I was more surprised by the fact that she stayed on when the reins broke - and reached up and grabbed her horse's bridle! I wouldn't recommend that jumping style to anyone...but it seems to work for her.
That is about as rough a jumping rider I have seen.
The way she fights that horse, no wonder the rein broke.
The horse was getting more and more ringy, helicoptering it's tail and shaking it's head.
At times, any jumper rider, the more advanced the class, has to be less than polite here and there and you apologize to the horse and try to work to get a smoother go, ease the pressure.
If I had ever ridden fighting a horse like that, I would have been sat down for loooong time.
That rider was getting rank herself, and also, what does she do over every jump with her lower leg?
It looks like she kicks out, just as some horses do.
Have never seen that on a rider.
I expect GM would be itching to get his hand on that pair and see what he could do with them.
I hope that was not a normal class for that rider, but a rare one, where all went wrong.
Well, it likely didn't need to be at Hickstead in 1988.
The facebook link didn't work for me but I assume it was same as YouTube link?
In any event, for all of y'all's criticism, she made it around the Hickstead Derby course. I doubt I could. I also doubt any other poster in this thread could.
I'm sure George saw plenty of that in jumping back in the day, that kind of 'odd' form wasn't (and isn't) uncommon. He'd probably take it over some of what sees in the show ring these days.
And y'all's ignorance is showing if you don't know what the Hickstead Derby is- it ain't a class for newbies or novices.
No, Hickstead is not for novices, but that was some rough riding, no matter who that was.
I think that some of the faults she had, the devil's dyke especially, were from her partly out of control round.
That was a squirrely horse, made worse by the jerky rider.