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  • Your favorite advanced level eventer

    Ok....I would like to know who everyone's own personal favorite horse and/or rider is at the advanced level of eventing (or combination of horse/rider)? Why?

    And...they can be from any nation!

  • #2
    Our own Nevertime and her wonder horse Hal.

    They keep me inspired.



    • #3
      I watched my first and one of my favorites at the olympics in LA...

      and from the moment I saw Michael Plumb and Blue Stone gallop around the course I was hooked on him and with the big horses of eventing. I thought my mom was going to kill me, we only got the tickets to keep busy waiting for other sports and then her daughter falls hard for the sport and a grey horse named Blue Stone ;-)

      Second to that would be Upstage, watching him at Rolex.... what a guy!
      You can tell a horse owner by the interior of their car. Boots, mud, pony nuts, straw, items of tack and a screwed-up waxed jacket of incredible antiquity. There is normally a top layer of children and dogs.
      ~Helen Thompson


      • #4
        My sister Gillian Clissold.

        She is my sister, what more can I say?

        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


        • #5
          wow janet

          I guess I would like her as my sister too.. Very nice web site

          You can tell a horse owner by the interior of their car. Boots, mud, pony nuts, straw, items of tack and a screwed-up waxed jacket of incredible antiquity. There is normally a top layer of children and dogs.
          ~Helen Thompson


          • #6
            stephen bradley, he's a big advocate for the ottb and a beautiful, soft rider. has a lot of empathy for the horses, really into seeing things with horses as a relationship. just an all around good horseman i think.


            • #7
              My personal favorite horse is my darling OTTB who carried me around our first advanced last weekend, safe as in my mama's arms, to finish 8th. Thank you, buddy, and I bless the day I found you at the dealer 10 1/2 years ago.

              Sorry y'all, just had to drop a little brag...


              • #8
                Hurray, 3Dazey! I meant to email you yesterday after Glenn sent me the results!!!!! I bet you haven't stopped grinning all week - I'm really happy for you!
                ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                • #9
                  Originally posted by 3dazey
                  My personal favorite horse is my darling OTTB who carried me around our first advanced last weekend, safe as in my mama's arms, to finish 8th. Thank you, buddy, and I bless the day I found you at the dealer 10 1/2 years ago.

                  Sorry y'all, just had to drop a little brag...
                  No appologies needed. I'd drop more than a little brag if I brought a horse up to advanced, let alone to finish 8th in the first one Congratulations

                  As for the OP's original question... hmmm... that's so hard to decide. There are sooooo many fabulous horse and rider combinations out there! I can't name just one... sorry


                  • #10
                    Definitely Gillian and Sportscar. Hopefully soon it will be Gillian and my stallion I think sometimes I enjoy watching Gillian ride my horses more than riding them myself - she looks so great on them.

                    She is a terrific trainer too.
                    Julia in Nokesville, VA


                    • #11
                      Bruce Davidson,
                      Who else is out there at 57 still tearing up courses? He is so tough, and he makes his own horses, from foals.... plus, I worked for him... and still think he's the best I will see in my lifetime. Who else can see a distance from a mile away????


                      • #12
                        Plus, I forgot, I've never seen someone who can be so soft and flexible over a cross country fence... and cross country is what eventing is all about! Hmmm... I guess I'm forever a "Bruceling"....


                        • #13
                          Me too, Fergie - Bruce is SUCH an amazing rider - I love watching the Burghley tapes from the 90s when they have those galloping lane close-ups; Bruce's white gloved hands are right there to watch. Though I imagine that at least part of the reason that his hands are so giving is that his legs are doing their job. One thing though, I think that Bruce is about 6 months short of his 56th birthday; as I recall, he's 6 months younger than me, and I just celibrated #56. I had the fun of riding around with him in the warmup last year at Poplar; we were comparing notes of being "older" riders. Bruce advised me that when you're over 50, you only have to keep the dressage scores/movement/test that you like - great news, eh?
                          Last edited by RunForIt; Mar. 12, 2006, 08:40 PM.
                          ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                          • #14

                            I agree and feel the same way about Gillian! I keep telling her that she will be the one riding Matt at his first rec but she keeps trying to push it back on me.

                            I agree Gillian and Sport and I hope to see your stallion there too!
                            Grab mane and kick on!



                            • #15
                              Philip Dutton is my favorite rider - he is great at setting his horses up for success and then staying out of their way. Currently I am a big fan of Bruce Davidson and Jam as well!
                              "A canter is a cure for every evil." -Benjamin Disraeli


                              • #16
                                i love windfall, just my opinion!!


                                • #17
                                  I'm a bit partial, because she IS my trainer... Lynn Symansky and No It Tissant.
                                  Road to the T3D
                                  fri [fri:] fritt fria (adj): Free
                                  skritt [skrit:] skritten (noun): Walk


                                  • #18
                                    Ingrid Klimke and Sleep Late (love the greys!), she competes and does well in upper level dressage and eventing. Her father was an amazing horseperson as well Also Virginia Leng from back in the day. I also like Mary King and I loved her horse Star Appeal.

                                    As for horses I love the ones that don't know they're small, like Upstage and my new favourite Theodore O'Connor
                                    Last edited by south_pacific; Mar. 13, 2006, 12:13 PM.
                                    I love bald eagles..not because they have white heads...because they're delicious


                                    • #19
                                      RunForIt, I thought he told me he was 57 in 5/04 when we were talking at one of the one stars we went to .....???? and it would not be beneath him to lie about his age (a little vain....) Ha Ha...!!!! My husband refers to him as Evil Knievel on horse back whenever there's a picture of him in a magazine... Hee-hee!


                                      • #20
                                        My all time Fav rider is and always has been Phillip Dutton. It's funny because I remember SEVERAL years ago watching Rolex or something and seeing Phillip's unusual style on XC where his upper body NEVER MOVES and I was in Awe. Ever since then I've always looked forward to watching his rides the most. Now he is the "posh" advanced rider that everyone is cheering for and i think that's so Awesome! He's amazing!

                                        My fav Advanced horse (because I took care of him and he is such a gentleman about grooming and trot/canter sets) would have to be hhfarm's horse Never Stop Dreaming! He is a wonderfully talented guy with a great heart. I love my Randy!