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
Maddie Parisan and Hope to Star at Young Riders
Gina Miles and SVR Ron at Woodside
Emily Macauley and Medici at Cobblestone Farms H.T.
Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin & Juice at Rebecca Farm
Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow at Fair Hill
Caroline Martin and Effervescent at Chatt Hills