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  • Speaking of Big Eq...

    Hi everyone,

    Big eq has been a hot topic lately, so I thought you all might enjoy this old article. NY magazine coverage of the '81 Maclay finals. Great read!

    http://books.google.com/books?id=HeY...201981&f=false

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    wow, funny how things haven't changed that much, except the amount of zeros
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
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    • #3
      Wow. Major blast from the past!

      Thanks for posting it.

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        Originally posted by mroades View Post
        wow, funny how things haven't changed that much, except the amount of zeros
        And the horses! I got a kick out of Susanna Schroer's quote where she complained that her horse "just wasn't a thoroughbred."

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          Originally posted by JAMO View Post
          And the horses! I got a kick out of Susanna Schroer's quote where she complained that her horse "just wasn't a thoroughbred."
          Me, too!

          Funnily enough, I took care of that same horse later in her career. That was a long time ago.

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          • #6
            That was so cool to read! Thanks for sharing!

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              #7
              My pleasure! Glad you guys got to enjoy it, too.

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                Originally posted by MHM View Post
                Me, too!

                Funnily enough, I took care of that same horse later in her career. That was a long time ago.
                Wow! So what kind of horse was she?!

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                  Originally posted by JAMO View Post
                  Wow! So what kind of horse was she?!
                  You know, it's so long ago now, I don't remember. She was a little black mare, only 15.1 or 15.2 at the most, and she was doing the childrens hunters with a new rider by the time I knew her. Her barn name was Rabbit, because her ears were not small.

                  She and Susie Schroer had been featured in Practical Horseman by that time, so I felt like I knew a famous horse. When I go to my mother's house for Thanksgiving, maybe I'll see if I can find that old magazine.

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                    Originally posted by MHM View Post
                    You know, it's so long ago now, I don't remember. She was a little black mare, only 15.1 or 15.2 at the most, and she was doing the childrens hunters with a new rider by the time I knew her. Her barn name was Rabbit, because her ears were not small.

                    She and Susie Schroer had been featured in Practical Horseman by that time, so I felt like I knew a famous horse. When I go to my mother's house for Thanksgiving, maybe I'll see if I can find that old magazine.
                    If you can find it I'd love to know

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                    • #11
                      The best part is noting that Barney Ward was allowed at shows back then...ha!

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                        Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                        The best part is noting that Barney Ward was allowed at shows back then...ha!
                        You're right! I recently read that book about the Horse Murders. So sad.

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                          Originally posted by JAMO View Post
                          If you can find it I'd love to know
                          I believe they bred ponies at Susie's family's farm, so I almost think the mare might have been an intended large pony that grew too big, which was how they came across her.

                          I won't swear to it after 30 years, though.

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                            #14
                            Ha! That's really funny if true, MHM.

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                            • #15
                              Loved the article! also funny that Paul was Lisa Castleuci (sp?)s trainer funny how fast the greats of that time were turned into scum of our time!

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                              • #16
                                Oh that's awesome! I adolized Susie and Scarborough Fayre...she was a fancy little thing! Great article, brings me back

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                                • #17
                                  So did Lisa Castellucci quit after that? Her quotes in the article definitely made it seem as though she'd had it with the show scene.

                                  Also worth noting is the George Morris of yesteryear - compared to then, he's definitely a "kinder, gentler George." I mean, throwing dirt in a clinic rider's face to make her stop smiling?

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                                  • #18
                                    Manes ($12) and tails ($10) Wow.

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                                      I loved seeing so many familiar names, complete with quotations.

                                      Lisa Tarnopol (now married to Mario Deslauriers) was at that stage riding at Hunterdon, but she started riding at Swan Creek Farm (Alvin Topping), and continued with Robert Hoskins before moving on to Hunterdon.

                                      Jenno Topping began riding at Topping Riding Club with Anne Aspinal and was also coached quite a bit by Robert (who taught at Toppings several days a week) before moving on to Hunterdon just prior to GM deciding to concentrate on jumpers only, after which Frank Madden and Bill Cooney formed Beacon Hill.
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                                        That was a great read! I only wish they covered horse sports like this now. For a writer who I assume did not cover equestrian sports often, the author did a great job! Thanks for sharing!
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