Ava Wehde wasn’t about to let a little gravity keep her from a blue ribbon at the GMHA September Horse Trials over the weekend. When she and her horse ran into trouble at the second to last cross country fence, she somehow clawed her way back into the saddle and finished the course.
“My horse Butts Leonie and I went into cross country in the lead with a 28.6 and I really wanted to stay on!,” Ava says. “We did end up winning, only adding 2.4 time faults to our dressage score!”
Ava, of Plainfield, NH, is 21 years old and has been eventing since she was nine. Leonie is a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare and half-sister to Andreas Dibowski’s Olympic team gold medal winning mount FRH Butts Leon.
“I’ve had Leonie for about a year and a half and we have built up a wonderful partnership, as demonstrated in the video!” Ava says.
Many thanks to Ava for sharing! Video courtesy of Brian Hoar.
Check out final scores from GMHA here.
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