And yes, this time we actually can get away with slipping up and calling it Rolex – because back in 1982, the Kentucky Three-Day Event, now so generously supported by Land Rover, was still known by its title sponsor’s name. That was the year that Kim Walnes and The Gray Goose, who had finished second the year prior, returned to take a popular win – and in the years to come, they’d battle back from a near-catastrophic injury, take another podium place at Kentucky, win team and individual bronze at the World Championships, and become stars of the silver screen when they acted as competition stunt doubles in the classic eventing film Sylvester. These days, The Gray Goose lives on as part of the event that was such a pivotal part of his career: after his death in 2000, at the ripe old age of 30, his ashes were scattered at the Horse Park. Whenever we see a great grey tackle those jumps with particular guts and gumption, we see a little bit of the horse — and the rider — who inspired so many young riders to chase down their dreams.
Check out a recap of that extraordinary win — and the week of competition that preceded — in this hour-long round-up that was helmed by Nigel Casserley and Denny Emerson. It’s a real treat for fans of sporting history and fairytale wins, and it’ll definitely get you in the mood to see another dream come true next week.
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