Evans’ involvement in the equestrian world extended well beyond her own riding. As she recounted to the equestrian-lifestyle magazine Untacked in 2017, over the years she owned horses for Flettrich as well as for top eventing riders Marcia Kulak and Phillip Dutton. One of Kulak’s upper-level event horses, Chagall, eventually became Evans' dressage mount.
It was Sept 30, 2018. “YEEEEEOW!” The crowd screams, we’re under the bright lights, and all 22 of us are going a seeming hundred miles per hour, vying for the judges attention, nostrils flared, and feet pounding the earth. After 10 years and countless shows, this is the culmination of our career as a saddleseat team, my last saddleseat view between the ears, and boy is it bittersweet.
We all have a heart horse, and if we are very very fortunate, we may have more than one in our lifetimes. I’m that lucky girl that has had several, but my guy “George,” CH-SH New York City Slicker, will always have the majority of space in my being.
This year, I’ve been patiently standing in the wash rack with hose in hand, watching for this horse’s eyes to soften before I spray. This year, I’ve been grabbing a fistful of chestnut mane as we venture outside of the arena. This year, I’ve been gaining the trust of a horse who has every reason not to trust anymore.
Moose came into my life when, truthfully, I couldn’t have needed him more. I found myself mid-pandemic unemployed, at my heaviest weight, and depressed. My friend recommended I start riding again, something I hadn’t done in over three years and did very much miss. However, there was no way I was getting on any average sized horse, with my then weight being well over 250lbs. So she told me to find something big enough that I would feel comfortable.
By Chelsey Burris The Olympics bring the world together to compete in top-level international sporting events. Thousands of athletes from around the world participate, and after a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the...