Laura Szeremi (alias: “Bad Eventer”) has a legion of fans, and you can count us among them. Her self-deprecating moniker might seem misleading — she’s a lovely rider, actually! — but it’s a nod to her ability to find positivity and humor in the inevitable swings-and-misses that we all experience in this sport. She writes a blog, Tales from a Bad Eventer, chronicling the experience of leaving her home and veterinary practice in Texas some years ago to become “The World’s Oldest Working Student” in Florida — a little adventure that was supposed to be short-term but has since seen Laura evolve into a legit upper-level rider.
This weekend Laura was out and about at the inaugural Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at Tryon International Equestrian Center, an exciting new event at a world-class venue. She kept herself quite busy, finishing 7th in Open Intermediate with Atrax Robustus, 4th in Open Prelim with Quatar Z, 10th in Open Prelim with Toxicodendron, 3rd in Open Training with Fizz, yet still made time to share the journey on Instagram.
From a failed cross country course walk (“Well this is fun. It’s a major storm; I found a port-o-potty to hide out in, so as long as it doesn’t get blown over by the wind we’ll be good.”) to farrier emergencies, show jumping under the lights, and some concerns about a Steve Miller cover band, we thank Bad Eventer for keeping it real out there and bringing us along!
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This may have been the world's fastest shoe repair. I was putting my foot in the stirrup when I realized she had twisted her shoe. Red numbers already make me nervous & I was the FIRST rider on course! #Yesitstayedon #BadEventer #EventerProblems #BadEventerisalsoBadFarrier #RedNumbers
View complete results from Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. here. Go Eventing.