‘Oh Crap’ Moment of the Day: Jumping blindfolded into the Head of the Lake

This is EXACTLY what you don’t want to happen when you’re competing at Rolex.

The year is 2006. The Head of the Lake was BIG and claimed several victims including three-time Rolex winner Kim Severson and future two-time Rolex winner William Fox-Pitt, who both took a dunking.

HN blogger Gretchen Pelham captured these spectacular photos of Stephen Bradley riding Brandenburg’s Joshua through the Lake and was kind enough to share:

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Wow. Despite Stephen’s wardrobe malfunction, neither horse nor rider ever took their eye off the ball–metaphorically speaking, at least! So how did they fare on the rest of the course? After coming home clear with only 2.8 time penalties, the pair jumped a foot-perfect show jumping round to finish in 3rd place overall.

Many thanks to Gretchen for sharing. In case you missed it, be sure to check out her post “The Art of Fan-girl Stalking at Rolex” from yesterday.

Go Riding, and don’t forget to double-knot those pinnies!


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