Watch the Warm-Up Ring

Practical Horseman - - Inside Your Ride -

When Richard Spooner isn’t rid­ing, he’s of­ten watch­ing other rid­ers—and the warm-up ring at ma­jor shows is a fa­vorite ob­ser­va­tion spot. “In Europe, there are of­ten more spec­ta­tors at the warm-up ring than there are for the grand prix classes in North Amer­ica.” For him, it’s al­ways a fas­ci­nat­ing scene. “Even some­thing as sim­ple as how some­body gets on their horse. Watch [French Olympian] Eric Navet, for ex­am­ple. Ev­ery time he gets on, he walks around his horse check­ing ev­ery­thing, even though he has a staff of top pro­fes­sion­als help­ing him.”

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