The grooms! They work to keep the horses looking perfect. When I watched the slow motion relays, of the live streaming Olympic Dressage ,I was amazed at the beautifully clipped legs of the horses and their shining hooves. And those beautiful tails! But the immaculate turn out is not all they do. They know their horses so well and respect every aspect of their horses’ personalities. They are the security blanket for many horses that would otherwise be nervous at a competition like the Olympics or having to be on a plane flying across the world.
The riders are very appreciative of the work their grooms put in. Here are quotes from Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester.
I saw this picture and it really made me a little emotional. Alan, thank you for everything you do; you are such an anchor for the team and the horses completely adore you. I’ve said it before but we would be nowhere with the hard work, patience and commitment of our grooms. The horses and our careers are such a big part of their lives and Alan rides every test with us; he carries the pressures, the highs and the lows with us. Our medals are yours also
My word did this beautiful horse step up for me big time in that Freestyle. Beyond proud of him! A big thank you to Lucy for all your efforts in taking care of him at these Games and for the many years she has looked after him. He’s a sensitive soul and she has held his hand (hoof) every step of the way.Carl Hester
The grooms make all the difference at a major championship like the Olympics. There is so much pressure on the riders and they must have confidence that their grooms are looking after the horses. These grooms know their horses and can look after them with that knowledge. They are worth their weight in gold!!