I will have to delve into old photos but I worked on a yard with 24 connies at one point. We would buy, normally from Clifden, as unbroken and wild ponies and back and school them before selling on or keeping for the riding school.
excellent all rounders, great temperaments and generally nice...
also, apart from the Lithuanian rider and the Chilean whose reins broke, none of them got stroppy, pretty much all of them patted their horse. Even the USA guy who had a fair few poles gave his horse lots of love and a kiss on the neck. They seemed to appreciate the horses and those horses were...
so here is my list:
Mexico 1st 2nd
China 2nd (I think)
I think the women need to sort themselves out because the standard of riding was much better today than their riding yesterday.
So far, I have 8 on a list of competitors that (in my opinion) were not up to the standard. Not saying others weren’t messy but the rest gave with their hands and didn’t interfere too much, allowing the horses to do their job. I do think that they shouldn’t wear spurs because alot of them do not...