In the Red Hills of Tallahassee Florida
there are the yearly 3-day Eventing Horse trials
Where the Olympians mingle.
Where horses have seeming wings
My youngest…an eventer and I were lucky to be there for the Cross Country portion.
The heart and trust that helps them to fly is palpable.
This is the triathlon of the horse world for horse and man
Involving stadium jumping, dressage and cross country.
Involving gusto and guts and….soul
Boyd Martin was one of the eventers…
(if you have a minute read and watch the link embedded in his name above. You WILL have tears as you meet his $850 dollar horse and a true story of life saving friendship)
We held him in our hearts as he flew by us…as his wife Silva…another Olympian
lay in a hospital 7 hours away…having been in a tragic horse accident herself last week.
‘It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature. Of course, once it has got its wings, it will soar over fences which could never have been jumped and thus beat the natural horse at its own game.’ ~CS Lewis