Rolex wasn’t the only big event taking place this weekend…
While many riders have been glued to Eventing Nation and the Rolex leaderboards all weekend (at least, when we weren’t Facebook-stalking friends who were lucky enough to make the trip to Kentucky), there was a very different show simultaneously going on at the Kentucky Horse Park–the $120,000 Kentucky Reining Cup at the Alltech Arena.
Of course, top names like Sean Flarida were competing (and winning):
[Sean Flarida and Spooks Gotta Whiz]
And throughout the weekend there were special crowd-pleasing acts like Valiant the blind 4th level dressage and trail horse, trained by Jeanette Sassoon and John Lyons.
But I have to say that the reining musical freestyle is the most fun to watch. The costumes range from patriotic…
[Jessica Dooley and Footwork Dun It]
To kind of topical…
[Dan James as Tonto from the recent Lone Ranger movie, and Smart Little Elan]
To just flat-out weird.
[Shane Brown and Kita Whiz riding to “Pour Some Sugar on Me”]
That is possibly the SCARIEST gingerbread man and the sparkliest cookie I’ve ever seen. But they won!
You can find even more from this weekend’s world-class reining at the USEF Network website.