Are you among the zillions snowed in this weekend? After you get back in from trying to push a wheelbarrow through thigh-high drifts, bring that stack of old bridles that needs cleaning inside and knock it off while you watch some of the Chronicle staff’s all-time favorite video clips.
Triple Crown Triumph
No matter how many times you see it, American Pharoah’s Belmont run will give you chills. Editorial staffer Jennifer Calder and editorial production manager Lauren Foley were both there, and both count this as among their favorite clips.
Still Funny After All Those Views
Both advertising production manager Beth Honcharski and director of advertising Alison Thayer can’t get enough of “Ed Behaving Badly”—and if you’ve ever known a naughty pony you won’t be able to either.
Why You Practice Dropping And Picking Up Those Stirrups
Missy Miller and Amazing Grace survive a hairy moment at the water at the Fork CCI***
14,000,000 Views Can’t Be Wrong
Check out Blue Horse Matine’s 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games freestyle, which is still blowing up the internet a decade later. Associate Editor Molly Sorge was there that night, photographing the competition, and can still recall what a special electricity filled those moments.
The whoops heard round the world
Brunello and Liza Boyd’s spectacular handy round at the 2015 USHJA Derby Championships quieted criticism over dull tortoise-like hunter rounds for weeks. Even eventers will appreciate his athleticism. Editorial staffer Ann Glavan is among this video’s biggest fans.
So you think you can ride, huh? Check out this classic video of Karen O’Connor’s awesome save from Rolex Kentucky that’s one of editorial staffer Mollie Bailey’s favorites.
The Million Dollar Horse…
…is the one who saves your bacon, like Smooth Rider did for Bobby Meyeroff at the Middleburg Horse Trials in 2008.
Who Needs A Bridle?
Gregory Wathelet survives a tack mishap on Conrad du Hus, jumping three fences after the headstall slipped off Conrad du Hus (a stallion!) and finishes with a clear round.
How To Avoid Pulling On Your Horse’s Mouth On Course
At HITS Arizona a few years ago Brandie Holloway took Burberry round a high-low hunter class with just a neckstrap. Bonus: Check out this horse’s awesome tail!
Can’t Beat Blueberry
Check out Valegro’s world record-breaking freestyle round at the Olympia CDI-W that’s one of managing editor Sara Lieser’s favorites. Hint: It’s amazing.
Don’t miss this amazing bridleless, bareback freestyle by Stacy Westfall on Wizard’s Baby Doll from the 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress. This is another of managing editor Sara Lieser’s favorite clips.
So That’s What A 100 Looks Like
Rob Coluccio and Justified scored a perfect score from all three judges at the Middleburg Classic in 1998.
Richard Spooner Doesn’t Give Up
If your trainer hasn’t made you watch this amazing video yet, director of advertising Alison Thayer recommends you stop what you’re doing and hit play. BONUS: We caught up with Spooner about this amazing video.
So That’s Why You Keep Winning Four-Stars
Mary King shows us why she rules at the Badminton CCI**** with Imperial Cavalier in one of editorial intern Katie Allard’s favorite videos.
Ready to get a hilarious song stuck in your head? Check out this hilarious Evention parody that’s a personal favorite of editorial staffer Kimberly Loushin. Dare you not think “scorin’ 9 on the centerline” in your next dressage lesson.
An Easier Way To Ride Around The Maryland Hunt Cup
Don’t worry if you’re not brave enough to ride in the country’s toughest amateur timber race, you can get a jockey’s perspective here.
Heart of a Champion
How about one of Eric Lamaze’s rounds on Hickstead from the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games? You’re welcome.
For Equitation Fans
Here are Lillie Keenan’s winning rounds from the 2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals.
Truly In It To Win It
Anyone can put on a bridle, but can you put your bridle on your own horse while mounted? You’ll be cheering on Avery Klunick when she does just that at the 2014 American Eventing Championships. This is one of editorial staffer Lindsay Berreth’s picks, as she was at the event.
Find the horse shoe
Fleur de Lis’ shoe came off at the Jersey Fresh CCI*** in a pretty amazing way. This is another of editorial staff Lindsay Berreth’s pics as she was there and got great still photos of the action.
Because Four Isn’t Enough
Champion driver Lisa Stroud took a six-in-hand ‘round the Southern Pines marathon hors concours back in 2012.
Totilas The King
This is Totilas at his best, showing off his spectacular freestyle at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and one of editorial staffer Lisa Slade’s alltime favorites. Cue the chills.
And last, but not least….
Remember When Dressage Was The Sport Of The Summer?
Here are those clips from the 2012, when Chronicle dressage horseman of the year Stephen Colbert latched onto Ann Romney’s co-ownership of Rafalca to declare dressage the sport of the summer. All four of the clips are here for your enjoyment, and to send to your friends who somehow didn’t see it yet. This one is everyone’s favorite.
Which is your favorite? Or do you have another we missed? Let us know in the comments.