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    09-20-2012, 05:43 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
They are definitely good horse people.
I would be completely heartbroken if this were not the case. While you never ever know truly know a celebrity (unless you...well..actually know one), I have to believe they are good people. How can you write the lyrics he writes and not be and not raise your family to be?
     
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    09-20-2012, 05:58 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
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.
I wasn't trying to infer the fate of the Springsteen purchase would be the same as Ollie's. I thought I qualified that by saying "--let's hope--"

Even that doesn't infer the Springsteen family would be responsible for any ugly deeds. It simply meant being a famous and well-schooled animal is no guarantee that it won't end up being starved some day; which is pretty much what you said, but a different way. It's a "which way to the mall is shorter" statement: five minutes THIS way or 8 miles THAT way
     
    09-20-2012, 06:02 PM
  #13
Banned
I am actually *thrilled* with this news.

First of all, I am a huge, huge Springsteen fan, AND a fan of Patty Scalfia (Mrs. Springsteen and Jessica's mother) a wonderful musician and voice in her own right. She's the haunting female vocal in the background of Bruce's recordings, and has released some terrific stuff of her own (not as hugely popular as Bruce's, but hey, what is? They are both from working class backgrounds and have stayed true to their roots - unpretentious, decent people, and you've never heard stories of Kardashian-like excesses.

I have not heard a single, and I mean a single, piece of negative horse industry gossip about them, and this is an industry that likes to gossip that Mahatma Gandhi jacked up his commission on a sale horse.

Second, Jessica is the real deal as a rider and horsewoman. When she was a junior and doing hunters and big eq, I kinda shrugged. Lots of celebrity kids have done so reasonably well, Clea Newman and Destry Spielberg coming immediately to mind, but without the talent that takes you to Grand Prix jumpers, let alone the Olympic short list.

I saw a video of Jessica riding a Grand Prix in Europe shortly after she aged out of Eq and I was truly *impressed.* That's not an easy transition to make (Hunters and eq to Grand Prix) and if you make it that quickly, you've got some innate talent, you've done your homework, worked your butt off and ridden a lot of horses. You haven't been a hunter princess who's trainer schools her horse for her and then gets on and sits pretty right before the class.

Sooo....a talented young rider with a work ethic, whose parents just happen to be enormously wealthy and supportive in every way of her riding, buy her an experienced Olympic mount.

Wow! I can't wait. Rio 2016, here we come!

And if anybody whines that she has unfair advantage because of her parent's wealth, I would like to suggest that she offer that person an opportunity to ride her new horse over an Olympic course, and see if an expensive horse magically makes *them* Olympic caliber riders.
     
    09-20-2012, 06:06 PM
  #14
Trained
Great post Maura!

And that is why I started out by saying I wish I had her talent and drive. I saw her in a 6-bar class and while I don't know nearly as much as most about what I am seeing, she really did shine! I was with non-horsey friends and told them, she will ride for Team USA in the Olympics some day...just you wait! It really was a thrill!
     
    09-20-2012, 06:36 PM
  #15
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
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.


The misrepresentation case you may be remembering was over a horse Tom Selleck bought, not Bruce Springsteen. The Springsteens were involved in a court case over a horse, but they are the ones that were sued and it was not over a drugged horse, nor did they win the case and the horse was not lame, euthanized or retired.
     
    09-20-2012, 06:50 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by updownrider    
The misrepresentation case you may be remembering was over a horse Tom Selleck bought, not Bruce Springsteen. The Springsteens were involved in a court case over a horse, but they are the ones that were sued and it was not over a drugged horse, nor did they win the case and the horse was not lame, euthanized or retired.
Ok sorry! Talk about not getting my facts straight :P

I'm definitely thinking of the Selleck case, and that horse was the one they bought and it was lame/drugged.
     
    09-20-2012, 09:22 PM
  #17
Foal
She is a great rider and very lucky to get that horse!! Im sure it doesnt hurt to be super wealthy, but that doesnt mean she's not just a straight up talented rider! I hope to see her in the next olympics too!!! I havent seen her ride in person but I've seen a show online and she did great!
     
    09-20-2012, 09:38 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by OwnedByAlli    
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!!
And they could certainly be bought by Brits too, it's not like the country is selling them - they are available to be bought by whoever from where ever.
     
    09-20-2012, 09:57 PM
  #19
Yearling
I'm pretty happy about this too. I was reading in the new Practical Horseman that the biggest issue that we're having in America with our ability to stay super competitive, is the fact that we just don't have the access to the quality of horses. Our horses here are top of the line, and talented for days, but just not as talented as what they are getting in Europe. So it's nice to have a serious top level horse here in the states that might be able to help carry his rider to that next level. However, it really is a shame that he is a gelding!
     

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