Thursday, August 2, 2012

News Flash: Dressage Is Mainstream

Stephen Colbert finally gets it!  Truthiness prevails once again.

I give him major credit for riding the beautiful mare.
Satire or not, that had to be a little scary.

Michael Barisone and Conchita were both very good sports.

Long Valley is next door to my hometown, so it was neat to hear that part of New Jersey mentioned on mainstream television.

FYI, Colbert.
There are those of us who do practice dressage without expensive horses or tiaras!

Who says dressage is without a sense of humor?


Now someone just needs to explain to him that "horsie-walking-sideways" is called half-pass.  ;)

Enjoy!





19 comments:

  1. Thanks, Mare, for posting it first!

    She has part 1 and 2 on her blog.

    http://simplyhorse-crazy.blogspot.com/2012/08/you-will-die-of-laughter.html

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    1. I was laughing hysterically...to the point of tears, when I first watched them! I've been following the whole thing since he declared dressage "The Sport of the Summer," and I've been dying to see this guy on a horse!

      I kinda like how he's put dressage in the spotlight...

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  2. I saw both of his episodes and thought they were pretty funny. I'd say Mr. C has had some ride time in his past. He did pretty well with the spook and knew how to get on and off easily. I still want to know where you win a tiara as a prize. I think I need one or at the very least Dusty does!

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    1. He did do very well and his posture was admirable.

      Maybe he should consider more time in the saddle, that is after he recovers from the first twenty minutes. ;)

      Dusty would look great in a tiara. Not sure where they give those out.

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  3. I have had while conversations with my boyfriend about "crab-walking looking where you're going" vs "crab-walking looking away." LOL

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  4. OMG, "I almost piaffed in my pants"! BWAHAHAHAHAH!!!

    Thanks for the laugh!

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    1. I was in tears when he asked for a towel!

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  5. Just when I didn't think I could love Stephen Colbert any more...

    It's likely that he did ride as a youngster... I read something online about him showing up somewhere still in his riding clothes and getting mocked. He looked plenty familiar with mounting, he sat the piaffe/passage and that spook beautifully, and he looked damn good in a shadbelly.

    I do wish the tiara business had been explained. ;)

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    1. Oops! I fixed the spelling of his first name. Thanks!

      He really did look good. His posture was great and he was even keeping his thighs down and his lower legs back for the piaffe. He is probably a quick study and definitely displayed some coordination with that two-legged routine at the end!

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  6. I loved this! Barisone is a really good straight man, too. I don't think I would have been able to keep a straight face with Colbert's shenanigans. Kudos to Barisone for having such a great sense of humor!

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    1. I do not know how either of them keeps a straight face!

      This was a great opportunity to bring dressage into the non-horsey household and show that there can still be a silly side to a serious sport.

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  7. Bwahahahaha!!!! Just like the rest of the world I love SC. Each part of this "horse dancing" storyline has been funnier than the first. I'm glad I caught part 2 of the lesson here. Thanks for sharing, Val!

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    1. No problem. Mr. Colbert delivers the laughs. I give him a 10 for that piaffe!

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  8. That was hilarious! I also love the picture of you and the "horsey" guy, that's cute!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! That's my husband. He bought that mask and wore it at my birthday party.

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  9. Isn't that the funniest!? I literally was cracking so loudly when watching that my Husband poked his head in and demanded to watch it too. It's HI-larious!

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    1. Side-splitting!

      We were visiting a new baby in the family this weekend. The hospital wouldn't release him until his first, ehem, piaffe. ;)

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