This performance almost didn’t happen. On Saturday one of the horses slipped her stifle right before we went in the ring. Our Wonder Woman barn manager manipulated everything back in place and thankfully on Sunday the mare was ready to go. So, the long video wait is over! The music was the culprit. We didn’t have two cameras this time–too bad, because we synced up really well and closeups would have been icing on the cake. Anyhow, the issue was that the one camera we did have was not situated to pick up the music from the speaker very well. I didn’t have a copy of the track and the person who did was on a remote vacation on the other side of the country and returned yesterday.
The theme this year is Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum PI, with a short Dragnet introduction. Leis for horses and riders, Hawaiian shirts for riders and matching fabric browbands for horses.
So here it is, with a nice clean music track, shot from the judge’s point of view. Better to view it full screen so you can actually distinguish horses and riders at the far end of the ring😊
Fabulous! Just fabulous and it looks like you all had so much fun!
We do have fun! Couldn’t do all the work if the fun factor wasn’t there. It’s especially rewarding to see horses work together and even start to resonate to each other’s strides. This year, even with one new horse, they all got to the point where they could cozy up really close and not get pissy about it. Even with some big bumps—there were two of them in this performance. Did you notice?😁
I shared this to Horse Addict Leueen Facebook.
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Is it hardest being the rider at the front, because you can’t see what the others are doing? Or easiest, because you cant see what the others are doing?
Good questions! It’s hard all the time, it’s just a question of degree. When we’re blocking out all the moves we really need to have independent eyes on the ground, or else someone shooting video for us, so we can see if we’re wherever we’re supposed to be when we’re supposed to be there and that everything is symmetrical. Our choreographer/musical arranger is usually the person in front but not always. We’re all responsible for being aware of everyone else’s position and adjusting accordingly, so when the leader can’t see what’s going on she will query the rest of us for an opinion. When we hit an impasse we invite a knowledgeable person to observe and advise. As some people like to describe relationships, “it’s complicated!”
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Indeed it is! Thanks for taking the time to answer that question.