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  • #2
    Wow, indeed. I'd say that's an extreme sport.

    Sad; looks like the horse at 5:52 broke its leg. (Don't look if you're squeamish.)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sithly View Post
      Wow, indeed. I'd say that's an extreme sport.

      Sad; looks like the horse at 5:52 broke its leg. (Don't look if you're squeamish.)
      saw that...very sad. But wow...what a race...impressive horses and rider (talk about fit...and having a great gallops).
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      • #4
        Looks like a european steeplechase...

        It is grueling indeed. Surprisingly it looked like there was only the one horse that was injured.
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          #5
          I think it's amazing that the only comments are about the injury. I'm not saying that's not important too but c'mon people! What about the amazing athleticism of these horses or the fact that many questions are being asked that we normally think of as being only related to XC in eventing. Now tell me a horse can't be taught to jump safely at speed. And those jockeys, they are such amazing riders to be able to pilot the horse through all that.
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          • #6
            That's the most complex steeplechase course I've ever seen. Wow is right. Despite the poor horse with the injured leg, there were so few falls in that race it surprised me. Two or three lost jockeys? I think that's it. Most I've seen (just on video) have a huge number of falls, though most without any evident injury.

            You couldn't pay me to ride like that though! Pony steeplechase maybe!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by twofatponies View Post
              You couldn't pay me to ride like that though! Pony steeplechase maybe!
              Lol, same here! I'd love to take one of those horses out for a spin, but not with a field of thirty horses surrounding me.

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              • #8
                That is just great! That's my favorite form of racing because of the length and the skill required. Did you see the loose horse cut across in front of the field? I thought I was about to witness a horrific accident.

                Was that in the Czech Republic?
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                • #9
                  Yep, great race, only one horse had to be euth'ed.

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                  • #10
                    Am I the only one who wants to find out if I can apprentice with one of those stables? Wow.

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                    • #11
                      OK, someone needs to show my the injured horse. All I saw at about 5:52 was the horse in back hit the water jump....and jumped the jump after that. A horse with a broken leg cannot do that, I don't care who you are.

                      Something I am missing?

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                      • #12
                        I saw a horse separated from the field, stopped, that seemed to be on 3 legs.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ajierene View Post
                          OK, someone needs to show my the injured horse. All I saw at about 5:52 was the horse in back hit the water jump....and jumped the jump after that. A horse with a broken leg cannot do that, I don't care who you are.

                          Something I am missing?
                          The horse hits the jump wrong at 5:52, stumbles, and keeps going for a few strides. At about 5:59, the camera pans to follow the rest of the field and you can see the injured horse clearly as he's pulled up.

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                          • #14
                            Ajierene - as the horses gallop by after the water jump you will see a horse stand there (only for a few seconds) - he's holding his leg up and you can see it just kind of flopping around...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GaellentQuest View Post
                              Am I the only one who wants to find out if I can apprentice with one of those stables? Wow.
                              Me too! That looks like a blast. Although its much more complex than most steeplechase courses, its such a shame its not really a part of eventing anymore. I wanna play! My horse would much prefer to jump over the water than into it.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by vbunny View Post
                                I'm not saying that's not important too but c'mon people! What about the amazing athleticism of these horses or the fact that many questions are being asked that we normally think of as being only related to XC in eventing. Now tell me a horse can't be taught to jump safely at speed. And those jockeys, they are such amazing riders to be able to pilot the horse through all that.
                                Who has ever said 'horses can't be taught to jump safely at speed'? Those horses are NOT being asked to show jump around big solid combination after big solid combination and then hit the gas in between. Seems a world away from what many XC courses have evolved into today ....

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                                • #17
                                  That was amazing to watch. I cannot begin to imagine how fit those horses (and jockeys!!) are. Wow! It was pretty cool to see how easily a horse can jump right out of their gallop without a lot of set-up (although the white rails and stone wall were very scary to watch b/c of so little set-up to an extremely non-forgiving fence!). I am pretty sure I would have pooped in my pants in some of those turns! It was interesting to see that most of the horses that had falls, etc. were those that were at the back of the pack- I wonder what factors were responsible- couldn't judge the fence properly b/c of the horses in front of them? fatigue? Thanks for posting!

                                  What country did that take place in?

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                                  • #18
                                    There was a thread about the Velka Pardubicka on the Racing forum last week.

                                    Here's a good report from the Telegraph about the race.

                                    The winning jockey, Josef Vana, will be 58 years old this month. He has won the race 6 times as a jockey and 7 times as a trainer. He trained 4 of the runners in this year's race. His son was also riding.

                                    The little grey mare who finished 2nd is Sixteen. She won the race in 2007 and 2008. Sixteen might be her name but it's certainly not her height -- she's about 15hh.

                                    (Mares do well in the Velka Pardubicka. It takes a very determined horse to win.)

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                                    • #19
                                      This is in the Czech Republic. I speak polish and the language is very similar!

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                                      • #20
                                        One horse injured????

                                        I can't believe the post about how impressive it is than only one horse was injured. That's one too many, especially when it ends up being fatal. While these races are impressive, they are very dangerous. Many, many horses die each year steeplechasing in Europe and Austrailia. I think the sport is inhumane.

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