Who Had the Best Save of 2014?

Emily Macauley & Medici at Cobblestone Farms H.T. in July. Photo by Ethan Macauley. Emily Macauley & Medici at Cobblestone Farms H.T. in July. Photo by Ethan Macauley.

2014 was the year of sticky britches. Perhaps inspired by Rick Wallace’s valiant effort to defy gravity at Chatt Hills last year, this year’s crop seemed more determined than ever to keep a horse between themselves and the ground. Among the many amazing saves that we have witnessed in the last 12 months, eight really stood out to us as true exhibitions of iron-willed insanity.

Note: We limited the nominations to U.S. events for the sake of brevity, although there were plenty of astonishing ones overseas as well. (If you missed Mary King’s Badminton save upon Imperial Cavalier the first time around, it’s totally worth a watch.)

Without further ado, here is a roundup of the year’s top saves. Review them (click the rider’s name for a full recap of the incident) and vote for your favorite at the bottom!

Kelsey Wilkins and Cava at Virginia

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Photo by Brant Gamma.

Maddie Parisan and Hope to Star at Young Riders

Maddie Parisan and Hope to Star at Young Riders. Photo by Maddie Mosing.

Photo by Maddie Mosing.

Gina Miles and SVR Ron at Woodside

Another bridle malfunction?! Photo via Gina Miles' Facebook page, by Liz Hall

Photo by  Liz Hall.

Emily Macauley and Medici at Cobblestone Farms H.T. 

Emily Macauley & Medici at Cobblestone Farms H.T. in July. Photo by Ethan Macauley.

Photo by Ethan Macauley.

Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice at Rebecca Farm

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Photo by Jessica Kerschbaumer.

Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow at Fair Hill

Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow at Fair Hill. Photo by Lauren Sumner.

Photo by Lauren Sumner.

Avery Klunick and It It to Win It at the AECs

Caroline Martin and Effervescent at Chatt Hills

Go Eventing!

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