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Jumping Swans and Armored Dressage
Last Saturday (Dec 7), Jessica Springsteen competed at the Style & Competition for AMADE at the 2013 Gucci Paris Masters while parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa looked on.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, “The 21-year-old, who has represented the U.S.in the 2012 FEI Nations Cup and the Show Jumping World Cup, dressed as a white swan, wearing a form fitting princess style bodice, an off-white tutu and white feather accessories.”
Ok, to be perfectly honest, it looked a little Bjork-ish to us… But you know, whatever feathers your tutu! We are never going to diss a nationally ranked horsewoman who’s dad wrote:
“And the horses pound like thunder
They bolt like lightning on her range
She feels she’s going under and she zeros in the rein
She’s so strange”
Marie - lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
Because that is so, well, Counter-Canter Culture-ish…
Meanwhile across the channel, dressage superstar Charlotte Dujardin, who won two 2012 Olympic gold medals, went for a ride with the Household Cavalry in Hyde Park, London last Thursday Dec 5. According to Horse and Hound, Dujardin rode a Cavalry Black named Integrity and felt it was a privilege “…to go back to the roots of the sport that has given me so much joy and an honor to ride a well known Cavalry Black Horse.”
The Household Cavalry is the Queen’s official bodyguard and comprised of two senior regiments of the British Army: the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals. In addition to their ceremonial duties on horseback, members of the Household Cavalry serve in the Royal Armoured Corps. Both Prince William and Prince Harry were commissioned into the Blues and Royals.
Every year The Household Cavalry presents their historic display, The Musical Ride. Some recruits have never ridden a horse before joining and have had only 18 weeks training before the performance whose discipline and teamwork helps prepare them for operational duties.