Springsteen Buys Olympic Gold Medal Mount - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: nw NJ
Posts: 5,973
• Horses: 2
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
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?

Jake and Dai is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 05:58 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 5,817
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
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
walkinthewalk is online now  
post #13 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 06:02 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,289
• Horses: 0
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.

Last edited by maura; 09-20-2012 at 06:04 PM.
maura is offline  
post #14 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: nw NJ
Posts: 5,973
• Horses: 2
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!

Jake and Dai is offline  
post #15 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 06:36 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,085
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
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.
updownrider is offline  
post #16 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 06:50 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by updownrider View Post
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.

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
post #17 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 09:22 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 201
• Horses: 0
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 shes 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 ive seen a show online and she did great!
Poneigh is offline  
post #18 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 09:38 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
Posts: 9,420
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by OwnedByAlli View Post
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.
AlexS is offline  
post #19 of 19 Old 09-20-2012, 09:57 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,400
• Horses: 1
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!

Life seems mighty precious, when there's less of it to waste.
Oxer is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wrong thing in the mail - Gold Medal Bits? clippityclop Horse Tack and Equipment 9 08-01-2012 09:55 PM
Gorgeous deep gold '09 palomino TB filly by Guaranteed Gold! TrueColours Horses for Sale 8 12-14-2009 01:54 PM
Medal Prizes? upnover Horse Shows 4 09-14-2009 02:11 PM
Old equestrian medal horseywanderer Tack and Equipment Classifieds 2 05-23-2007 10:53 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome