Thursday Video Break: Ride Around Avenches with Sam Watson

If you watched Irish Olympian Sam Watson’s last helmet cam with the wonderful 10-year-old Ballybolger Talisman (Puissance – Ali Row xx, by Ali-Royal xx), you’ll definitely want to watch this pair’s partnership continue to progress in this new cam from the FEI Eventing European Championships last month in Switzerland.

Ballybolger Talisman got the last-minute call up for the Irish team at European Championships, and despite this being the Irish Sport Horse’s second 4*-L, he stepped right up to the plate, adding just a few seconds of time on cross country.

Hang on for the ride — and please, please, please control your dogs at events! As you’ll see at the ditch rail combination, a small dog nearly gets trampled after getting loose and chasing horse and rider down the galloping lane. I also saw this happen at Maryland this past weekend. We all love dogs (trust me, I bring mine everywhere I possibly can), but let’s all try to be a bit more mindful of what might trigger a herding dog to chase after a horse.