In Search of One Black Zip Up Left Tall Boot

Lynn Symansky and Donner at Virginia Horse Trials. Photo via LSE Facebook page. Lynn Symansky and Donner at Virginia Horse Trials. Photo via LSE Facebook page.

If this Facebook post doesn’t completely embody “insanity in the middle,” I don’t know what does. After parting ways at Jersey Fresh, Lynn Symansky is scrambling to heal enough to ride Donner at Bromont during the first weekend in June.

She sustained severe muscle and soft tissue damage in her left leg when Donner stepped on her after she fell, and that means she’s “in search of one black zip up left tall boot” in a wide enough calf that will allow her to wrap up her leg to ride.

Donner did the Advanced/Intermediate dressage at Virginia Horse Trials this past weekend before withdrawing, as Lynn wasn’t sound enough yet for the jumping phases; Phillip Dutton schooled the horse around the CCI* cross-country course for her.

She wrote a gut-wrenching blog for The Chronicle of the Horse that summarizes her situation pretty bluntly. After forgoing the first part of the spring season due to some fill in Donner’s ankle and then falling at Jersey Fresh, they need a good go at Bromont in order to be considered for the World Equestrian Games.

Lynn’s determination despite this string of bad luck she’s having is a powerful example that eventers fight back when the going gets tough. Good luck finding that one black zip up left tall boot, Lynn. Give ’em hell at Bromont.

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