Emily Post may have hit the ground today, Sept. 6, in the All Canada Ring, during the Spruce Meadows Masters, but that didn’t stop her from smiling. She and her mount, Mackintosh, led the victory gallop for the $25,000 AON Cup in Calgary, Alberta, but he spooked partway around to unseat her. Irishman Connor Swail demonstrated his chivalry, hopping off fifth-placed Game Ready to give her a leg up so she could take one last loop around the ring solo. Check out a photo gallery here.
Post, an 18-year-old local rider studying business at Mount Royal University (Alberta), faced a serious field of professionals, edging out Susan Artes and Karina 445 in the jump-off, and Ian Millar and Baranus took third. She chalked her win up to a special bond she has with “Mac.”
“I braid him, groom him, cork him, everything" said Post, who trains with Rachel Coldham.(In Canada, they call the studs screwed into shoes for traction "corks.") “It’s part of it. I only have one horse, it’s not like I don’t have time. It helps create the bond and I think that’s why he jumps so well for me.”
Check out this video of Post talking about her round.
For full coverage of the Spruce Meadows Masters, including the $350,000 BMO Nations Cup, check out the Sept. 23 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse and check back at chronofhorse.com throughout the weekend.