Today’s “Oh Crap” moment is brought to you by reader Sarah Ward, who was on her way to a blue ribbon at the 2011 National Horse Show… until this happened.
Sarah writes: “Me and my horse Onassis at the National in 2011. Brace yourself. This was during the handy, Onassis hasn’t always been a fan of the split rail jumps and he definitely showed me that that day. I ended up loaded up into an ambulance and was in a neck brace for a couple of months and ended up having to get shoulder surgery later on (if you watch in slow motion, you can see how I land on my right shoulder). When I came back, the judges found my trainer and me and told us I would have won the class–it was the third to last jump and we had been doing pretty well! I begged them to let me show in the stake the next day, but since I was taken away in an ambulance there is some sort of rule that disallows the rider back on a horse on show property for a certain period of time. I did show the following weekend, only to have the horse flip over on me. Needless to say, I took some time off–but I still get a good laugh every time I watch this, especially his reaction at the end when he looks into the camera as if to say ‘oops!'”
Wow Sarah. An urge to “get back on the horse” is a hallmark of gutsy riders, but you were really taking it to the next level here. Clearly, you were NOT OK! You got scraped off the ground and hauled away in AN AMBULANCE!! You ended up having to have SURGERY!!! And yet, you still wanted to ride in the horse show THE NEXT DAY!!!! That’s what we call dedication. With maybe a little insanity tossed in as well.
Horse Nation truly has the toughest riders in the land. Sarah, we salute you!
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