Okay, I know I keep bitching about the dressage riders that ride on top level. I know I have said it all before, but here we go again, lock and load. I felt like shooting quite a few of the riders from this weekend’s Danish Championship. It is quite horrible how animal abuse has not only become legal, but is rewarded as well.
Honestly, we didn’t go there to take ugly pictures. Honestly we weren’t even planning on going. Then we found out that Hasse Hoffmann and Princess Natalie were holding a clinic before the finals. Foolish as we were we went there to see that, only to find that the whole program had been moved an up an hour and Hasse and Natalie were long gone. Since we were there anyway, we settled for watching some dressage.
I had expected lousy horsemanship, cruel hands, horses with open mouths and such, but never in my wildest imagination did I expect how many horrible pictures we came home with. In fact, I pity the journalist that has to try and find a good picture of most of the riders… I am not sure it can be done…
So, let’s start with the ones that were sympathetic riders and well trained horses;
Not perfect, but rather nicely working horses.
Here we have the new Danish Championship winner;
I have no comments. Nothing to say at all. I believe I have said it all before.
And here, her trainer and another man from their stable;
Now, I must say, watching the one guy tear his horse around by the double bit, hyper flex it openly, overextend it half of the time, and all in all displaying a terrible lack of compassion, of empathy, of decency, of understanding for the fellow creature he was working with, I felt sick. I actually started looking around for officials, wondering why he was allowed to openly abuse his horse like that. In my world he should, not only have been disqualified, but reported for animal abuse. That kind of behavior is not, under any circumstances, in any way shape or form, acceptable.
So, way to go Helgstrand Dressage. Just when I thought the world of horses couldn’t get any uglier, you guys did it again… Congratulations on the gold medal, I guess it was Anna’s turn by now… That is the only reason I can phantom as to why she won and why you three were even allowed to show your abused, broken and tortured horses.
And let’s be fair. There were a LOT of terrible riding, but nothing like what the riders from Helgstrand Dressage managed to display…
So, the top of Danish dressage, ladies and gentlemen… oh boy, are we a proud nation…
And for the record, we have about 2000 of these pictures, this is NOT one lousy shot, taken out of context. If anyone wants to see them all, contact me on email; firstname.lastname@example.org