You can learn a lot by watching the polished, perfect rides from professionals. You can also learn a lot by watching the imperfect rides too.
How’s that meme go?
Rider: Horse, slow down. You don’t even know where we’re going.
Horse: GOING FAST.
That’s kind of the vibe we got from the first few moments of Elisa Wallace’s helmet cam with “Lear,” known in eventing circles as Fly With Me and formerly known on the track as Sir Teddy. Lear is owned by Mike, Maddie and Michele Chisholm and wowed the crowds at October’s Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park, but he’s getting down to serious business with Elisa Wallace around the southeast’s eventing calendar as well.
The 2018 eventing season kicked off with a horse trials at Sporting Days in Aiken, South Carolina, where Lear and Wallace competed in the Training Horse division. We give Elisa Wallace a ton of credit — she shares not only the perfect rides, but the less-than-perfect baby horse moments as well. After all, plenty of riders look up to the professionals, and if they’re not going to give us an inside look at what it’s like to get a green OTTB to focus on the job at hand, how else will we learn?
Good boy, Lear! I think it’s safe to say that this handsome fellow probably learned a lot in this particular outing, and will likely come into his next trip a smarter, quicker-thinking event horse in the making.