Sometimes I like to use helmet cam videos as an educational tool, sharpening my eye and testing my ability to spot a stride through the grainy ebb of a little rectangle on my screen. Sometimes I like to use them for entertainment and a bit of feel-good inspiration. And sometimes, every once in a great while, I get very lucky indeed and find a video that serves both purposes admirably. More often than not, they seem to come from the camera of Lainey Ashker.
Lainey’s helmet cams are a firm favourite because not only does she get an awful lot right, she’s also incredibly positive and effusive as she goes round, heartily praising her horses for everything they get right, from being brave at a spooky BN fence to bossing a tough combination on an FEI course.
Today’s video is an extra treat, as it features the much-loved Call Him Paddy on his way to winning the Open Intermediate at Five Points Horse Trials over the weekend. We’re delighted to see him on top form ahead of his three-star run at Unionville — and it’s evident from watching the video that Lainey’s pretty pleased, too.
A disclaimer: sometimes, your horse gives you SUCH a super feeling over a fence that a cheeky little F-bomb sneaks out without warning. That happens to Lainey in this vid, and while we find it wholly relatable and charming to boot, we know that some of you might not — particularly if you’re sneaking a watch during a work Zoom call. It appears as they jump out of the water complex, if you want to do some swift volume-adjusting.
Go Lainey and Patrick, and Go Eventing!
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