Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Weaverville, NC
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I absolutely agree that a movie about the 1966 TWH Celebration and it's aftermath would be a huge hit - for horse lovers and anyone who likes to see the "underdog" win. It was a Cinderella story in a male-dominated industry where Betty's completely natural and sound horse won!
Betty had a "Big Lick" horse that was 100% natural! According to first hand eye witnesses, Betty had minimal padding on Shocker and used "dog chains" i.e. very light chains. The action was all Shocker. Her horse out performed and clearly outlasted every horse in the ring - he was born to do the work. While other "sored" horses were giving out, "Shocker was just getting warmed up"
The tragedy of this story is following her clear victory, Betty was ridiculed, threatened and forced out of the industry not only for beating all the "good ol boys" in the Grand Championship with a completely sound and extraordinary stallion but also for being obnoxiously outspoken AGAINST the cruel practices of soring. She later trained TWH's for dressage and steeplechase, showing how versatile the breed can be.
Someone really needs to tell the REAL and fascinating story of Betty Sain.