Ready to REALLY ride?
So I THINK I have done it. Wrassled the file from the GoPro into something my poor limping internet connection could actually upload that might have the vestiges of some of the incredible HD quality it started off with. But you will have to tell me how it looks your end …
To backtrack quickly for those new to this discussion/blog, my very favourite horse sport is campdrafting. It’s uniquely Australian and I reckon the combination of skill, speed, adrenalin and three sets of minds (human, horse, bovine) make it pretty exciting. And when I realised that with my new toy (a GoPro Hero2 camera) I could get footage of what it FEELS like to actually compete, I HAD to try to share.
Here is a ‘map’ of what the rider is trying to achieve – separating a steer/heifer from a small mob in a yard/camp, proving they can hold it away from the mob (this is called the ‘cut-out’), then taking it out into the arena around a course. Points are allotted for cut-out (total possible is 26), horse-work (how effectively and skillfully the horse-rider combo work – total possible is 70) and the course (total possible is 4).
Yesterday I shared some of the stills from the action at last weekend’s campdraft, like this…
…of Tony (my
victim volunteer rider) competing with the camera in place.
Now for the view from atop the stallion.
(Tip: If your internet connection is like mine, I recommend pausing near start of clip and waiting for the full clip to download before playing.)
As you watch remember that the only thing holding the rider on is balance, thigh muscles and anticipation.
Are you ready to ride?
How did you go?
Was that fun?