There’s nothing quite like a promising, slightly gangly, earnest but relatively uneducated young horse, is there? Their names aren’t yet known by every eventing fan in the world; their potential is simply tied up in hopes and dreams, and every day is a new adventure. That’s one of the reasons we love heading to the Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers in France every October: it gives us a chance to enjoy the simple stuff and admire the raw qualities these exciting youngsters have to offer. (And, of course, there’s nothing more gratifying than falling in love with a six- or seven-year-old entrant and then watching them become the Next Big Thing.)
Today’s video takes us all the way back to France in 2014, when a sweet bay Selle Français by Diamant de Semilly took second place in the Seven-Year-Old World Championship with Great Britain’s Tom McEwen. That horse was Toledo de Kerser, who heads to his first Olympics this year after an extraordinary few years that have included a first CCI5* win at Pau in 2018, a team gold medal at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, and innumerable plaudits at the top level. They grow up so fast, don’t they?