Galloping along a sun-drenched beach with the sparkling surf lapping at your horse’s feet … that’s the stuff of equestrian fantasy, especially this time of the year.
Grace Netter sent us this video of her and her fellow eventing cohorts turning their beach gallop dreams into reality at Amelia Island in Jacksonville, FL. Grace’s trainer Claire Tyner, riding Harvey, along with trainer Lauren Romanelli, riding Pippin, took their four working students on a field trip to the beach at Amelia Island while stationed for the winter in Ocala, FL.
“Originally out of Nashville, TN, you can imagine that it’s not often we get to ride on the beach, so we took it by storm,” says Grace, who is mounted on Hannah Brandt’s Oliver. “This video has everything you can imagine from an eventer beach takeover! What more do eventers love to do than gallop?
“Me, Claire and Lauren separated from the group for a quick gallop down the open beach. You can hear my giddy laugh/giggle of pure joy as we gallop away, which is what makes me laugh about the video. It’s the pure love of what we do!”
Grace’s commentary during the video is pretty funny, and the scenery is of course breathtaking!
“On the gallop back you can see towards the end that we all hit a wave/sandbar, which causes my horse to trip — you can see my head go down,” she explains. “I lost my stirrup during it, and the funniest part is probably the commentary at the end telling the other working students not to tell the trainers I had lost it. I guess they know now after watching the video!”
Check it out:
Fun! All around the world, it seems, eventers are taking to the beach to get their gallops in. Earlier in the year we shared this footage of Jock Paget training “Kiwi style” on the beach, and four-star British eventer Ben Hobday just posted this video to his Instagram as well. Pro tip: It’s best listened to with the volume cranked up!
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Go Eventing. And if you can go to the beach, do that, too!
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