Great Videos, all of them. I am not surprised with some of the comments on this thread as they are on every Saddlebred thread. I grew up with the breed and have been on the backs of more Saddlebreds than I can count and they were all amazing. Many years ago I rode a mare that the trainer said was "like sitting on a keg of dynamite, you never knew when she was going to blow" Your adrenaline definitely got going and the horse always appeared to breath fire and blow smoke but she never, ever went over the top. She would rear about a foot off the ground in the front but a simple "whoop" and she was back at it. "Whoop" meant to settle or "wrong" and it was time to try a different approach.
The excitement level at these shows can't be felt unless you have been there. It isn't just sitting there quietly watching, it is hooting and hollering and having a grand time of it. Watching these videos brings back memories, I can smell the shavings and food etc.... I can hear the horses hugging and snorting and the sound of their hooves as they truck down the rail. I love watching the 1988 World Champion 5 gaited video... it never gets old. Brings me back every single time and I LOVE it every time.
As far as riding Couragous lord, Well, I wish I could be younger again and you bet I would hop aboard, in a second. I have always loved a hot horse and enjoy a ride you have to "RIDE" not just sit there on. This horse is game as heck and would be a blast.
I have to say, the helmet cam makes the rider look anxious but I think it was just a weird perspective because at first I thought he was galloping the way it was moving but then I realized it was just the way the camera was moving. I watched a video of a jockey riding Zenyata with a helmet cam. I loved that too.
Thanks for posting all of these and for once again reminding me of the wonderful and exciting world of the World Championship Saddlebred shows.
Also wanted to add; the roadsters are a blast too but I would prefer to drive when there are only a few in the ring, rather then watching out for other horses. Going up on one wheel around the corner is.... exciting AND scary. Fun too. :)
Last edited by Inga; 08-27-2013 at 10:20 PM.