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American Dream Team
Okay, with all the discussion on how to pick the team, here's a question about creating a dream team. If you were the current coach for the team and could pick who you thought would help win a medal in Hong Kong this year, who would you have on that team? (You need to pick existing competitive partnerships that actually exist, and they have to be people and horses who can qualify for our actual team.)
What do you think? Who really would help us win? Who has a good track record with their current mount/partner and knows what it takes to get the job done in the pressure cooker of the Olympic games?
Steffan Peters and Courtney King would definitely be on my list. They are both B-E-A-utiful riders and are very kind to their horses. Wait...Steffan isn't riding Floriano so I guess technically I can't include him. Bummer!
Lots of new mounts - several coming in before the deadline of ownership rules (or is it a rider deadline? Whatever. lol!). But it seems like it's going to be a mix of old guard on new horses and not quite at the top yet duos.
If the Olympics were one year from now, I believe it'd be a whole 'nother ball game. But I don't think Steffen's had Prince long enough to have the partnership required for the Olympics. Same with Lisa Wilcox and Naomi. Debbie and Felix aren't really at the Debbie/Brentina level yet. Guenter's new horse Robin is only showing I-2, not sure if he's confirmed GP, or if he's looking to make a stealth run. lol! Not sure if Tip Top is consistant enough... Princeton was a scratch at last week's "return" show, but there could be a million reasons for that. Rocher worries me for long term soundness. Kristina Harrison seems to choose shows very carefully, so it's hard to tell. There's a CDI at LAEC at the end of the month, I would expect to see everyone I've listed except Naomi and Rocher there. Should be very, very interesting.
And such are the opinions of a low level railbird. lol!
#1 choices- Courtney King and her 2 horses, and I'd love to see Michael Barrisone make the team. Elisabeth and Fizzy but Im not sure if they are ready yet, certainly have the talent. I'd love to see her go but with all the concerns of China, Im sure she wouldnt put Fizzy at risk.....idk though, who knows what will happen??
Steffen and Leslie both had beautiful rides On Sunday
Steffen had a great ride in the Grand Prix Special in Burbank on Sunday. And Leslie and Tip- Top rode the Grand Prix Beautifully. Both riders scored 70%. Which was better than the rather low scored rides on Saturday!
Succes (one 's' I think) and Lars Petersen have a lovely pi-pa tour, without question--but all their points will go to Denmark, should they go to the Olympics.
If I were a betting person OR sitting at the COTH wine bar,LOL, I'd idly suggest Idocus for World Cup and Mythilus for Hong Kong.
Kingston is back in full work , was entered for this show, but ended up bypassing it. Only Tip Top came,and he also was far better on Sunday after a test in the dread and spooky Equidome<g>.
Ravel was also entered at the show, got a hoof abscess at the absolutely wrong moment, and will now just have to dive in with the big boys in March.
Prince in the warm-up was absolutely world-class--but he still gets 'green-horse lookie-lou-itis' in the ever spooky Equidome. Nevertheless, his Sunday go was much more polished than the Saturday go, so he is a very fast learner, LOL!
IF the only horses to be considered for the team are horses that HAVE TO compete in the US-based selection trials...then there is no way to consider Haddad, unless she wants to fly back here for the trials.
I thought that was the point of her open letter...?