Best of HN: Sydney Luzicka Breaks Ankle, Places in Grand Prix

Broken bones are usually a pretty good reason to back off on the training and riding for a bit, let oneself heal and recuperate. And while we may have just reminded equestrians that the lost art of self care is something worth striving for, we also have to salute the total ballers who don’t let things like catastrophic personal injury stop them from striving for those big goals. Sydney Luzicka is one of those people.

After suffering a broken left ankle in an accident at the end of April, Luzicka underwent surgery with plans for a fairly lengthy rehab, originally predicted to be at least three months before she could ride again. Less than a month later, however, Luzicka was back in the saddle — sans stirrups, but presumably with doctor’s permission!

This girl is no-stirrup #goals. No-Stirrup November has nothing on Sydney Luzicka.

Missing Colorado 😭 the boys were so amazing!!!!!! 💜

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Pretty safe to say that this kid can ride. (We’re also digging the bitless bridle on this gorgeous gray!)

Can’t wait to show tomorrow!!!!

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Her most recent achievement came in the $40,000 Grand Prix de Santa Fe where she placed fourth — still without stirrups, against professional riders. Here’s a highlight reel:

This is why we practice without stirrups, folks. This girl’s leg is just as solid as though she still had her irons — and if she’s this strong now, there’s no telling where she might go. Put her on your list to watch!

Okay, just one more for good measure:

Thanks for the amazing pics @photos.by.amj I love them!!!!

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Un. Real.

Go riding!

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