In last Monday’s Minstrel I posted some photos of a Grand Prix dressage horse in the mid-air moment of a flying change. For the Grand Prix jumper the airborne moment is the moment we see most often in photos. So this week I wanted to show you the lift off, the up and over and the landing! Here are three photos of Pedro Junqueira Muylaert riding Chacote in the CSI 4* at the Derby Field in Wellington yesterday. I think these photos will show the tremendous athleticism of the horse and rider in jumping over these very big jumps. Also worth noting how the rider in all three photos is looking to the next fence. He is already preparing for that fence which comes up after a short turn. And, as the horse is landing, the rider is giving with his hands and arms to allow the horse to have freedom in his neck for balancing the landing.
Happy Monday to you all!