Best of 2021 Video Countdown: #4 – Aachen SAP Cup XC Course with Sam Watson

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 20 most popular videos shared on EN in 2021. The #4 spot goes to this video, which garnered 3,981 views when it was originally posted on Sept. 20, 2021.

It’s always a treat when we can get our hands on helmet cam footage souped up with SAP statistics, and this is a really fun one!

Sam Watson and horse Ballybolger Talisman, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, both made their maiden voyage at Aachen this year as members of the Team Ireland, who ultimately placed third in the Nations Cup leg. Not only do we get the neat view of metrics courtesy of SAP, but Sam also narrates his ride, shown via helmet cam and interlaced with TV camera footage, and describes how he tacked each tricky combination. If you think the fences looked like they came up quickly as you watched the live stream, just wait until you see how it looks from a rider’s perspective!

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