If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to gallop through the looking glass and around Wonderland (someone out there must have thought about this, I’m sure) wonder no more. The cross country course at at Le Lion d’Angers which played host to the 6- and 7-year-old FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships this weekend is the closest thing we’ll get. And, since it’s not just anyone who’ll find themselves piloting a talented youngster around a Pierre Michelet course against some the best up-and-coming baby event horses in the world, a great helmet cam is the next best thing.
Lucky for us, U.S. representative Doug Payne sported his trusty helmet cam aboard Susan Drillock’s Quantum Leap, a Maryland-bred RPSI gelding (Quite Capitol X Report to Sloopy, by Corporate Report), in the 7-year-old division. As the highest scorer of the USEA Young Event Horse 5-year-old Championship two years ago, Quantum and Doug the received the Holekamp/Turner Grant to compete at Le Lion.
The pair finished in 29th place after climbing a whopping 30 places through the course of the week, thanks in large part to a foot-perfect, fault-free cross country test.
Enjoy the ride!