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Old 04-01-2011, 06:10 PM
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Unlikely she'll win a medal, the jumping circuit is tight. But good for them! So Charlotte will probably be seen supporting Edwina and Gucci.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:18 PM
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Charlotte is in San Remo, taking part at "Concorso internazionale di equitazione al Solaro". Caroline was with her.

Friday, Charlotte came 5th in the 1.20.
Saturday, Charlotte came 11th in 1.35, Thierry Rozier, with Tintero, came 2th.

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Source: Tre stelle italiane brillano al Concorso d
federazione Interni: CSI Sanremo: i risultati di oggi
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:29 AM
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Photo and video

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Charlotte, this morning, participated in competition in two phases (1,30) but she wasn't qualified.

This afternoon, she'll participate in other competition.

Source: http://www.riviera24.it/articoli/201...-sanremo-video

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Pic 1 * Pic 2
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:41 AM
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Thank you Rerehh!! Looking at the video, it seems that Charlotte is not the one to decide, her horse seems to constantly fight with her, wich leads them to the final refusal (I don't know if this is the word to say "refus"). I'm very surprised because she desn't seem to have the high level described in the magazines. She's not bad, of course, but she has to improve. I don't want to open again the same discussion, but maybe less parties would help her to train more, and to ride better...
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:26 PM
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Thanks for all the photos rerehh. I love her jacket there!
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:50 PM
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She is riding a new horse. Troy has a brown tail. Maybe it is Madison D'Olgy that she rode last year at San Remo for the first time. She's been mourning, not partying the last two weeks. I would cut her some slack this time.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:18 PM
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Of course she has been mourning, I know it and I respect it. But I don't think that her jumps today are simply the result of her mourning. I don't want to criticize her, I just gave my mind after having watched the video, that's all. I'll be very happy to be wrong and to admire her in a future competition! And maybe she's not been very good today, maybe because she's been in mourning for two weeks, of course, but I have to admit that she is not bad.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:46 PM
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I agree that the media has been overhyping her. They make it sound like she is riding at 5* level when she has been riding at 1 and 2* level. Maybe they don't understand the sport. I didn't understand how it worked at all until I started following Charlotte and the GCT. I'm hooked now. It's a beautiful sport to watch. I can see that she is improving each year but has a long ways to go. My complaint is that people expect much more from her than they would from an unknown. Jumping is a matter of the number of hours ridden over the years and Charlotte just doesn't have those hours yet. Very few riders at the top level are in their 20s. The few that are are in their late 20s.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:00 PM
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I totally agree with you! I practicised this sport during 15 years, I know how difficult it is. I was just surprised by the gap between descriptions of Charlotte in magazines, and the reality.
I've just looked at some pictures of her come back in Barbizon and waw!! It was such a catastrophe!! She has improved a lot, and she has time to improve more.
Medias should stop telling she's one of the best riders of the world, it's ridiculous... They really say nothing and every thing to sell newspapers!
And I just wanted to add that I think she's very courageous to keep on competiting after her aunt's death. She looked very moved, and maybe it's a way for her to forget her pain.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:27 PM
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Charlotte is a good rider, but she is said to have the Olympic Games as her eventual goal and definitely needs to improve. If it is true that she spends four hours a day in the saddle, I have to admire that type of single minded determination.

And just like FanOfMonaco, I am hooked on this sport...it is BEAUTIFUL to watch!
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It looks like she now has 6 horses. If she isn't riding 6 hrs a day she is working her way up to that point. I wish there was more coverage in the US. We're more of a rodeo country; at least in the midwest.
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:11 AM
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I totally agree with you! I practicised this sport during 15 years, I know how difficult it is. I was just surprised by the gap between descriptions of Charlotte in magazines, and the reality.
I've just looked at some pictures of her come back in Barbizon and waw!! It was such a catastrophe!! She has improved a lot, and she has time to improve more.
Medias should stop telling she's one of the best riders of the world, it's ridiculous... They really say nothing and every thing to sell newspapers!
And I just wanted to add that I think she's very courageous to keep on competiting after her aunt's death. She looked very moved, and maybe it's a way for her to forget her pain.
Paper magazines are always exaggarated.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:08 PM
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Charlotte appears at 8:20

I thinks that Athina is the second rider (0:41)

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Old 04-04-2011, 11:42 PM
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charlotte is working with some new horses so she is having a lot of work to do, to gain their trust. This will take a long time. This year is going to be one of transition for her, so her results are probably going to be all over the map. It will be a year of hard work and not so many prizes. New horses, lots of work, little prize. But if she truly loves doing this, she can't be doing it for the prize anyway. It must be a labor of love. :)

Yes, Athina is riding the white horse. Well, "grey." AD Uceline is that horse.

looks like Edwina, so easy to distinguish with the Gucci logo, is riding.... looks like GI Joe! And it looks like Edwina won... ? 2nd place?

