Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
Of course the World Equestrian Games are first and foremost about the horses. But over the past two weeks, spectators at the games have been treated to a fair amount of music as well. From the official anthem and the opening ceremony to the freestyle events, and even to the Alltech Music Festival in the village, music has regularly shared the spotlight with fine horsemanship.
This weekend we take a look back at three of the finest horse and music pairings from the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
1. Dujardin Wins Freestyle Gold To A Clever Soundtrack
As in the 2012 London Olympics, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were untouchable in their dressage freestyle performance, winning with an outstanding 92.161%. What was new in Normandy was the musical selection. The duo is now dancing to the ever so cleverly selected score for “How To Train Your Dragon.” While we at Counter-Canter Culture doubt that Valegro is the kind of horse to be described as a “dragon,” the humor in the selection is not lost on us! Dujardin and Valegro are quite the perfect duo not unlike Hiccup and his ride, Toothless.
2. Linder and Wacha’s Pas de Deux Debut Wins With Vegas Style
Jasmin Lindner and Lukas Wacha of Austria are quickly becoming the Dujardin and Valegro of the vaulting world. Their Pas de Deux routines regularly receive over 9 out of a possible ten points from the judges. They have even received the basically unheard of perfect ten. At the World Equestrian Games, they did not disappoint, snagging another first place finish with a routine is inspired by the former Las Vegas performers, Siegfried and Roy, known for their work with white tigers.
The video of Linder and Wacha’s World Equestrian Games is not yet publically available, so for now we’ll have to make do with their amazing performance at the FEI World Cup Finals in Bordeaux earlier this year. And-surprise-they are preforming to 100% Sound favorite, Gotye!
3. Aloe Blacc Sets The Perfect Tone On The Alltech Music Festival Stage
Perhaps I’m biased, but I think last night’s ‘US Night’ on the Alltech Music Festival Stage was the best yet. Aloe Blacc was an inspired choice for the equestrian crowd. He is probably know him best for his collaboration with Avicii on “Wake Me Up,” which spawned a favorite equestrian music video here at 100% Sound. Just in case you’ve overlooked the “Wake Me Up” music video, featuring Aloe Blacc’s amazing vocals, here it is for your viewing pleasure!