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  • Talent Search?

    Anybody watching the talent search? I enjoyed how a number of riders set a nice forward pace towards the end of the Phase 2 Gymnastics. Wonder how it will pin...some lovely riding and horses. Argh!

  • #2
    Aw man, I wanted to watch the gymnastics phase and got totally wrapped up watching ponies at Capital Challenge!


    • #3
      I watched some of the gymnastics and thought that Domenic Gibbs' round was spectacular. However, the course looked pretty basic and I went back to videos from 2007 and 2008 -- not only were the USEF Talent Finals larger (almost 100 riders), but the gymnastics were far more technical. Still, Domenic's round in any competition would/should go to the top of the class!


      • #4
        Sometimes the most simple courses bring out surprising mistakes. I remember at Harrisburg one year, the Medal finals course was deceptively straightforward and ended up being a big challenge.


        • #5
          I wish they would hurry and get the on demand up! Do they not know some of us planned our Saturdays/children’s naptimes around watching?!


          • #6
            I had to go run errands before the top 10, but I thought Taylor Griffiths really nailed it.

            I was surprised at how many riders gave up when they lost the first counter-canter. I see the judges rewarded those who got it back, even if they went down to the walk. In a class like this, they want to see you at least try to fix your mistake.
            Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.


            • #7
              Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
              Aw man, I wanted to watch the gymnastics phase and got totally wrapped up watching ponies at Capital Challenge!
              JR/AO jumpers are on now! The horses seem quite impressed by the atmosphere. Several refusals at the first fence. Only one clear out of 13 so far.


              • #8
                I think the results after phase II are pretty interesting. I didn't get a chance to watch any of the competition yesterday, but there are some pretty well known names that are pretty far down the standings and then some that are near the top who I've heard very little of. It's very refreshing.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by initiate1987 View Post
                  I think the results after phase II are pretty interesting. I didn't get a chance to watch any of the competition yesterday, but there are some pretty well known names that are pretty far down the standings and then some that are near the top who I've heard very little of. It's very refreshing.
                  That’s not unusual at Gladstone. The format there really gives the good riders a chance to shine.


                  • #10
                    That doesn't look good. Hope the horse just stung itself.

                    ETA: They just showed the horse walk away. Itteville being ridden by Dominic Gibbs. Looks like he stumbled a stride or two after landing and then was almost 3 legged lame. Dominic hopped off and the horse was holding his front right up, but horse walked away normally.


                    • #11
                      What happened? I went to clean up the kitchen and just came back in time to see Dominic look like he was trying to get a late lead change and then pull up and hop off.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by staceymc View Post
                        What happened? I went to clean up the kitchen and just came back in time to see Dominic look like he was trying to get a late lead change and then pull up and hop off.
                        They had a fault at the wall and the horse landed favoring the RF pretty significantly. Dominic pulled up as quickly as he could and hopped off when he realized the horse wasn’t really weight-bearing on that leg. The vets walked him out of the ring so fingers crossed that it’s not a major injury.


                        • #13
                          Ugh, fingers crossed. That's everyone's worst nightmare at a final like this.


                          • #14
                            Yes, that was scary. Hope he’s ok. He punched a brick from the wall out with that leg so hopefully just a big sting. But to be non weight bearing for that long was scary and the kid did a nice job pulling him up gently and hopping off.


                            • #15
                              Win or lose kudos to the kiddo for having the savvy to get the horse pulled up pretty promptly.


                              • #16
                                Sophie was back on that horse for the awards presentation and he was walking normally, so hopefully just a nasty stinger.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Amy3996 View Post
                                  Sophie was back on that horse for the awards presentation and he was walking normally, so hopefully just a nasty stinger.
                                  Was happy to see that. They wisely didn't participate in the victory gallop though.


                                  • #18
                                    How did the top 4 end up? I didn't get a chance to see the results.


                                    • #19
                                      1 - Ellie Ferigno
                                      2 - Ava Sterns
                                      3- Sophee Steckbeck
                                      4- Dominic Gibbs


                                      • #20
                                        What did they end up doing for the last rider who was supposed to ride the horse that stung himself? Or was Dominic the last one who was supposed to ride him anyway?