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Crying for Kelly and Ballinakill Glory

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  • Crying for Kelly and Ballinakill Glory

    I feel so bad for Kelly and how her (Andrea's) mare reacted in the dressage ring. I can totally feel for her as my mare has done similar shenanigans except at Novice. She even bucked me off during my dressage test once and it was the best test we ever did

    I am really proud of how well Kelly kept it together and finished the test. As a first timer, this should be her worst time ever in dressage and I'm expecting them to meet the jumping challenges with aplomb. I love that "Pippa". She reminds me so much of my little bay mare. I would bet she has some Connemara pony in her.

    Good luck to Kelly and Pippa tomorrow and Sunday. I'll be rooting for them.

    Mary in Western NY
    http://www.bpequine.com

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    I'm giving Kelly a standing ovation for ridership and horsemanship. I did not think she was going to be able to finish - the mare wasn't running for the exit, but almost. It looked for a moment here and there as if the mare simply wasn't going near enough The Bad Camera to perform a movement or two or three.

    But if they didn't finish dressage they couldn't complete the event - so yay Kelly for getting it done! With immense kindness and patience for her frightened horse - who was trying in her own way, in spite of her fright.

    So now they are on my favorites list for cross-country!

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    • #3
      I saw her score, that is so sad. She is a great mare, and that is so unusual for her to blow up like that, she is usually a steady eddy. Poor Kelly, that is so frustrating and upseting for her. I hope Pippa is ok, and they have a good run tomorrow.
      http://i405.photobucket.com/albums/p...r/DSC_1428.jpg

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      • #4
        Poor Kelly. She should win the "I STUCK IT OUT AWARD"!! I was so afraid she was going to just bail out. She must have kept saying over and over, "I want to run and jump tomorrow, I want to run and jump tomorrow..." I've had a few rides like that and all I wanted to do was 1. slit the horse's throat and 2. go crawl into my trailer and drink myself to sleep!! Poor girl, she's a champion in my book and I LOVED her grinning at the judges. Thank God she had Mark and Marilyn in the booth-they've surely both been there, too!
        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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        • #5
          I would like to see Kelly's rider score. Hope it was a 9. I really thought they were done a couple of times, but Kelly didn't.

          In the mare's defense she looked beautiful and prepared, capable of a fine test. I'm sure she would have been fine if they had had 10 minutes to walk casually around in the ring before the test. Definitely the cameras affected the scores of other horses as well, both days. The horses more experienced with the show biz side of big eventing had an edge - as always.

          Dues being paid. Every aging veteran rider is saying "I've been there." And some great horses would say the same to Ballinakill Glory!

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          • #6
            Poor thing - I wondered what had happened.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Black Points View Post
              I feel so bad for Kelly and how her (Andrea's) mare reacted in the dressage ring. I can totally feel for her as my mare has done similar shenanigans except at Novice. She even bucked me off during my dressage test once and it was the best test we ever did

              I am really proud of how well Kelly kept it together and finished the test. As a first timer, this should be her worst time ever in dressage and I'm expecting them to meet the jumping challenges with aplomb. I love that "Pippa". She reminds me so much of my little bay mare. I would bet she has some Connemara pony in her.

              Good luck to Kelly and Pippa tomorrow and Sunday. I'll be rooting for them.

              Mary in Western NY
              http://www.bpequine.com

              I watched it streaming. I would give her the 'Best Attitude and Sportsmanship Award'. She handled the whole situation very gracefully while riding.

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              • #8
                I would love to see a video. Work won't let me sit and just watch Rolex

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OverandOnward View Post
                  I'm giving Kelly a standing ovation for ridership and horsemanship. I did not think she was going to be able to finish - the mare wasn't running for the exit, but almost. It looked for a moment here and there as if the mare simply wasn't going near enough The Bad Camera to perform a movement or two or three.

                  But if they didn't finish dressage they couldn't complete the event - so yay Kelly for getting it done! With immense kindness and patience for her frightened horse - who was trying in her own way, in spite of her fright.

                  So now they are on my favorites list for cross-country!
                  Amen. I am a big Kelly fan now. I am predicting great things for her in the future.
                  Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson

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                  • #10
                    She was definitely "grace under fire". She held it together even though her horse was having none of the dressage ring. I'm wishing her a good, safe run on cross country tomorrow. She deserves it!!!

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                    • #11
                      She went back into the ring at the end for some "camera schooling" and received lots of applause from the remaining crowd.

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                      • #12
                        Ditto all the supportive comments for her grace on a tough day. I read her blogs and am still cheering for them to have a great go tomorrow. (Also the Good Witch - yay mares!)

                        Best Sportsmanship indeed.
                        I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                        I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

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                        • #13
                          Just saw the ride- what a LOVELY ride on a horse that has amazing movement, and talent, but just did not get those cameras. Can't say I blame her! those are the kind of rides that I watch and cry, hoping that I could be that amazing of a rider.

                          She has a blog??

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                          • #14
                            Does anyone know if the ride is posted on youtube or something yet? I'm curious to see it.

                            It sounds like she did an amazing job handling the tough situation.
                            Cascadia- OTTB mare. 04/04-05/10
                            If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever

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                            • #15
                              Yes, I would like to see a video as well. I'd appreciate seeing how other people way higher then I am have the same trouble in dressage!
                              http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                              • #16
                                Just watched the ride on my download, major kudos to Kelly for keeping her composure and riding it out. It was obvious that this was a gorgeous,well prepared, brilliant horse unused to the sights and sounds of a big audience and cameras and such.
                                Looking forward to seeing them on xcountry tomorrow !!

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                                • #17
                                  I volunteer at the final warm up ring for the dressage part of Rolex. Kelly had such a lovely warm up - just beautiful. To top it all off, both Kelly and her trainer were very nice to talk to and I really enjoyed meeting them. My heart breaks for her after watching such a lovely warm up. I was really glad they let her go in to the arena after the end of the dressage competition to let her school - and yes, the crowd that was still there gave her a huge applause again. I was rooting for her before seeing her dressage ride, but now I am really rooting for her!

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                                  • #18
                                    Bobuddy, thanks for posting. This is when the forum is at it's best! The caring support and admiration for those who share the horsemanship. Someone doesn't have to win anything to be a hero to others.
                                    Last edited by pony grandma; Apr. 24, 2010, 12:07 PM.
                                    Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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                                    • #19
                                      I don't know the details of her ride yet ... but I'm delighted to see that Kelly and her good mare completed xc. They have a stop and a buncha time penalties ... but so what, they are still riding, unlike a number of others who are no longer in the competition.

                                      I hope she agrees that her finishing score for this Rolex doesn't mean anything about the good that can come out of her journey this weekend. The heroes are the ones who overcome, who just keep on, who find a way. As Kelly has been doing, and so is her mare, since the mare has her own version of this story to tell. IMO there's no need to cry, I'd change the title of this thread personally.

                                      One of the greatest life lessons of eventing and horses is that no matter what happens, keep riding keep riding keep riding ...

                                      I am sure Kelly did not plan to qualify for Rolex and then drive 50 hours to Kentucky so that she could spend the entire weekend building character and setting an example of rugged determination. But I so hope that she and all her connections think first about the good that will happen for her and for her mare from this experience. And that is what they will take away from this. That's a decision for everyone who knows their story.

                                      For you, Kelly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LODkVkpaVQA

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                                      • #20
                                        Jimmys' pick?

                                        I cannot locate my Rolex issue Who did Jimmy Wofford pick to win?
                                        breeder of Mercury!

                                        remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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