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  • Hap Hansen

    I just read on Towerheads that Hap is no longer going to be affiliated with Rocky Mountain Warmbloods after this month. Anyone know what happened? Or where he is going to be trainig now? I have always admired his riding style. I'd love to work with him, but I'm in the midwest. Any chance he's leaving California??

    "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!" Shakespeare's Richard III
    \"A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!\" Shakespeare\'s Richard III
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    I just read on Towerheads that Hap is no longer going to be affiliated with Rocky Mountain Warmbloods after this month. Anyone know what happened? Or where he is going to be trainig now? I have always admired his riding style. I'd love to work with him, but I'm in the midwest. Any chance he's leaving California??

    "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!" Shakespeare's Richard III
    \"A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!\" Shakespeare\'s Richard III

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    • #3
      From what I know, Hap will be staying in So. Cal and will focus on buying/selling and training private clients. He does have a small plane and loves any excuse to fly, so maybe you can work something out with him or join up with him at Indio. Because of the Regency Park shows before and after Indio, I have a hunch that Hap and a number of rider/trainers will be spending extended time in the desert. He is a terrific rider and trainer and an all arund great guy. I have a hunch that his "dance card" will get filled up very quickly from people who weren't able to train with him when he was at RMW.

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      • #4
        Hap is one of the all around nicest human beings I have ever met.

        One time my horse tripped in the warm up ring (trotting around). I slid down his neck and (stupidly) put my hands out to break my fall. All I broke was both wrists... My trainer had not even come over to the warm up ring at that point. But it didn't matter -- Hap was over to me in the blink of an eye, calling for the emt's and generally organizing everything.

        Another time, we were stabled at Montery in the barn across from Hap. He was there late because a jumper class was the first class of the evening session. We had all left to go out to dinner in Carmel because the hunters were finished for the day. One of the horses in our barn started to colic badly. No one could reach us because we were not yet back to the hotel (this was in the days before cell phones -- believe it or not...). Hap hitched up his rig and took the horse to the local vet clinic and stayed with it until my trainer got the message at the hotel and raced over there to be with the horse.

        There are not many people in the show world who go the extra mile like Hap does. What a guy! I have had a crush on him for decades.... SIGH.....
        "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

        Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump

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        • #5
          Nice, LordHelpus!!

          I have always heard great things about Hap - he even contributed to our book!

          It's OUT! Linda Allen's 101 Exercises for Jumping co-authored by MOI!!!
          co-author of 101 Jumping Exercises & The Rider's Fitness Program; Soon to come: Dead Ringer - a tale of equine mystery and intrique! Former Moderator!

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          • #6
            I second the "Hap Hansen is a gem" comment. I met him for the first time at High Prairie about six years ago. At the time, I had a horse in my barn that he had supposedly shown in the open jumpers and the mini-prixs (but we all know about how thatgoes) and I asked him about the horse. He not only remembered him but remembered to whom he'd been sold. When I thanked him for doing such a good job on the horse, he very modestly said "Well, he came that way". Somehow, I doubt that, but it left no doubt in my mind that Hap Hansen is not only the most under-rated rider in the US but quite probably the nicest.
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            • #7
              Call me a dork but Hap Hansen was in the TB Books :P

              Tiffany

              *founder of the Appendix QH clique*

              *member of the thoroughbred clique*
              Tiffany

              *Beanie Bop*

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              • #8
                I too have heard great things about Hap.
                Before I was with my trainer, she and one of her students did the jumpers, and they were at many of the shows Hap and his students were at. When Hap would be schooling or teaching they would hide in the backround and just watch him and his methods! My trainer had mostly taught hunters before then, so she took many tips from Mr. Hansan, and they were quite successful because of his insight!
                He is truly one of a kind.

                *Founder of: "Non-GPA owners" clique
                Member of: "I got left out of the ponies" clique!
                ~God forbid I go to any heaven where there are no horses~
                Founder of: \"Non-GPA owners\" clique
                Member of: \"I got left out of the ponies\" clique

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                • #9
                  All I know is a couple years ago, within about 6 months in the Chronicle there were excactly two photos which made me say "Wow!" about the horse, rider, and whole picture.

                  The first was Hap landing and turning after some GP jump. The second, months later, turned out to be one of his clients, in a sales ad. Maybe it was a coincidence that those were the two photos which leapt out at me , but I tend to think his training must have had something to do with it.
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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by *JumperStar*:
                    Call me a dork but Hap Hansen was in the TB Books :P

                    _Tiffany_

                    *founder of the Appendix QH clique*

                    *member of the thoroughbred clique*<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    lol, i'm a dork too! i used to read those all the time when i was younger

                    ~*~it's all good...and i'm all that~*~

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                    • #11
                      He was in the TB books??? I used to be obsessed with those!! hahah when is he in there? Or was he only in like one?

                      *Founder of: "Non-GPA owners" clique
                      Member of: "I got left out of the ponies" clique!
                      ~God forbid I go to any heaven where there are no horses~
                      Founder of: \"Non-GPA owners\" clique
                      Member of: \"I got left out of the ponies\" clique

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                      • #12
                        It is really exciting that Hap is starting his new venture. I'm sure those wishing to contact him may e-mail to HHRSF@aol.com. Hap, here is to great success for the 2004 season and beyond!

                        Melissa

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                        • #13
                          He is a great guy, and an incredible rider and teacher. Definitely one of California's Secret Weapons.
                          If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                          • #14
                            Hap is the best.
                            Standing Just The Best, More Than Luck & Lots of Luck www.tishquirk.com

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                            • #15
                              Hap is terrific. The first time I ever rode in jumpers, I went to Indio on a borrowed horse - was 7 years ago. As was often the case, my trainers were no where to be found for my very first course walk. I mean, I had no idea what the tables meant, or Power and Speed....soo, it was a training class and I stood in the ring, looking forlorn, Hap came up and said I could walk with him. Don't know how he knew I had been abandoned, but we had seen eachother over the years and chatted of and on. In any event, he walked me around, describing strides and educating me on where to turn and the definition of the "Power and Speed". He was so kind and never once condescending.
                              I went in and had a terrific round - I was seventh. Hap came up and congratulated me after the pinning.

                              A class act!!!!

                              "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result"
                              Albert Einstein

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                              • #16
                                <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>LargeJuniorHunter
                                He was in the TB books??? I used to be obsessed with those!! hahah when is he in there? Or was he only in like one?
                                <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                I think he was....let me look it up.... Book# 50.

                                Tiffany

                                *founder of the Appendix QH clique*

                                *member of the thoroughbred clique*
                                Tiffany

                                *Beanie Bop*

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                                • #17
                                  After watching him ride (yes, very impressive!) for years in the jumper ring, I was amazed to find him so genuinely nice and down to earth in "real life." I just didn't think someone at the top would chat with me as a &lt;gasp&gt; rider, a member of his sport! Definitely one of the nicest riders out there!

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                                  "Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right." -Henry Ford
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                                  • #18
                                    We are proud in San Diego to have Hap as a resident.

                                    He is everything & more of what you all have communicated.
                                    "The best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse" Lord Palmerston

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                                    • #19
                                      Ken Kraus was really nice to post the press release notifying us that Hap Hansen is no longer the private trainerfor Rocky Mountain Warmbloods. This news gives all those interested a chance to work w/one of the best.

                                      Hap is one of the best riders, trainers, and humanbeiings I havee ever had the pleasure to know!!

                                      Melissa

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                                      • #20
                                        Sorry for the spelling errors, should read: human beings I have had the pleasure...

                                        Melissa

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