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  • A NEW "Calypso" update - 1/24/03

    For anyone that remembers the great Calypso:

    Syd went to visit Melanie in October, during Buck's clinic, and got to visit the old man. It had been 2 (?) years since she had seen him; I have a picture of that visit that I have posted here before - he looked like a sway backed Thelwell pony.

    Melanie had prepared Syd for a change, as he is now 29. Syd said he has lost most of his teeth, and the summer was hard on him with the heat and fighting the flies. He was definitely thinner than on her last visit, but far from emaciated. Hip bones showed, but not overly "ribby."

    Melanie said he picked up once the weather cooled off and the flies flew. She very much wants him to make it to his 30th birthday. I'll find out when that is and we can have a virtual celebration.

    Anyhow, thought you might be interested!

    Laurie

    [This message was edited by lauriep on Dec. 15, 2002 at 09:03 AM.]

    [This message was edited by lauriep on Jan. 24, 2003 at 09:15 AM.]

    [This message was edited by lauriep on Jan. 24, 2003 at 03:04 PM.]
    Laurie
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    For anyone that remembers the great Calypso:

    Syd went to visit Melanie in October, during Buck's clinic, and got to visit the old man. It had been 2 (?) years since she had seen him; I have a picture of that visit that I have posted here before - he looked like a sway backed Thelwell pony.

    Melanie had prepared Syd for a change, as he is now 29. Syd said he has lost most of his teeth, and the summer was hard on him with the heat and fighting the flies. He was definitely thinner than on her last visit, but far from emaciated. Hip bones showed, but not overly "ribby."

    Melanie said he picked up once the weather cooled off and the flies flew. She very much wants him to make it to his 30th birthday. I'll find out when that is and we can have a virtual celebration.

    Anyhow, thought you might be interested!

    Laurie

    [This message was edited by lauriep on Dec. 15, 2002 at 09:03 AM.]

    [This message was edited by lauriep on Jan. 24, 2003 at 09:15 AM.]

    [This message was edited by lauriep on Jan. 24, 2003 at 03:04 PM.]
    Laurie

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info- it si good to know he is still around and enjoying retirement.
      Janet

      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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      • #4
        Gosh, I can't believe that Calypso is 29! I count myself as a huge fan, saw him go "in person" at Ox Ridge in the early 80s.

        Laurie - what was his breeding again - Lucky Boy? And for those of us not in the know, I assume that Syd was his groom? When was she with him? Great stories, please [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] !

        Every time I think of the "Horse of a Lifetime" column that Melanie did a year or so ago in COTH on him I get weepy. Keep us updated on his 30th!

        Maybe we could all make a COTH BB contribution to a charity in his name on the occasion of his 30th Birthday!

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          #5
          He put Lucky Boy on the map!

          Syd was his groom both at Stillmeadow, and later at Windrush. She went with him to the '84 Olympics. Although Radnor was Syd's favorite of all time (he was given to Syd when he retired), Calypso certainly gave her many of her most memorable moments and made Melanie a formidable international competitor.

          I think it would be great to do something in honor of his 30th. I'll ocntact Melanie and find out when it is and get some ideas for what she might like us to do.

          I'll also start accumulating some pictures of him, in addition to the few I have, and we'll do a 30th birthday pictorial to honor him!

          Laurie
          Laurie

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          • #6
            Thank you so much for posting.

            Nice to know this early idol of mine is alive and well cared for. Can't wait to see the pics.

            The Horse World. 2 people, 3 opinions. That's the way it is.
            When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

            The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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            • #7
              What a great horse. I hope he is comfortable. I know Melanie has taken only best of care with him. I own a Lucky Boy granddaughter, and I just love to say my horse is related to Calypso.

              Becky

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              • #8
                Thank you Laurie. I am all weepy now, thinking of him. sniff.

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                • #9
                  Oh goodness, I'm an oldie.

                  "Its not the years, its the mileage." -Indiana Jones
                  **Before you can be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.**

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                  • #10
                    I'm an oldie too!

                    Loved the Melanie/Calypso team.

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                    "Life ain't certain...ride your best horse first." Unknown

                    *Founding member of the Jigging Clique*

                    "If you have the time, spend it. If you have a hand, lend it. If you have the money, give it. If you have a heart, share it." by me

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                    • #11
                      Who is your Lucky Boy granddaughter by?

                      I have one too. My girl is by Olympus by Lucky Boy. I don't know much about him or any other Olympus offspring.

                      Wow, I didn't know that Calypso was by Lucky Boy. Wow, she is related to some famous relatives!!

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                      • #12
                        Oldie here, too! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] Thanks for the update: he's a favorite!

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                        • #13
                          Oh my goodness, when - how - did I become an oldie?

                          Thanks for the update! It would be fantastic if he made it to 30. I remember reading about them in PH when I started getting into horses, and a picture of Melanie, who was showing Calypso at the time, in the book Show Rider (one of my all-time faves).

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                          • #14
                            wahhhhh,Im an oldie too!

                            what a wonderful horse..I do so hope we get to have a celebration of his 30th b-day.
                            one oak, lots of canyons

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the update from yet another oldie. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] They were a fantastic team.
                              Joan S.
                              Thoroughbreds in Motion
                              Those Old Grand Prix Photos, Vol. II

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                              • #16
                                Another oldie here ,wow how time flies.
                                I remember Calypso those were good times with some grand horses. Thanks for sharing Laurie hoping we can celebrate his 30th.

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                                • #17
                                  Count me in as one of the oldies also. I have a photo of them winning at Commonwealth Park. Sorry, I don't have a scanner. I hope he makes it until 30 only if he's comfortable. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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                                  • #18
                                    We all know that I am an oldie from those days in the early 80's, don't we Laurie?

                                    Nice to know the old boy is still out there. Many of the grand horses from that era are gone by now...

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                                    So I lied. Horses ARE my whole life. I have no other life at all.....
                                    "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

                                    Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump

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                                    • #19
                                      When we were kids, and "played horses", I always had to be Calypso. OK, so I was a teenager playing horses. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

                                      Proud member of the Sunnieflax Clique, IDAC Clique [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]
                                      "Poster formerly known as SQW"
                                      I gotta do-over and am doin it my way!!!

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                                      • #20
                                        My mare, Fan Dancer, is by Sir Barry by Lucky Boy. She is out of a TB mare, All Night Long. Sir Barry is still alive and well in Ohio at the age of 27. My mare is doing lower level eventing with me, but prior to me she had a career in hunter/jumpers -- did quite a bit of showing at Devon and FL.

                                        Tell me about your horse. It is always nice to hear about other horses from the Lucky Boy line.

                                        Becky

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