This week’s comic is for my eventing fans, particularly those who tuned in the last few days to watch some truly fabulous riding. Even if I’m a DQ these days I have to admit that I love watching talented pairs go cross country.
Given that it’s the Olympics, it probably isn’t shocking that the course in Rio was challenging to say the least. One of the most spectacular moments for me was watching Phillip Dutton’s ride, particularly his riding at fence 6b, where he somehow managed to magic himself back into the saddle after Mighty Nice misunderstood the fence (AND keep Mighty Nice on course). If you missed it, you need to go back and watch. That was outstanding riding! Seriously, that man is a genius. Today it was followed by more of the same and Phillip and Mighty Nice went on to win the individual bronze.
As a sort of tribute to that I’ve made this week’s comic …
Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 32-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a now beastly 5-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at www.theideaoforder.com.