Sit back and enjoy this world record setting performance by Dutch Edward Gal and his 9 year old stallion Moorlands Tortilas competing at the European Championships in Windsor on August 28, 2009.
This is what the very top of my sport looks like…
As with any subjective sport (think ice skating) a performance this dramatic has its supporter and its naysayers.
The freedom that Moorlands shows through his shoulders is jaw dropping. At one point the announcer quips that he’ll have to be careful to not knock his teeth with his knees.
Then there are the folks that feel all the action up front keeps you from noticing that he doesn’t, perhaps, track up behind as well as he might.
Me, I’m dazzled.
Moorland’s canter pirouettes are awesome and I haven’t been this moved by a dressage test since Blue Hors Matiné.
But Blue Hors Matiné (also 9 years old at the time of this test) is a cautionary tale of bringing a young horse along too quickly. Making demands on young bones, ligaments and tendons can result in long term damage.
This beautiful white mare who took the dressage world by storm in 2006 battled injuries for the next several years and was ultimately retired this year.
Let’s hope the team managing Moorlands has a better long term plan.
Now for something just plain silly. Those of you with horses will get a big giggle.
French and Saunders is a British sketch comedy television show written by and starring BAFTA Award-winner Dawn French and Emmy and BAFTA Award-winner Jennifer Saunders.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!