As has become tradition, the AD and I made our way to the International Horse Show at Olympia. I was surprisingly organised this year and managed to secure decent seats for the Thursday evening. I actually got to see the Puissance live! (But, then, the power of twitter may have already let you know that).
Here are some of my favourite photographs from the night, in roughly chronological order.
Four Time Penalties
Soraya de l’Obstination, ridden by USA’s Reed Kessler, coming in just half an inch too low on fence 3 of the Christmas Pudding Stakes show jumping.
Mersley Chakotay flying by
Ridden by Great Britain’s William Whitaker.
Madame Ballerina, trained by Tracy Flower, showing the rest of the field how it’s done in a winning round.
These guys – the Ukranian Cossacks – are ridiculously nimble on horse back.
… But it get’s nimbler!
The Metropolitan Police are, of course, not to be out-done.
Metropolitan Police Display
Yes, real flames and a full canter crossing paths.
Now for the main event – the Puissance.
Making It Look Easy
Fantomas de Muze, ridden by Belgium’s Karline De Brabander.
Noctambule Courcelle, ridden by Guy Williams playing at home.
Armani the Gun CH, ridden by Puis Schwizer for Switzerland.
Making it Look Hard
Fantomas de Muze and Karline De Brabander again. They cleared it, and finished in a respectable second place behind:
The Winning Jump
David Simpson on Richi Rich, winning it for Ireland.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year