The Horse Circus: 9.26.14

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Special Report: Live From The Los Angeles Masters

Since it’s Friday, I wanted to be sure to give you the weekly dose of horses in action you’ve come to expect from The Horse Circus. Of course, for me it’s a horse circus all weekend long as I cover the inaugural Los Angeles Masters. But with so much to see and do, I haven’t even shared any actual horse experiences with you yet. Time to remedy that!

The level of competition here at the LA Masters is truly an embarrassment of riches for the show jumping aficionado. Riders like Rodrigo Pessoa, Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington, McLain Ward, Scott Brash, Michael Whitaker, and Patrice Delaveau are all on hand. And I’m not kidding when I say I’ve only named a few of the world-class competitors here. This is certainly the Oscars of horseback riding.

So far, the highlight for a jumping junkie like me was to watch each of the riders warm up their mounts for the main event on Thursday. Each rider had sixty seconds to introduce their horse to the Masters Grand Slam arena and to jump a few fences. It’s one thing to see international riders compete – but to watch them train – that is truly extraordinary!

And I should note that all visitors to the Los Angeles Masters are given the opportunity to see a sliver of this action as the warm up arena is literally right in the middle of the shopping village. To say that you are up close to the action at the Masters is truly an understatement.

Warm Up

And now without further ado, here are a few of my favorite shots from day one. Enjoy!

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Rodrigo Pessoa

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Michael Whitaker

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Beezie Madden

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