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    07-30-2012, 12:58 AM
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Money v's talent v's Mrs Romney

So this big deal has been made about Mrs Romney's horse being in the Olympics. Frankly this makes me like them less, she doesn't have the talent to ride herself - just the money to own the horse - any wealthy person could do this. And I wonder if the horse ate the tax returns.

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    07-30-2012, 01:03 AM
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Yearling
If I had a million bucks, I'd buy an Olympic level horse too and let someone else take it as long as I could ride it a few times. She's rich, she can do whatever she wants. Who are we to say how someone else should spend their money. I think it's better than having a garage full of Ferraris sitting around to look at.
     
    07-30-2012, 01:10 AM
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Yearling
^^^ I agree.

While their tax return, yadada, is all kind of shady, its no different than someone buying a million dollar race horse, and not have the ability to ride or train it.
They're both athletes, and both of their owners can't ride worth a hoot on the horse's skill level, so why not try to increase the value if your investment by having a jockey/rider who can better the horse.
     
    07-30-2012, 01:22 AM
  #4
Foal
I have more of a problem with rich people buying well trained horses and then attempting to ride them,themselves so that they can go to the olympics, without really learning how to produce a horse. Bad for the horse, and hard as a trainer to watch good horses being ruined by riders taking shortcuts to the top.

Really hate it in eventing especially when bad riding puts the horses in danger....heaps of riders with money do look for a horse to carry thema round a 3*** or 4**** track.
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    07-30-2012, 01:44 AM
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Yearling
Most Olympic horses are not owned by the rider. Plus she owns the horse with four other people, she isnt funding the entire horse for the olympics herself. If I had the money Id love to co own a horse with olympic talent...and Id keep my tax returns to myself too ;)
     
    07-30-2012, 07:04 AM
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Alex, lots of people don't have a talent still own high-level competing horse (or racing horse). If you look at many big competitions the owner very often is different from the rider. Which is true for Europe as well. Personally I don't see anything wrong with it, but just advantages: too many excellent riders can't afford the ownership of the top level horse, and when someone owns and pays for everything for you to ride and compete, I think it's a win-win situation.
     
    07-30-2012, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by wild horses    
I have more of a problem with rich people buying well trained horses and then attempting to ride them,themselves so that they can go to the olympics, without really learning how to produce a horse. Bad for the horse, and hard as a trainer to watch good horses being ruined by riders taking shortcuts to the top.
I very much agree.
     
    07-30-2012, 07:19 AM
  #8
Foal
I don't think that the fuss is about a wealthy woman owning a fancy horse at all. The fuss is about who Mrs. Romney is ~ a potential first lady. She and her husband are part of the privileged elite in the US and the horse is a symbol of that. For the most part, only wealthy people can own even 1/4 of a horse at that level.
     
    07-30-2012, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by maisie    
For the most part, only wealthy people can own even 1/4 of a horse at that level.
I don't think Romney ever tried to hide that he has money.
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    07-30-2012, 07:47 AM
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I have a list of things I'd like to buy when I win millions in the lottery. A high caliber horse for a professional to ride and show is up there towards the top. Along with a big farm for that horse to retire to when it's show career is over.
     

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