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  • This is why the Europeans still beat us....

    http://www.ridehesten.com/heste-bill...&searchstring=

    So you don't have to speak Danish to get the point.

    Kids jumping big jumps, on ponies, but in good classic form with automatic releases...

    I am not trying to start a train wreck...But these kids are good and out of a country with only 5 Million people.
    If you can see it, your doing it wrong...

  • #2
    Those are so fun to look at - wow and thanks!!!

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      #3
      then you will love this

      The standards are beer crates....

      http://www.ridehesten.com/Heste-bill...ndex=24&ID=196
      If you can see it, your doing it wrong...

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      • #4
        I love the water jump!

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        • #5
          I love the one kid who's smiling over all of the jumps!

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          • #6
            i love the little kids jumping the water. that is awesome to see.

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            • #7
              Couldn't agree more with you.
              If someone says "but kids can get hurt!", well I can recommend maybe chess lessons or golfing (but not during a thunderstorm )...
              Over what hill? Where? When? I don\'t remember any hill....

              www.freewebs.com/caballerizadelviso

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              • #8
                They don't start off w/ 18" Short stirrup. I went to a horse show in Ireland a few years ago - one of the pony classes (all jumper) was 3'6" with triple combinations. Kids didn't walk the course but were allowed in to "show their ponies the fences" for about 15 minutes and then started the class... it was amazing

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                  ID: 6013_sme_01_IMG_8782.JPG

                  Was my favorite.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hunter-eventer-hunter View Post
                    "hold my beer and watch this!" ?......Really cool photo.

                    I love the pony on the second page at the bottom. That has to be the cutest pony ever. I would be curious to find out what kind of divisions that kids and ponies have over there and where these kids start out.

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                    • #11
                      We could have been contenders.
                      Seeing the same in the 70s here in the US wasn''t unusual. 7-10 year olds doing 3' on ponies and handling double reins if necessary. (ponies weren't push button, more stop-n-dump, LOL)
                      Things got dumbed down here.
                      US parents have the kids who do it all...and parents who need to work 2 jobs....no time for riding 10-12 hours per week.
                      You jump in the saddle,
                      Hold onto the bridle!
                      Jump in the line!
                      ...Belefonte

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                        We could have been contenders.
                        Seeing the same in the 70s here in the US wasn''t unusual. 7-10 year olds doing 3' on ponies and handling double reins if necessary. (ponies weren't push button, more stop-n-dump, LOL)
                        Things got dumbed down here.
                        US parents have the kids who do it all...and parents who need to work 2 jobs....no time for riding 10-12 hours per week.
                        Exactly....glad someone said this.

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                        • #13
                          PLUS...do you really think the European's sell us their best horses??? Really???

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                          • #14
                            Also note that there is no stigma attached to wearing safety equipment. All of the kids have flak jackets on as well. To me it says that the system instills the attitude, "I am more concerned about riding over the fences than how I look getting over the fences."

                            Reed

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                            • #15
                              No hunter hair! No gloves! Funky looking boots! Who do these kids think they are? Don't they have any respect for tradition?

                              What a great set of photos. Like the OP said, real kids, real fences. Nice to see.
                              madeline
                              * What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis

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                                #16
                                Danish Ponies

                                Originally posted by Kaleigh007 View Post
                                PLUS...do you really think the European's sell us their best horses??? Really???
                                These aren't 'sport ponies' in the same way you have German Spot ponies. Many of these are the family pets and just 'mutt' animals.

                                And yes, Denmark sells MANY of its best horses to other nations. The country is so small and the number of riders is small by default, so unlike say Sweeden or Germany where as a foreign buyer you are seeing second and third string by default, that isn't the case in Denmark.

                                Plus, is would be un-Danish to not sell you best product and get top dollar (well, Kroner) for it.
                                If you can see it, your doing it wrong...

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                                • #17
                                  Did anyone else notice the WHITE GPA speed air one girl had in an awards photo? I didn't even know they made those!

                                  Great photos. Some of those guys were really tall. Must be weird to jump big on something so little when you're that tall.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                                    We could have been contenders.
                                    Seeing the same in the 70s here in the US wasn''t unusual. 7-10 year olds doing 3' on ponies and handling double reins if necessary. (ponies weren't push button, more stop-n-dump, LOL)
                                    Things got dumbed down here.
                                    US parents have the kids who do it all...and parents who need to work 2 jobs....no time for riding 10-12 hours per week.
                                    "..handling double reins if necessary...." you mean they don't learn how to ride with double reins??! Why is that so hard? Gosh, I SO miss the "old days" of the '60's. You didn't get to go in the show ring until you knew how to ride. You didn't just go and buy an expensive horse so you could compete. Seems like that's what happens nowadays. I'll go back to my cave now......

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                                      #19
                                      Oh, and they don't specalize

                                      http://www.ridehesten.com/Heste-bill...4&PageIndex=19


                                      This is Andrea Hegelstrand of Blue Hors Matine Fame jumping with no hands....
                                      If you can see it, your doing it wrong...

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by hunter-eventer-hunter View Post
                                        These aren't 'sport ponies' in the same way you have German Spot ponies. Many of these are the family pets and just 'mutt' animals.
                                        I would guess that there are probably a lot of "mutt" type, backyardish ponies here that could do the same, but aren't given a chance, because they're not the fancy, hunter-type ponies everyone wants for the show ring. There is a family that trailers in for lessons with my trainer; the two littlest girls are on little mutt-type ponies, and those little guys are rockstars! Not fancy, and would probably never pin in a hunter ring, but they're doing the same 2'6 courses my horse and I are working on, complete with coops and bending lines and a little liverpool. These are maybe moderately sized Mediums. Half the barn comes up to the ring to watch their lesson, because its fabulous.

                                        Most kids on ponies stick with the hunters, but if we actually had more pony jumpers here, or encouraged talented kids on good ponies to do jumper divisions, there's no reason they couldn't be doing the same thing. I saw quite a few ponies rocking around at BN to T level eventing when I jump judged this summer, and those fences are bigger and solid, compared to anything you'd see in a jumper ring.
                                        A Year In the Saddle

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