Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi. Photo by Lisa Madren.
Upper-level riders are prepared to handle nearly anything that comes at them on cross country: bad weather, icky footing, naughty horses and, apparently, reptiles. As Lauren Kieffer approached fence 16 on the CCI2*-L course, she noticed something near the base of the fence. Possibly a ground line? No, she decided, when it started slithering. Lauren admits she “screamed like a little girl,” but she still cleared the fence like a warrior.