Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship fame brought the audience to its feet on Saturday with his winning performance in the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle Championships.
From a USEF press release:
James’ performance brought the crowd to their feet as he performed all the spins, stops, run-downs and lead changes bareback, and then while seated backwards. As if that weren’t enough, he also dismounted at one point and sent the chestnut spinning on his own with a wave of his hand.
His costume was a mirror image of that worn by Johnny Depp in the film The Lone Ranger, and his music featured both the classic theme and music from the film. “Growing up as a kid I wanted to be a movie horse trainer,” said James of the inspiration for his performance.
However, James admitted that learning to ride the horse backwards was trickier than he anticipated. “For a little while I spent more time picking myself off the ground than riding,” said James. “They say that the key to horsemanship is keeping the horse between you and the earth, but I didn’t do much of that.”
Let’s see that one more time!
More from the Kentucky reining cup is available on-demand on USEF Network here.
Go Dan, and Go Riding!
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