July 9, 2012 11:14 AM Subscribe
Go for a 1st-person ride at Rolex with Doug Payne and Running Order
posted by lonefrontranger (20 comments total)
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Here's a nifty window into the world of 3-day eventing
; the triathlon of the equestrian sports world [Previously
] beware, video maybe vertigo and/or habit forming; OP not held accountable for time spent down the rabbithole linking thru Doug's many other wonderful helmet-cam rides & analyses.
Maybe speaking strictly for myself here, but nearly every horse-crazy teenage girl's dream is to someday make it to the Rolex 3-day event as a competitor. I have been to Rolex several times, merely as a spectator. The fences are terrifyingly huge. I believe Doug makes mention of this somewhere in his video analysis; he himself is 6'3" and cannot see over the "drop" elements from the low side.
I'm extremely grateful to Doug for the time he has taken to put together this and his other XC helmet-cam videos. He does some very articulate analysis on this video (including explaining his mental error that confused the horse and caused the one mistake they had) thus providing internet horse junkies and others worldwide an unique insight into the sport, as well as a wonderful "ride-along" experience that we would not, or could not, ever experience for ourselves.
Here is a bonus video
that explains the back story of Running Order's development from a "weedy" failed steeplechaser to the talented, up and coming 4-star athlete he is today.
as a teenager/young adult, I spent over a decade working my way up through the eventing ranks to Advanced; got all the way to a couple FEI 3-star events, then had a show jumping wreck that permanently spooked me out of competition. This stuff is not easy.