world equestrian games

Remembering the great ones;

Blue Hors Matine (1997-2010)

Matine’s fairy tale is synonymous with the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. She seemed to appear out of nowhere and, under rider Andreas Helgstrand, won the Grand Prix for Denmark, along with silver in the Freestyle (kur), although 9 million YouTube viewers would probably have placed her first.
Matine’s performance in the USA for the 2007 FEI Dressage World Cup was highly anticipated but a mishap occurred during transport or on arrival, causing injury, and she did not compete. The mare apparently never completely regained her full athletic soundness and was retired from training in 2009.
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For some reason I wanted to watch this again today. Obv not the most technically accurate test, but I’ve yet to see a dressage test give me the feels like that.

Don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd getting so involved either. I love when the crowd gets passionate.

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bonus: the dressage video even non-dressage people can enjoy.