Most horses would be stoked about being named Reserve National Champion. But while Caroline Martin was all smiles and poise during yesterday’s Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final awards ceremony, Quantum Solace had other ideas. Perhaps, having laid down such a pristine double-clear round, he assumed that he’d won?
As the 10-year-old Argentinean Thoroughbred gelding’s fidgeting progressed into a full-blown comedy act, I couldn’t help but snap some photos.
Look at me! I’m Gold Cup champion! Neener, neener, neener!
The taste of victory, so sweet.
I hope mom blows all $20,000 of that prize money on carrots. I’ve earned it.
Ready for that blue ribbon now…
Wait! There must be some mistake. That ribbon’s not blue.
Well, this is depressing.
Stupid red ribbon. Stupid “Reserve Champion” cooler. I’m going to shred that thing, and then I’m going to poop all over it.
But first, I’m going to ruin this stupid photo op.
Get this thing off me!
Blue ribbon or not, you’re a champion in our book, Quantum Solace.