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Stonehedge

Member since Feb 2012 • Last active Jul 2021

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    Just booked some flights to Switzerland.

    Planning on really mixing it up for these two weeks. Bit of trad (prob some easy stuff on Riffelhorn), bit of glacier ice, bit of via ferrata and a half traverse of Breithorn.

    I've been training to get fit enough for a crack at the Breithorn north face for a year or so but its most likely too late in the season unless we really luck out with a cold storm cycle. I doubt it will happen sadly.

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    I didn't see anything.

    Sounds like you're watching the trap shooting

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    I thought the same about the badminton yesterday. Great sport.

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    If there was a "Charlotte Dujardin is from an only moderately wealthy family (but has earned a fuck load since) and rides for a very rich tax exile" puff piece, I must have missed it.

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    My friend, who was clearly wrong. However a quick google will show that the £20m sale happened so my point still stands.

    Edit: The guy who sold owner and sold her horse was born in Sark. Thats all you need to know about his family wealth.

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    As I just said, its a little worse than that. Most have to be indentured to a relative of the queen or a trust fund to dance on a horse to earn somebody else more money. Its fucked up!

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    again, i'm looking at you "Dressage".

    Was having this chat with a horsey friend yesterday and was surprised to hear how the finance for dressage works for most people.

    The GB rider, Dujardin, is from a comfortable middle class family in Leighton Buzzard, went to a comprehensive school and got into riding at a community pony club in Bedfordshire. She was talent spotted and a stables offered her the use of a horse for free on the understanding that if she succeeded on it, they would sell it to cash in on the increased value. This is why she's riding a new horse now. The stable owner who owned the horse she won her previous medals with sold it to a stud farm for £20m after Rio.

    Anyway, apparently some of the riders do come from super rich families and learn to ride on their own horses but according to my friend (who has been riding all of her life), most riders are like lower paid jockeys....riding somebody else's horse to earn the stable money.

    If anything, this makes it more fucked up for me. Dujardin's horse owner apparently spent £4m to get Dujardin to various competitions and has made a £16m profit out of it. Would hope that Dujardin had a contract clause that would give her a cut of that, seeing as she's why the horse is worth so much.

    Edit: Article about the sale of her previous horse.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/d­ouble-olympic-gold-winner-charlotte-duja­rdin-speaks-of-the-heart-wrenching-ps20m­-sale-of-her-wonder-horse-8130243.html

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    Ha, good point.

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    A little over 250? Maybe another 50 if they put up hammocks in some of the larger spaces.

    There are new build property developments in the Midlands that costs developers much less than £100k for a 4 bedroom house including land costs. Sometimes close to £50k. I think you'd be able to manage a lot more than 250!

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    So Ben Wallace says this royal yacht that the royals don't want has a 'firm' cost of £250m.

    Considering that private donations to the Royal Yacht are over £100m now (with £50m coming from one donor), if they can keep it to £250m its not too bad!

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