And anyone who watched Open Training 3 at Pine Top will surely agree
(Hint : stirrups iz for wusses ! I would have stopped and gone home in shame, but she just held up her hand, whipped off the offending broken stirrup and carried on as if nothing happened. Super-Cool Girlie )
It was one of those composite irons I believe, which is why I stay old school with the stainless steel fillis type. Haven't failed me yet! That said, now that I think about it, the iron didn't look broken, so it could have been the leather.
I thought the leather broke. The stirrup iron itself as black - composite maybe - but it looked fine to me. One of the officials/volunteers picked it up at the water and brought it home, and it looked fine when they drove past us.
I've seen Hallie competing in Maine and she is a superb rider. I also spent a weekend photographing her mother coaching my daughter and other kids at a MECTA clinic years ago. If I had a horse who needed to be trained or competed I would not hesitate to go with this family.