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Friday, January 4, 2013

"Poor" Little Rich Girls

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a very blessed and Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah! I had a lovely holiday with lots of time off with my family, for the first time in a long time. I didn't quite make my goal of 50 posts for 2012, but I have lots of good things lined up so I'm not going to worry about it.

If I could just get the blasted iPad to work properly with Blogger I'd be more flexible with blogging time, but even when I switch browsers it's not right. Hello, Google? Has it failed to escape your attention that there are a few of us Apple tablet users out here?

Anyway, I am looking forward to a horse adventure-filled, if not riding-filled, 2013. As always, thank you for reading - I appreciate each and every one of you!


The title of this post refers to the young ladies mentioned on this magazine cover:
I've heard hairnets are not necessary in Europe - maybe so, but I think that sticking-out hair is annoying!
I will confess to being fascinated by the likes of the two Jessicas (Springsteen and Gates), Charlotte, Athina and Georgina. Isn't it fun to imagine what you would do with horses if you had a virtually unlimited budget? I'd say about 99.9% of the population has no clue what that would be like, but these young ladies involved in the equestrian world are doing just that (maybe they are given a budget by parents or trustees, but I have feeling they're generous).

Here's what I would do: buy a splendiferous estate in the heart of VA hunt country. If anything needed bringing up to state-of-the-art on the horse side, I'd have it done/built/fixed (barn, arenas, pastures, etc.) While I was at it I'd renovate the house with all modern conveniences, while keeping the old-fashioned charm and (hopefully) Georgian exterior as intact as possible. Furnish with EVERYTHING equestrian-themed right down to the TP. And what livestock... well, of course I'd start with a couple of TBs for me - a show hunter and a fox hunter (I'd consider a WB or draft cross for the latter). A QH for the hubby. A cute pony or two just because. "Something" for the kids, although I actually don't know what horse sport Son would pursue given the chance and Daughter doesn't really want to ride. I would be happy to provide a retirement home for a small herd of TRF (Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation) horses. A Jersey cow, some sheep and some chickens would round out the animals. And oh yeah, let's not forget the staff to take care of all this because if I was that wealthy it would be all riding and horses, all the time and someone else to cook/clean/feed/muck/maintain and do all the hard stuff!
This would do nicely.

The only thing I wouldn't change would be my family - e.g. I wouldn't be trading in Hubby for a younger model - and my dog. She could stay as the One and Only Canine because she is perfect and I adore her. My guinea pig, too, and I'd even keep cleaning his cage myself.

*BUMP* That's me landing back on Earth. Where was I... right, Society Equestrians. We have Charlotte:
Boy, did she inherit some killer genes...
Jessica S:
Jessica G:
Nice sourpuss face on the horse - I'd be embarrassed to have this in print.
Athina:
And Georgina:
The only one of these young ladies who I have seen in person, and/or of whom I have any real  knowledge is Jessica Springsteen. The others might be wonderful individuals, kind, hard-working and devoted to their sport, or they might be spoiled brats but I really couldn't say. A dear (younger) friend of mine rode Juniors alongside Jessica S. back East, and has also been at shows with her as adult, so I trust her when she says Jess is, in fact, polite, kind, very hard-working and deserves what she has achieved. Glad to hear it!

I don't think she appeared in this issue of T&C, but another young equestrian whose dad's pockets are pretty bottomless is Destry Spielberg. I didn't know her name until today but looking at these other gals caused me to Google "Spielberg equestrian" and that's who came up. Mom Kate Capshaw rides, too, but it's Destry who particularly interests me. Why? I knew Mr. Spielberg purchased Rumba for "his daughter" to ride in Jr. Hunters after the horse won the 2009 $100,000 International Hunter Derby Finals. [Side note: I have entertained myself wondering what happened when the phone rang in the barn and the trainer (John French) was told Steven Spielberg was on the line. You think the price went up just a hair? :-) Of course I'm being silly - I'm sure that people like that use an intermediary when buying almost anything or else they'd be paying double what the rest of us do.]

At any rate, I've been wondering how the kid was doing on this practically priceless push-button hunter. Talk about a little bit of pressure! Well, here they are:
Photo courtesy of The Daily Truffle
Somebody ought to send this in to George - he'd snark on the fleece girth, but I doubt he'd take issue with the horse's form, weight or cleanliness. Ahem. Now, the rider - definitely jumping ahead and lying on the neck. Otherwise, pretty good. Here's some video, too.

I think when I go to sleep tonight I'll imagine myself as the pilot on this boy, just a-lopin' around making 3'3" look like gentle exercise. *sigh* Miss Spielberg does a good job but I see the anticipation and jumping ahead, as well as a bit of reaching for the stirrup. In my very humble opinion they could stand to be a hole shorter. Rumba is round and I get that she wants to keep her leg on, but... In short, Destry looks kind of nervous and I can't say I blame her.

Off to look at more Middleburg properties - this kid likes to daydream!

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  1. I read that article as well and had waves of different emotions about it, typically just ending in jealousy but the article does make a good point, you still need to be able to ride.

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  2. Ugh. That's what bothers me the most about riding, the spoiled rich girls who don't have to lift a finger to win, where elsewhere, there are thousands of girls who works their asses off just to pay for a bag of feed. Georgina though, is a very sweet girl. Treats her horses wonderfully and is involved in animal rescue.

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  3. i suppose i would be called a 'spoilt rich girl' and trust me i get it all the time! i get what ever i want when i want it and i have two grooms but only because im away quite often at school and competing at shows in different countrys. i do a lot with my horses and i dont have push buttons! i have family in america and when i went to stay with them i went to the local public school and i was know as the 'spoilt posh britsh girl' and its awful beause people treat you diffrently when you have money :(

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