Maybe it comes down to…being a horseman

22 Jul

 

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who own horses —  and horsemen.

It takes both kinds to support a sport, but only one kind can make magic.

Everyone loves the story of an underdog reaching championships and triumph ; cue Olympic music, as the famous words of Baron de Coubertin are intoned:

<< “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”>>

In the horse world, the struggle and the triumph is truly different from any other sport, Olympic or otherwise.

It requires  two athletes, one an alien somewhat modified by breeding and training. In each discipline, the partnership and its communication are judged, whether over fences, across land or in the sandbox arena. In the case of driving, there are as many as four aliens.

In all horse sport, success comes down to trust and faith even more than luck. To making ‘the struggle’  look effortless, desired equally by both partners.

Everything else is tainted by the human need for more: more sponsorships; more tickets; more media coverage; more money invested and spent. By the desire to have the thrill of breaking the boundary–but not at the cost of any visible suffering.

As Dr. Reiner Klimke said, “We ride them because they let us.”

Here’s to The Horse.

child and pony(jenn tirrell)

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