I was more impressed with Stennius that Margeaux. Margeaux let that horse get way out of control and looked like she was going for pure speed. She's lucky she left that round without a major incident.
Did the owners of these horses know what they were going to be subjecting their horses to? I can say right now, you couldn't pay me to allow one of these 'athletes' to use my horse. How much damage is there to undo now in the rideability of the horses?
Lucy (Precious Star) - 1994 TB mare; happily reunited with her colt Touch the Stars
The Brazilian who was 2nd overall coming into the riding drew that nice paint, and while she started out well after the 3rd or 4th fence she just died. He kept going and jumped every fence for her but she couldn't keep it together and just hung on.
There were definitely fewer babysitters in today's crop of horses, maybe counting on better riding from the women overall than the men.
The scared French swimmer looked every bit that and the slo mo replay of her getting left behind was painful.
The Lithuanian did end up jumping out of the ring because she couldn't stop that nice big chestnut who just wanted the hell out of there.
yes, the French rider was shameful. She leaned backwards at every fence and hit the horse's mouth all the time... terrible!
I am still recovering from Elodie's ride. Did not see Amelie's... was she as bad?
Not sure if anyone already said this (not reading all 11 pages of the thread) but Suzanne Stettinius foxhunted and raced over jumps as a steeplechase rider when she was younger. I did not see her ride, but I certainly think it would be one of the more successful ones from what you all have described!