Gold Shoes for Jonelle's Golden Girls.
I have two small children that keep me on my toes during the day but that didn't stop me staying up four chilly nights in a row fireside to watch the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2018 via a live internet feed.
Below: My Badminton set up by the fireside. You might just be able to make out Badminton House on my computer screen?!
It was an incredibly exciting event to watch and an absolute showjumping nail biter. I'll admit it, I shed a few tears of joy when our kiwi girl Jonelle Price and Classic Moet won, what an achievement!
It was their infamously speedy cross-country performance in the sticky, holding ground that catapulted them from 22nd place after the dressage phase to the top of the leader board.
Here's a few pics I took (of my computer screen) as I was watching the final phase of showjumping, and shared to Horseshoe Mementoes Instagram Stories.
I remember equestrian legend Mark Todd's quote to the media just before the event started,
"Tennis has Wimbledon and Eventing has Badminton" Mark Todd.
Badminton is described as the holy grail of horse eventing.
Bearing witness to the entire event and listening to Jonelle's summary of the winning feeling in an interview immediately after her win "Dreams come True". She said being a four-star winner is like being part of an elite club and that club had eluded her for a number of years. "I've had Classic Moet since she was 10 and [her owner] Tricia Rickards has had eventers for 30 years and this is her first four-star win, so it's a special moment for us all" Jonelle Price.
Her comments made me think, this really is a 'Horseshoe Mementoes Moment'. If I was Jonelle, I would love a memento of this incredible moment. So, a few days later I sent Jonelle an email with the subject 'Hold onto your Badminton Winning Horseshoes", offering to transform one of Classic Moet's Badminton winning horseshoes into a Horseshoe Memento for her.
Jonelle promptly replied "Thanks for your very kind offer. She’s actually had the shoes whipped off. I’ll see if they are still around or not?!".
Shortly after, the shoes were found.
THEN, Jonelle (this time riding Faerie Dianimo), won Luhmuhlen four-star event in Germany!
Back four-star wins!!
So, I sent Jonelle this message;
"Wow Jonelle, what a season you're having! Congratulations on your Luhmuhlen victory, another very exciting finish and fantastic achievement.
Jonelle's response to her Horseshoe Mementoes...
"Thank you so much, they are truly beautiful" Jonelle Price.
It was such an honour transforming and creating them for Jonelle. Wishing Jonelle and Classic Moet - and all the other riders representing New Zealand at Tryon World Equestrian Games this week all the very best.
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