Wednesday, November 9, 2011
A Horse to Remember
I'm not involved in show jumping except for being a spectator, and honestly can only name 2 or 3 other horses and riders. I watched the World Equestrian Games last year, and saw Hickstead jump 4 perfect rounds with 4 different riders. He did not touch one rail. Something about that performance really hooked me. Although the other top 3 horses were outstanding as well, there was a charisma about Hickstead that stood out. He wanted to win as much as his rider. He ran at every jump with determination, and had a lovely way of kicking out his heels as he sailed over each jump. There is something magical about watching horses fly through the air, and Hickstead harnessed that magic.
The other day I was randomly thinking about jumping, and decided to look up the video of the WEG final round. What popped up instead was a breaking news article about the sudden death of Hickstead. To those in the jumping world, this is a trajedy akin to the loss of the great racing filly Ruffian. The world has lost a phenomenal athlete, and one who will be remembered as one of the greatest show jumpers of all time.
Here is a great video set perfectly to music that shows the wonder of Hickstead: YouTube