Let’s cut to the chase: If you watch through the entire video above, you’ll see one of the most unusual obstacles in the sport of eventing. At the end of this modified cross-country course, horse-and-rider pairs get sent through—literally through—the VIP spectator tent, and while they’re in there, they clear a jump with what looks like impossibly little headroom. The whole video is worth a view, but no one will blame you for skipping ahead to see that bit. It’s around the 4:25 mark.
Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless (aka Johnny) are veterans of four-star level competition, the highest level in three-day eventing. Wallace shared her experience at this year’s showcase with a helmet cam video that gives fans a rider’s-eye view of this unusual cross-country test.
Elisa and Johnny finished in 18th place overall. Boyd Martin won his third consecutive Wellington Eventing Showcase, this time with Welcome Shadow. Click here to see full results.
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com