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post #191 of 200 Old 08-09-2012, 06:39 PM
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Im watching the replay today, so will pay specific attention!

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post #192 of 200 Old 08-09-2012, 06:44 PM
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It was pretty obvious to me that Parcival was gaping his mouth, marshmellow paste or not.
Oh I know me too.. but can you imagine how much WORSE it would have looked without the white facade??
They did a close up and you could see his writhing tongue, all covered in marshmallow paste

My horsey just does a cute lip thing in the half steps. When I push him up to my hands he streeeetches his upper lip as far forward as he can to come as far up into the contact as possible hahaha it's so cute he tries so hard!!

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post #193 of 200 Old 08-09-2012, 07:13 PM
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Indeed. She might not have got 88%.
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http://www.fei.org/sites/default/fil...01july2011.pdf

According to the FEI's own judging regulations, without the mouth problems her score would have been at LEAST a 98%. Impressive, Adelinde!

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post #195 of 200 Old 08-09-2012, 09:16 PM
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After watching today I have to say Carl Hester is now one of my favorite riders. Not only does he ride beautifully but he lets his horses be horses.
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I'm sure this is old news to many, but if you haven't seen it, there is a great documentary series from 2010 called "At Home with Carl Hester" which takes you behind the scenes on his farm to watch everything from day-to-day care to training (including working with Charlotte!).

You can Google the name of the series and watch some of the episodes online. I have been watching on HRTV (in the US, for me it's available via DISH network) over the past couple of weeks.

My husband thinks I've gone a little nutty for Carl and Charlotte, but yet he has stuck around watching the dressage finals with me too because he now recognizes them and their horses from the show, so I think he secretly likes them too
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post #196 of 200 Old 08-10-2012, 04:45 AM
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Well the talk of my distinctly non horsey office today is all about the "dancing horses"
Apparently a lot of people are absolutly facinated by it and I think I may have a few people who are thinking of taking up riding.

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Being an eternal optimist, I live in hope that some day, the lightness, harmony, and correct classical training we saw in Rubi's and Fuego's tests (as well as that of Laura and Carl) will some day be rewarded by the FEI and scored higher than the super flashy, but overbent and heavy handed style of some of the Dutch and Swedish riders.
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I just got around to watching the freestyles last night. Really great job by all the medalists and I though the Brits were inspiring. With that said...

I'm totally on the Fuego train!! I know his performance wasnt technically as good as those who (deservingly) placed at the top and that he will never be as light, but I loved the music an the choreography. Loved him a WEG, loved him here. Very entertaining! What a fun pair!
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post #199 of 200 Old 08-12-2012, 05:27 PM
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I just got around to watching the freestyles last night. Really great job by all the medalists and I though the Brits were inspiring. With that said...

I'm totally on the Fuego train!! I know his performance wasnt technically as good as those who (deservingly) placed at the top and that he will never be as light, but I loved the music an the choreography. Loved him a WEG, loved him here. Very entertaining! What a fun pair!
Agreed. Definitely the most entertaining
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post #200 of 200 Old 08-14-2012, 02:39 AM
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I found a great resource in http://londonolympics.tumblr.com, they list wonderful pictures, as well as the results. It's a little late, since most know the results, but Ooh-ing and Ahh-ing through the pictures is fun!!

The best riders to teach are those that have endless enthusiasm to do better and are tireless in their drive to achieve.
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