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post #21 of 32 Old 07-12-2012, 11:05 AM
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I might have to bookmark that and show it to everyone who claims it isn't a sport... I think that's my biggest pet peeve. I strongly agree with the fact that it's likely the most difficult sport out there. In which other sport do they have to keep a 1200lb animal under control? (especially one with a mind of it's own) I think it's the most difficult, yet most rewarding sport out there.. but then again, I'm horribly biased. :)

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I might have to bookmark that and show it to everyone who claims it isn't a sport... I think that's my biggest pet peeve. I strongly agree with the fact that it's likely the most difficult sport out there. In which other sport do they have to keep a 1200lb animal under control? (especially one with a mind of it's own) I think it's the most difficult, yet most rewarding sport out there.. but then again, I'm horribly biased. :)
I took a non-horse friend who claimed riding is "easy" on a trail ride. We simply walked down a nice, flat trail.

The next day he came to me whining about how sore he was!

In my opinion if the activity is physical and you can compete in the activity, it's a sport.
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I took a non-horse friend who claimed riding is "easy" on a trail ride. We simply walked down a nice, flat trail.

The next day he came to me whining about how sore he was!

In my opinion if the activity is physical and you can compete in the activity, it's a sport.
Bother, there goes my hope of ever having marbles included. Does finger exercise count?
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post #24 of 32 Old 07-13-2012, 01:09 AM
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that's awesome! I can't wait to show people who don't think riding is a sport!

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This may sound sad, but I've never heard of the "Modern Pentathlon" until now. Very interesting.
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post #26 of 32 Old 07-13-2012, 01:43 AM
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I agree with you Houston. I had one of my friends over to ride and she rode my 14h3 half arab and thought that was way too high in the air for her and we only walked the trail. She told me the next day she was super sore just after that. She and I had a good laugh. I was really hoping that Canada's flag bearer would be Ian Millar so that there would be more recognition for equestrians out there. Sadly, I hear they chose Simon Whitfield. Not that he doesn't deserve it but...
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It's like water polo...if, in addition to the other humans in the water, you're having to constantly persuade the water itself to cooperate with your moves.
Yes you could argue that.

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post #28 of 32 Old 07-19-2012, 10:57 AM
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Here's hoping we get some comprehensive coverage of the olympics on our nations channel the CBC. Looking forward to the equestrian events among others. Canada's equestrian team is definitely missing Hickstead as I am too! Talking about how equestrians need to be in great shape take a look at Canada's Ian Millar. He's 65 yrs old and still competing at a world class level. What an amazing feat! He will be competing in his 10th Olympics this summer. His farm is quite close to the area in which I live. I am quite proud of his achievement as a "senior citizen". Best of luck to all the counties competing in this years games!
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post #29 of 32 Old 07-19-2012, 12:08 PM
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I thought Modern Pentathlon went up to 1m20, one of my instructors trains someone who does it and I'm certain that's what she said it was.

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lis- yep 1m20 maximum height, reality is that very very rarely do they get anywhere near that height.

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