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post #1 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Springsteen Buys Olympic Gold Medal Mount

Sigh...I wish I had her talent, drive, and was a millionaire.

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 01:59 PM
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Same here!

Team GB seams to be selling all our olympic horses! 2 of the gold medal team dressage horses are being sold for around £6million each, bet Vindicat sold for a similar amount, if not more, and im sure there will be more for sale in the next year... We're selling all our super stars!!

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Well, when your daddy's The Boss, you get what you want!
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I saw her ride in the UK last year...amazing! But we couldn't spot her Dad anywhere though we did see the Queen. LOL

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Yep, she's a talented horsewoman in her own right. Don't know if her father rides, though.

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The rider at NAYRC that won everything in the dressage young rider's division was riding a horse that was on the Pan Am gold medal team. Unfortunately having good sponsors or a rich daddy is almost a necessity of the sport!

Re: about Carl Hester (Team GB) selling the horses. He has been poor and had to work his butt off since he was young in order to make it in horses. He has no retirement fund. By selling the horses, he can retire very comfortably, have a beautiful farm and just ride horses and not worry about making ends meet anymore. This is another reality about those without money and how hard they have to work to be at the top of the sport. Carl is very talented, but he was also very lucky to be afforded the opportunities he was. I'm glad that he will finally be able to rest! Although I don't think that's the last we've seen of team GB on the international stage.
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Yep, she's a talented horsewoman in her own right. Don't know if her father rides, though.
I don't know that he does...so now I wonder. We were just hoping to spot him walking around the grounds. The Queen was in her box watching some of competition. It was in her backyard actually (@ Windsor Castle).

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And let's all hope this horse doesn't end up like "Fox Valley Oliver" eventually did.

Although Ollie's story does have a happy ending so it's safe to read without needing more than one Kleenex.

Famous Horse Was Discovered Neglected And Was Saved By A Rescue - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

Sadly, this is not uncommon. Many years ago I rescued a Saddlebred that was starving. He was a product of a bitter divorce. She had the papers, HE had the horse, had it boarded out and wouldn't pay the board. The BO's fed it just enough.

I don't even remember who called me but it was someone I didn't know personally but "knew of me"; in other words, it was a tip

It took me around two weeks to negotiate for the horse and it's papers, with me paying all the delinquent board as the full price of the horse.

Not only was Big John (he was over 17H) the most gentle/loving giant of a horse I'd ever come across to rehab, he was five gaited and had a lot of winnings under his cinch.

So being a big money/big winning famous horse, like the two in these links, never guarantees the horse a lifetime of safety and a fully belly

Just look at all TB's, that once had substantial winnings, that folks talk about rescuing on this forum-----------------
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No horse is guaranteed a forever home, walk. The only thing we can do is try to make sure the ones we take on the responsibility for are cared for to the best of our abilities while they're with us. For some of us that's until the death of the horse but for others it's not, and there's nothing wrong with it as long as they did their part to make sure the animal found a soft landing.

I'm not sure why you brought up Ollie. It's rather insulting to infer that Ms. Springsteen is going to neglect her horse and sell it to slaughter once she's done with it.

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I'm not sure why you brought up Ollie. It's rather insulting to infer that Ms. Springsteen is going to neglect her horse and sell it to slaughter once she's done with it.
If I do recall it was actually the Springsteen's who won the first ever "misrepresentation" of a sale lawsuit when they were sold a drugged horse. As far as I know the horse was very lame and they either humanely euthanized it or ensured it had a great retirement. They are definitely good horse people.
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