Kelly McKnight and his Grand Prix ride Zan Chin, jumping best in just a halter.
“The first time I showed up for a grand prix in a halter, people thought I was looney tunes,” recalled McKnight. “Then they watch for a minute and see it work. In a bridle she was kind of bouncy and fractious. Put on a halter and she’s smooth as silk, and she’s simple to the jumps. Before it was up and down and right and left. Now it’s just smooth, crazy fun.” - Kelly McKnight.
Also pictured is Zan Chin out in her 4 acre field (which she shares with two mares), and conditioning work on the Californian hills with Kelly’s other Grand Prix horse Highland Elegance being ponied.
x (photos by Sara Jorgensen, Erin Gilmore and Kelly McKnight).