I love this relaxed, happy, natural Charlotte we see in that video. She jokes around with Edwina and pets the horse like an old friend. I wonder if this is GI Joe.... It would make perfect sense. Edwina's beau is GI Joe's owner. :)
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:50 AM
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Nice to see her smiling like that! What I thought while watching the video was "Poor Charlotte, she only gives prices to winners." It must be difficult for her, she never wins, always gives prices to other ones.
As CT said, she must be working a lot this year. I hope that next year, we'll see a video of her on her horse, holding a price in her hand, and smiling proudly!
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About the brits... some of them are tiny. Many aren't. I can think of several british jockeys over 1'70 and even over 1'75: Richard Hugues, Ryan Moore, Lester Piggot...
Charlotte is in no way too tall to be a jockey and she is athletic enough. But anyway she obvioulsy isn't interested in flat races, and the job is too hard and demanding, much more than being a jumper.
There are so many knowledgeable equestrians among you, can you tell me what different skills, as per being in control of your horse, are needed for a flat race as opposed to jumping? Why is the flat race harder and more demanding?
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Nice to see her smiling like that! What I thought while watching the video was "Poor Charlotte, she only gives prices to winners." It must be difficult for her, she never wins, always gives prices to other ones.
As CT said, she must be working a lot this year. I hope that next year, we'll see a video of her on her horse, holding a price in her hand, and smiling proudly!
I think graciousness in defeat is a TRUE sign of breeding, which Charlotte seems to have in droves.

She does not seem to be one of those tiresome "winning is everything" types, I think she takes sheer enjoyment out of horses and the sport itself!
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:56 PM
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Pacha III has been docked at San Remo for over a week. I wonder if Charlotte is staying on her mom's boat? I've heard of athletes traveling in RVs, but this is a whole new level. Maybe PC is on some R and R.
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There are so many knowledgeable equestrians among you, can you tell me what different skills, as per being in control of your horse, are needed for a flat race as opposed to jumping? Why is the flat race harder and more demanding?
Hi, iloveroyals, I'll try to explain it easy and quick!
Racing is not more difficult than show-jumping just much more demanding from an athletic/fitness point of view. Both disciplines are difficult and I personaly love them both, but although technique is important in both, you could say that racing is more physically demanding and show-jumping is more technical.

For instance, a jockey doesn't sit on the horse. He wears his stirrups very short and stands on them the whole time.

http://www.google.es/imgres?imgurl=h...w=1366&bih=576

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ygReC7Senq...8287_1+bis.jpg

Just to hold that position for a while is tiring. Also, the horses are not as under control as jumpers, they haven't learn to control their strengh and listen to the rider the same way, but most of all the last metres of any flat race require a lot os strenght ans stamina to be able to push your horse to the finishing line:
http://www.zone-turf.fr/images/20093...llon-darya.jpg
You really need to be fit and athletic, while show-jumpers come in all sizes and shapes and may even be slightly overweight.

One of the consequences of this is that while in show-jumping women ride at the same level than men and many of the 1st rank riders in the world are women and the win as many prizes as men do, in flat races the best are always men.
Men and women compete together in the same races, mind you, and you will find that many races are won by women, but at the real top level the're all of them men. I don't know if any woman as won a really important race somewhere in the world (I don't really follow the american races), but I don't think it's ever happened in europe. they usually don't even ride those kind of 1st class races, because even is you are a fantastic rider who understands horses and feels races and everthing, stamina and strengh are still much more important than in any other equestrian sport.
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trepstrep, thank you for your brilliant explanation, with pictures so gripping you can't miss how crucial powerful abs and thighs are. I now understand why which horse Charlotte rides when she competes in jumping is so important, the special relationship she has established with each making a real difference.
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