Nov. 8, 2013
/CNW/ - The phrase "We have a jump off!" is commonly heard around the horse show ring, but it's rarely, if ever, heard following a speed class at a four-star international event.
Tonight the 'one-in-a-million' happened.
Veteran American rider
) put in an incredible round in what, under normal circumstances would have been the first and only round of the
Weston Canadian Open, at
Royal Horse Show. Woodstock O galloped, turned, lengthened and shortened his stride and put in some incredible jumping efforts, stopping the clock in an astonishingly quick 60.83 seconds.
Then a few horses later,
, FL) and
did EXACTLY the same thing. And so - we had a jump off.
Dinan, 20, is a student of Biology at
. She has had an exceptionally busy Royal as she had to commute back to
yesterday to write an exam this morning and fly back into
before tonight's class.
"Sometimes I think it all happens so fast that I don't have enough time to stress myself out." said Dinan. "I'm very lucky that I'm in a position where I can miss a day here and the people taking care of Glory are so on top of him; everything is under control and I can just show up for the class and that's a really lucky position to be in. I am very thankful for the team we have."
"I had looked at the jump off when we walked the course, only because I had done a little bit of a double-take - you don't usually see a jump-off course on a speed diagram. But I never actually thought I'd be jumping it!" laughed Dinan after the class.