The Olympics are on. I love the Olympics. I love watching the best compete and chase their dreams.
This morning I woke up when my phone vibrated on the galley table. For those who are new to Hello Elliot, I spend my summer weekends away from the barn and on the boat. My buddy was reminding me that the show jumping was on. I made a pot of coffee, settled in front on my laptop and for the next few hours I watched horse and rider go around the course. Some had no faults while others had many. Those without faults started their Olympic run in great form; those with faults have baggage to overcome in the next rounds.
As I sat and watched the water jump dampen a few and the oxer/ vertical combination trip up others, I couldn’t help make the comparison to life. I admire those who put themselves in the arena, those that face obstacles.
The buzzer goes off and the athletic pair takes off, navigating each obstacle. They rely on their skill, their strength and their mind and they make something happen. I watched a couple fall off, with horse going one way and rider the other. It’s interesting to watch when a rider leads their horse from the arena while another rider may allow a groom to lead the horse back to the stable. Some riders hold their head high, while others shuffle out with head slumped.
When an obstacle takes you down, some get stronger, some fall under and others re-evaluate their path.
Go Canada Go