Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
In Winter’s Tale, author Mark Helprin wrote of the hero horse, “He moved like a dancer, which is not surprising; a horse is a beautiful animal, but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.” Over the past several 100% Sound articles, I’ve shared many instances in which horses inspire film, theater and most importantly music. Perhaps it is because of their rhythmical movements and authentic heart that they have inspired so many noteworthy original songs for films.
As a refresher on these works, check out the latest 100% Sound playlist, Top Ten All Time Best Original Songs Nominees for Horse Lovers:
This Thursday, we learned that inspired original songs come not only from movies but also from the stage, as is the case of “Another Horsedreamer’s Blues,” by Counting Crows. Read all about it in Marjorie’s Dreaming Of Horses. Of course, the Counting Crows tune taught us a second lesson as well. We equestrians can be quite adept at interpreting music roused from equines as well, often giving it a new spin.
Given this in depth look at interpretive horse songs, I thought this weekend it was time to truly see some equestrians interpret music. And what better place to do so than with freestyle vaulting. Below are the gold, silver and bronze medal performances from the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Without further ado, get ready to be awed!