooms he has. No one can divvy themselves up that many ways in 3 days and give optimum rides to each horse.

                                      Sunday morning he has an Advanced XC ride every 15 minutes for an hour.
                                      http://www.fairhillinternational.com...ril%202009.htm
                                      Seriously, I have no idea why this stuff is allowed. And if he were to have a fall, even a minor one, he would have zero recovery time before hoping on the next horse.

                                      I have nothing against Boyd, nothing at all. He might be the best event rider in the world for all I know and I would still think this is totally insane and totally unfair to those horses. Even if he is only going to ride half of them, it is still a bad idea. It's a bad idea for eventing. If this is what is required for a pro to make it in the business, then the business is broken. And so goes eventing with it. JMHO.

                                      SCFarm

                                      I tend to agree with this thought process. That and the fact that it seems to me that the horses are treated like machines. Assembly line, factory work mentality. Nothing against Boyd as an individual, but I do not like this business model.
                                      Last edited by snoopy; Apr. 17, 2009, 11:49 AM.

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                                      • #20
                                        Sunday morning he has an Advanced XC ride every 15 minutes for an hour
                                        How much warm-up time does that leave for each horse? The answer.... not much.

                                        Even if he jumps off and into a waiting golf cart at the finish flags, the clock is already ticking minutes off the next horse's warm-up. How are any of these horses (other than the first) getting more than 5-10 minutes of warm up prior to heading off to running an Advanced Level Cross Country Course? The answer... they aren't! No amount of working student/groom magic is going to change that.

                                        I can't find a way that this type of schedule is in the best interest of any of the horses.
                                        Last edited by SevenDogs; Apr. 16, 2009, 07:35 PM.

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