You galloped. You jumped. You got it all on camera, and we watched! Our team of chinchillas has been hard at work this year scouring the internet for the top videos in the sport. They especially enjoy helmet cams seeing as though they haven’t yet made a saddle small enough for our furry mascot. Helmet cams let him experience the thrill of cross country!
So without further ado, here were Chinch’s favorite helmet camera videos of 2017:
“Alright J.B., you ready? It’s fun time, buddy!” were Elisa Wallace’s words to Simply Priceless, aka Johnny, before they left the start box at the 2017 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase. They rocked and rolled around Capt. Mark Phillips’ technical course, turning in a clear round and one of the fastest rides of the day with only 3.6 time for an 18th place finish.
For all of the “The Princess Bride” fans out there, we’ve come across another horse named after one of the cult classic film’s beloved characters competing at Richland Park. In the movie, the Dread Pirate Roberts was a notorious pirate wreaking havoc on the high seas. The masked man turned out to be the story’s beloved hero, Westley, disguised in a black ninja suit. Dread Pirate Robby is an off-track Thoroughbred gelding who was taking no prisoners on the Preliminary cross country course at Richland with his owner Breanne Palmerini.
“I wouldn’t sell this horse for a million dollars,” said Lainey Ashker after stripping the saddle from Call Him Paddy, having just ridden double clear across country in the horse’s first CCI1*. Lainey’s mom, Valerie, found “Patrick” for her as a Thoroughbred Makeover project for the 2015 competition. Since then, he’s moved up the levels with Lainey and just finished 8th in the CCI1*-B division at the Virginia Horse Trials this weekend after adding just three time penalties from show jumping onto their dressage score.
Is there anything better than watching an Ingrid Klimke helmet cam? It’s essentially a free cross country lesson. For those of you fluent in German, you also get to enjoy Ingrid’s commentary on her round with Horseware Hale Bob, who won the Aachen CICO3* on his dressage score of 34.5.
Carrie Stryker and Just for Today had a great go at Stable View H.T. this weekend, making short work of what Carrie described as a “beefed-up maxed-out Olympic Novice course.” “A lot of people couldn’t hang with his buck, but Carrie took a lot of time and patience to build a real partnership with this horse,” says Jade Anderson-Tucker, who has been coaching the pair off and on for the past year.
Thanks, for letting us ride along. Can’t wait to see what we’ll get to see in 2018.