British readers weren’t eligible for the contest since SmartPak doesn’t ship abroad, but this photo of Kirsty Short and Cossan Lad taking a flyer at Burghley definitely could have been a contender! Kirsty Short and Cossan Lad at Burghley Horse Trials. Photo by Amy Burbage.
Last week we asked EN readers to send us your best “long spot” photos for a chance to win a month’s supply of SmartStride Ultra Pellets from our friends at SmartPak. After reviewing several hundred entries of your horses doing their best superman impressions — “Long spot, or short airplane ride?” as one reader put it — we narrowed the field down to 15 finalists.
Click on the pictures to scroll through the gallery and cast your vote for best long spot!
“One I took of Jonathan Holling at Kentucky 2014.” — John Crowell “I can tell you first hand it was the scariest damn thing to look at, but it never even entered my mind that we might not make it. That horse had scope for days.” — Jon Holling
“Well there’s this …” — Erin Loitfellner
“My TB learning grid work. No buddy, this is a bounce not an oxer. Yes, he cleared it. Got it right on the 3rd try.” — Trish Brown
“This unicorn loves the long spots” — Emily Hatton
Nikkie Van De Ven
Jessica de Bruyne
“Still my all time favorite pic of Nirvana II, saving my ass in the advanced in of the triple at Morven. Jumped a clean round!” — Jill Henneberg
“I’m sure the departure was a mirror image of the landing with this mare!!! Abby Kay and her wonder pony, Lena.” — Kris Wallace
“Lucky when you ride a unicorn you know you’ll make it.” — Elise Power
“Margaret Kitts doing an amazing job catch riding my mare Melody Keys…when Kristen Kristen M. Wertz mare blew my knee out lol.” — April Williams
“We made it over fine!” — Genevieve Faith
“Retired Advanced mare, now 27 year-old and committed to teaching them young whippersnappers to the art of the long one.” — Lauren Nethery
“Bromont 2* 2019 ( not the only picture/fence this has happened at)” — Maggie Barnett
BTW, we confirmed that all the horses pictures were able to safely put down their landing gear on the other side. Which seems like definite proof that horses, in fact, can fly.
Many thanks to our friends at SmartPak for sponsoring this fun edition of SmartPak Supplement Shellout. We’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, Nov. 19. Go Eventing!