Mar­i­lyn Lit­tle and RF Scan­dalous

Practical Horseman - - Cross Country With Jim Wofford -

Good horses make hard cour­ses look easy. RF Scan­dalous (Kitty) and Mar­i­lyn Lit­tle are in the mid­dle of a se­ri­ous four-star com­bi­na­tion with long dis­tances between el­e­ments. You can see the an­gle that Kitty is tak­ing across the An­gled Cabin at 6C while Mar­i­lyn is al­ready mea­sur­ing her left turn to­ward a 90-de­gree cor­ner. Be­cause she rides with a lit­tle-too-long stir­rup leather for up­per level cross-coun­try work, Mar­i­lyn has to stand up straight in the stir­rups to stay with Kitty’s prodi­gious ef­fort. She is in the right place at the top of their arc over the cabin, but her straight knee will mag­nify the shock of land­ing. De­tails like this did not pre­vent this pair from win­ning this year’s Na­tional Four-Star Cham­pi­onship, as the top-placed U.S. com­bi­na­tion in the event.

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