Anatomy of a Refusal
So, I think the actual money shot here is the one I posted the other day, but I wanted to share the whole sequence because in reading some of the re-blogs, I saw people suggesting that Gordonstown was at fault for this and when you look at the whole sequence, you can tell that in actuality, it was Maddie Blackman who made the mistake.
That mistake actually happened before I started shooting—she came off the previous fence and ditch ahead of him and by the time he got about a stride away from this it was clear he wasn’t going to be able to do it, so I threw my camera up hoping to catch the action. If you look at these at full size, you’ll see that she has no weight in her heels and is on his neck before he even takes off—but he tries to make the jump anyway.
Really hard. He tries REALLY hard.
This is not to be critical of Maddie—she is a hell of a rider, as evidenced by the fact that she stayed on here and went on to complete the course. I just think it’s important to call it as it was and it was not Gordonstown’s mistake.
This is the Best Post I’ve seen all day. BRAVO.
Famous Thoroughbreds of the Past
This is the legendary Hall of Fame Jumper Snowbound with Bill Steinkraus, one of the greatest riders of the Show Jumping scene. Snowbound was an off-the-track Thoroughbred, and not a successful one at that. He took three years to break his maiden.
He was also known for having lots of tendon problems, probably in part due to his extravagant and powerful jump efforts.
With Steinkraus aboard, he won Gold in the 1968 Olympics, and multiple European competitions throughout his career. Steinkraus once said about him: “the bigger the occasion, the more he rose to it, and he never gave up.”