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Green Hunter Incentive and Derby Finals Week at KHP

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  • #21
    Can anyone confirm there is commentary for today? On the fence about yet another subscription.


    • #22
      I really loved the commentary today. Bill, Sandy, and Liza were so encouraging and kind, but I also learned a lot listening to them. Looking forward to the handy!
      Originally posted by MistyPony
      In all my years of riding, gravity is the one thing that has never failed on me!


      • #23
        Thank you. Sounds worth it.


        • #24
          Originally posted by giddybiddy View Post
          I really loved the commentary today. Bill, Sandy, and Liza were so encouraging and kind, but I also learned a lot listening to them. Looking forward to the handy!
          Agree! I loved it when they said 'Riders at home...........". .


          • #25
            I just put in my USEF member number as the Coupon code and it took the 1/2 off. BTW Commentary is worth the price of admission if you are on the fence to pay the $13.50.


            • #26
              It was great the year that Lillie won, but I think it really got kicked off in high gear at the very start when Rhumba won the first time they held it. He went beautifully, the course was fantastic, and the rider did an amazing job. That was really enough to make lots of people sit up and take notice in the first place.


              • #27
                I agree MHM Rumba is the first one that really wowed everyone -- I swooned over that horse!! His jump, expression, movement and John French's riding were all beautiful!! And he was incredibly handy too!! This video has both of his rounds, I had forgotten just how handy they were in the second round --


                • #28
                  Anyone know what time the handies are starting?


                  • #29
                    I believe it starts at 6:30. Not sure if that is the first horse, or the pre—game festivities. The course is set, and horses are hand walking in the ring right now.


                    • #30
                      Originally posted by MHM View Post
                      I believe it starts at 6:30. Not sure if that is the first horse, or the pre—game festivities. The course is set, and horses are hand walking in the ring right now.
                      Thanks, MHM !


                      • #31
                        Here now. Opening ceremony at 6:00, first horse 6:30.
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                        • #32
                          Looking at the scores the handy looks like a blood bath. What is going on?


                          • #33
                            Originally posted by lockedoutalter View Post
                            Looking at the scores the handy looks like a blood bath. What is going on?
                            I want to know if Tori's round is as beautiful as the 319 score suggests Also, a surprising amount of sub-200 scores. Can anyone fill us in?


                            • #34
                              Originally posted by lockedoutalter View Post
                              Looking at the scores the handy looks like a blood bath. What is going on?
                              The trot jump and one oxer off a short turn were causing a number of problems.

                              Tori's handy round was lovely, although, IMO, there were handier rounds - but she didn't need to pull out all the stops tonight to win. But there's no one out there with the feel that she has on a horse and the horse jumped phenomenally.


                              • #35
                                I had to leave early, only got about 7 horses in to the top 25. But what I saw of those and the tier II combos, I'd say the trot jump caused a lot of hiccups (one stop I saw, a couple of ugly pops or awkward steps, some short distances to the rollback jump off the trot fence). There were also some deep distances or fliers elsewhere that interrupted the flow on some rounds. Also, some rounds just didnt seem brilliant from the stands. Early on the higher scoring rounds weren't always the handiest or more daring, but they were bolder. They were just more forward and well ridden, and showed off the horse's jump even if taking the less impressive routes.
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                                • #36
                                  The risk/reward thing really comes into play in the handy in a big event like this. If you take a shot at the inside turns and it works out, the handy points can really make a big difference in your score. If you take the shot and it doesn’t pan out, at least you took a crack at it. I was sitting near the trot jump, and lots of people really tried to shave the turn and earn some points there. If it worked out, great. But if not, it also affected the immediate rollback to the next jump, and then the line to the following combination.

                                  It was a fun class to watch!


                                  • #37
                                    I wasn't able to watch anything but the Chronicle's replay of the winner and reserve handy rounds.

                                    I continue to be very impressed with Victoria Colvin's riding. She rides so smoothly, looks really simpatico with the horse and they go so well for her. It was a lovely round.