Sundays helmet cam!! 😁
Posted by Carmen Schatte on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Carmen Schatte and her Dutch Warmblood mare Lady Elvira won a Training division at the 2016 Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials. They returned to the venue last weekend, one year stronger and one level higher. They led the Open Preliminary division from the start and ended on their dressage score of 30.5 to once again win the holiday weekend and qualify for a one-star.
“Our hard work payed off,” said Carmen, who owns and operates her own mobile pet spa, Wet Paws Mobile Spa. “Long work days turned into late night rides and being on top of her training and gallop schedule. She’s the fittest she’s ever been and our hard work has been more than rewarding.”
Some riders talk the entire way around the course, but this is a quiet, focused pair. All you can hear in their helmet cams is the wind screaming by, the smooth rhythm of hoofbeats and horse breath, and the occasional ‘whoa’ from Carmen to rebalance her eager mount. But Carmen breaks the spell when she realizes they’ve got their bogey fence—a huge trakehner of a turn—in the bag.
“One of the most terrifying yet greatest moments of the last four years with this powerhouse of a horse,” Carmen said. “Six strides out I was ready to throw up, but she generously took the reins from my fingers and said ‘I got this mom, just hold on!’ for a foot perfect take off and landing. Mid-air I was screaming ‘GOOD GIRL!!’ That’s my unicorn!”
Hang on to your hat and watch this powerhouse couple tear it up on course on Pine Top.
The feeling you get when it’s just you and your horse
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