02-16-2010, 12:26 AM
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Yes, Matinee was definitely young in that event. I have always thought that Andreas Helgstrand seems like a very tactful rider though, and that he did very well with her and vice versa. She really was a lovely mare. It's a great pity that she didn't get to compete in the WEG 2010. I would have been ecstatic to see her there. She really was one of my favorite dressage horses ever, it would have been a true privilege to see how she matured. I have to say, even after she injured herself, I was very excited about the prospect of foals from her. Now that she has passed on, I'm not sure what to be excited about in the dressage world anymore. I have great tickets to the Kur at the WEG, but I'm sort of wondering why I'm going now. Sure, it would be interesting to see Andreas Helgstrand on his new stallion, Carabas. It hadn't really occurred to me previously that Rollkur was accepted among Grand Prix riders, now I feel I will have to be suspicious of all of those riders (except Andreas Helgstrand, as I know that one of the signs of a Rollkur-trained horse is that they don't swish their tails, and we all know that Matinee was the queen of tail-swishing), it's truly unnerving to think that the riders we have all been taught by championships to look up to, use these horrific methods. Not that I'm that surprised. Riding a horse at all could be construed as cruelty...sometimes I wonder if I'm on the wrong side of that argument.