|Courtney King-Dye, far right - looking forward - para equestrian rider|
Here's my big gripe for this post: I will never understand riders who chose to go without a helmet - I see people (especially Western riders) who ride out without a helmet - it only takes one fall & why risk it? Are you not that important to the people in your life to protect yourself? I really have a hard time seeing young kids - some riding trail rides or parades without a helmet - riding on concrete.. why? I've heard all the reasons - it is hot, doesn't look good, doesn't stay within the tradition of the sport, etc.... even bull riders are now protecting themselves ... I just don't get it & think it is one of the most poor choices a rider (or parent of those young riders) can make when in the saddle. During this weekend there were several shows going on at the same as the CPEDI - also a 3 start CDI - a stepping stone for able-bodied riders. Interestingly during one event (dressage derby FEI prix st goerges 2nd ride) where the riders all switch horses so you end up riding each other's horses, the 2 women wore hard helmets - the 2 men wore top hats. Even more amazing, one male rider was warming up a horse (not his own) and we saw that horse rear at least 3 times prior to going in the test arena - yet he still wore that top hat. I don't get it.. Gripe over.
I had never watched a para equestrian event before & at the awards ceremony the announcer talked about each rider & how they obtained their injury or what their own challenge was - it was extremely emotional for everyone in the arena. I'm really glad we drove there to see them. My daughter videoed the entire awards ceremony for the para riders which you can find here on youtube (keep in mind it was a hand-held video camera taken by a 12 year old). Here are a few other inspirational para equestrians - congratulations to them all for even attempting what they do on those horses... no matter if they are walking or have the ability to perform canter half-passes (hey not even my daughter is up to that level yet).
|Jonathon Wentz, rode Grade 1B FS on Sunday (2 horses)|
|Barbara Adside, rode Grade 2 FS on Sunday|
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Sorry for the lengthy post (and the many links) - I had a lot to say this time!!