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Just in case you didn't already know how awesome Allison Springer is . . .

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  • Just in case you didn't already know how awesome Allison Springer is . . .

    I will let other people link to the thread where I opened my big mouth and offered $500 to any rider iconoclastic and brave enough to trot down center line for their dressage test at Rolex with an approved helmet on.

    I think the whole eventing world now knows that one solitary rider did so, not because of this but for her own very good reasons. In fact I'm 100% certain Allison knew nothing about my small wager before the fact.

    Now to make me an even bigger fan, Allison has indicated that she would like the money to go to Courtney Dye's recovery fund. I am fixing to make that happen (love using that term, even though I'm a Yankee) and just wanted to pass this on to COTH people. I'm going to write to Allison and see if she'd mind me taking this more "public" in the form of a letter to the editor of COTH--she deserves to be applauded everywhere she goes, not only for her brilliant riding but for what she has done for our sport. I know her big wins will come, but she's already got her name in the firmament as far as I'm concerned.

    Thank you to those who have privately contacted me to help out--and it's not too late to add on! Just shoot me a PM and we can make Allison's statement really count even more.
    Click here before you buy.

  • #2
    That is amazing. She is amazing. YOU are amazing! Go all of you!
    ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
    R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor


    • #3
      WOW! Just WOW!


      • #4
        PM sent.


        • #5
          That freakin' rocks!!!
          you look vaguely familiar.

          "And somewhere -- wherever the racing gods live -- there was unabated laughter at this comeuppance. Karma's a Witch, babe, and so is the Triple Crown. "


          • #6
            First Class

            This sport is made up of some of the finest and classiest human beings on the planet!


            • #7
              Fantastic!!!!!! Kudos to you and Allison!!!!


              • #8
                She's awesome - and so are you for coughing up the cash! Very cool!
                I'm a poor teenager and can't contribute anything monetary, but if there's any way I can help out, do let me know! Perhaps Allison would like a portrait of her and Arthur to commemorate the occasion


                • #9
                  however I was COMPLETELY wigged out when Allison's bell rang for her test and she proceeded to calmly start cantering around the outside of the ring. huh?

                  we're watching the clock ... 29 seconds when she's at C. 10 seconds when she's at B. 1 second when she's rounding the corner to enter at A. 0 seconds as her horse's shoulders enter the ring. YIKES!!! thanks for the heart attack!

                  she looked totally Awesome and Coolness on her Liver Chestnut with Cream dressage pad, cream shirt, gloves and navy blue (black?) jacket and gorgeous IGA (??) helmet. is that her brand?


                  .... but not just because of the helmet, but because Allison's from our coolness Pony Club Region North Central Prairie ... Fox River Valley Pony Club to be exact ...

                  ps we're an every ride, every time group and loved seeing our gal wearing hers! can you tell?


                  • #10
                    Did you see this video?

                    I bought the GR8 at Rolex to replace my hunt cap for the season.

                    We should get Oprah to make a contract for people to sign.
                    Hillside Haven Farm
                    From starting gate to start box!


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                      • #12
                        From every parent whose kid rides THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!


                        • #13
                          Love it! She's a class act all the way.
                          I evented just for the Halibut.


                          • #14
                            Now, where's the "hats ON to you!" icon when you need it? What great people you both are, Allison and Lynn!
                            "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

                            Spay and neuter. Please.


                            • #15
                              WOW awesome, Delta! You go girl! Let us know how much is raised, too. [thumbs up]
                              Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                              Read me: EN ( and HJU (


                              • #16
                                I just got goosebumps. Thank you both for making such an impact.
                                New Username: tres grey


                                • #17
                                  Well done to both of you!
                                  Full-time bargain hunter.


                                  • #18
                                    Okay, where's the "LIKE" button when you need it!

                                    I've been off the grid for a few days and just saw photos from Rolex today. I was immediately drawn to the photo of the rider in a helmet... a quick google later to find out who it was and I am sold! Allison Springer has my eternal respect!

                                    Hopefully this will encourage more people to follow her example and make for a safer sport!
                                    The Western Adventures of Loki, a Florida Swampdog in Los Angeles


                                    • #19
                                      We were talking about Allison Springer and her helmet at the barn yesterday and one of the working students (who is currently going Intermediate and about to do a 2*) said "She did?! That must mean I can, too. That's great!" So that's one more young head that will remain protected because of you, Allison. Thank you!!!


                                      • #20
                                        Well done, Deltawave. Allison is truly a class act.