Thursday Video from FLAIR: Catching Up with Jonty Evans at Barbury

Jonty Evans is BACK!

How lovely to be able to watch the dream partnership that is Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift (A.k.a Art to his admirers) fly around the cross country at Barbury International Horse Trials today!Here he talks very honestly about how his recovery is coming along, how he is still reluctant to plan too far ahead into he future, and how he is just enjoying every time he gets to sit on his partner Art.If you missed his round, head on over to H&C+ to rewatch it at any time.

Posted by Horse & Country TV on Sunday, 12 July 2020

Irish Olympian Jonty Evans has made a remarkable return to competition after suffering a traumatic brain injury at Tattersalls in June of 2018. Just seven months later, Jonty was back on a horse — a feat unimaginable just weeks before.

Jonty and Art over the Fentons Trailer. Photo by Mace Maclean.

Jonty and his crowdfunded partner, Cooley Rorkes Drift, completed a handful of Novice level events in the UK in 2019 and most recently made quick work of their BE100 event this past weekend at Barbury International. “Forward, line, and position” – the mantra Jonty says he repeated to himself all weekend, wanting to have a great round aboard his experienced Irish Sport Horse gelding. It paid off, and Jonty says he’s just enjoying the time — though he does still have some goals to tick off, by the sound of it!

Want to watch a replay from the BE100 division at Barbury? Click here to watch Part I.