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post #1 of 22 Old 07-21-2012, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Old horse jumps from the glue factory to the olympic stage

Old horse jumps from glue factory to Olympics stage

At 12 years old, racehorse Neville Bardos is well past his prime. In 2002, he narrowly escaped the slaughterhouse after a failed racing career. In 2011, he was horrifically burned in a Pennsylvania barn fire that killed six horses. But now, against all odds, the chestnut gelding is making a comeback. He's not only a contender for equestrian glory at the London Olympic Games, but also set to be the subject of a new film. The handsome horse is considered a frontrunner in "three-day eventing" which encompasses dressage, cross country and show jumping. Meanwhile, his owner, Boyd Martin, who took a gamble on Neville just before he was headed to the glue factory, has just sold the movie rights to the story of Neville's troubled life.

I just saw this, even though the article isn't brand-brand new, and I thought it was wonderful!

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It's called a counter canter...
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-21-2012, 06:27 PM
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coooool!!! I havent heard this one !!!! AWSOME STORY! As far as im concerned if you even make it to the olympics your already a winner and we should all be sooo proud of them and for them!!!!
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His fire story is quite incredible too.

Neville Bardos article

The grooms at that barn were absolutely incredible and risked their lives to save as many horses as they could. I believe a few of them were quite seriously injured too.
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post #4 of 22 Old 07-21-2012, 07:02 PM
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Neville is my new horse crush I'm not American but I will be cheering for him at the Olympics.
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post #5 of 22 Old 07-21-2012, 07:11 PM
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wow! That's awesome!

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post #6 of 22 Old 07-21-2012, 08:34 PM
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That is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!
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post #7 of 22 Old 07-26-2012, 01:19 PM
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Here's a great video about Neville and his recovery from the fire. If you can watch this without crying, you are a stronger person than I am.

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Omg. What a story!
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post #9 of 22 Old 07-26-2012, 01:28 PM
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I love this story! It is amazing. Don't know if I should watch that video here at work. Probably not.
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post #10 of 22 Old 07-26-2012, 01:38 PM
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Oh man I held out to the end, now bawling at work.
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