During these 2020 Olympics, our Belgian colleague Dirk Caremans keeps us up to date on all that’s happening in and around the Tokyo Equestrian Village, completing our news articles with his fantastic photographs. In addition, Dirk provides us with a daily update sharing his favourite photo of the day.
Dirk’s photo of today shows that it’s not all ease and harmony in the dressage ring. Sometimes a horse has a change of mind. In the second GP qualifier Layne Kelly for Australia rode the stunning twelve year old Oldenburger gelding Samhitas (v. Sir Donnerhall I). The duo started their test promising, scoring in the upper 70%’s. It was the first piaffe where Samhitas had a change of mind and seemed taken aback, rearing up in front of the world’s judge-full eyes. Layne Kelly however laid her trust in her four-legged partner and convinced him to carry on. She nursed her gelding home, ending her time at the Tokyo Olympics with a disheartening 58,354%.
Photo: Dirk Caremans – Hippo Foto