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Tad Griffith Trick Riding Exhibition! We always watch the riders, but I want you to watch the horses…






Well, as promised, here is the actual event that Tad and Tanya were practicing for in last week’s post about them.  So, you saw them rehearsing (and if you didn’t, here is that link) and now it is the big day!  Things didn’t go exactly as planned… This Fiesta arena is a bit smaller than Tad’s and this show is Tanya’s first…  You go, girl!

Anyway, I know you will want to watch this video to see them do their amazing tricks.  I certainly did.  But, after viewing it a few times, I turned my attention onto the horses.  Wow.  It was really something when you thought about what the horses did!  First of all, no one is steering.  These boys did what they knew they were supposed to do regardless if there was someone at the helm.  Now, we all know what horses can do if you drop the rein…  But not with these two.  Atta boys just kept on keeping on with what they knew they needed to do.  They never mosey to the center ring to eat flowers.  They don’t stop and rear at flashbulbs.  They don’t break into a trot or an uneven run, they don’t fuss, they don’t talk back, they don’t cut the circle… they just do their job with their ears up.  Wow.

Take a gander at Tanya’s horse.  First, she shimmies up on his neck, grabs a handful of poll mane and then steers him with it.  Hey, its all good…  She stands on his back and then, she hangs off the side of the saddle, moving around,  as he gallops around the arena...  Yeah, my horse would do that, too.  Not.  We riders often blame ourselves for leaning left and right (which we do) and say that we are hard on our horses for leaning one way (which we are).  So, imagine having a whole body over to one side!  Does the horse flinch?  No.  Does he stumble?  Nope again.  He just compensates and keeps going like he should.  Oh, and by the way, this horse got his belly slapped a few times by her hand and he didn’t even twitch an ear.  Never let them see you sweat.  This boy acted like it was just another day at the office.

And Tad’s horse!  OMG.  He just does his thing.  The boy has his head smacked a few times and his necked roughed up… does he do anything but his job?  No.  He just keeps an even gallop at all times.  So remarkable!  He didn’t change one bit from home to the show.  Don’t we all wish we could say that?  ;)

Oh, and I have to comment, check out how the horses watch each other.  Every time one stops and the other goes, the one standing watches with complete attention.  It would be so much fun to be able to read the thought bubbles from those horses…  (Roany)”Oooh, Tango, ouch, that musta hurt when she stuck her toe in your eyeball” … (Tango) “Nawww, I’m used to it… but did you see that kid throw a cup at me?  I almost jumped three feet!  Stoopid photographer popped a flash right in my eye!” (Roany) “You sure looked good out there, is your hip still bothering you?  Didn’t look like it, you looked like a colt out there” (Tango) “Awww, thanks, just doing my job…”  Or, something like that.

Anyway, please watch the Before and After videos (Tad at home and Tad at the show) and Enjoy!  If you have time, watch them again with the horses in mind.  They are very cute and such good boys!

Here is the You Tube version of Tad’s trickriding at the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse.

Here is the You Tube link of the previous video where Tad is rehearsing for this at home.

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Dontja Wish You Could Do This? Tad Griffith Roman Riding!! Wow.






THE BELOW POST WAS ONE OF MY FIRST… When I was producing my HORSE AND MAN series, I had the pleasure of shooting Tad Griffith and his wonderful mares, Black and Blue.  They have both since passed, but at the time of this video, they were both IN THEIR 30s!!!

Tad took excellent care of his girls.

I’m hoping that you enjoy revisiting this wonderful horseman who was totally enjoying himself with the mares that loved him.  Having spent so much time with them at their  home, I know those girls loved Tad and took excellent care of him.  They were bonded to each other and bonded to Tad.  It was glorious to watch…

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN APRIL OF 2010:

 

TAD GRIFFITH ROMAN RIDING AT THE FESTIVAL OF THE SPANISH HORSE!  Yowza.  OK folks, don’t try this at home…

So yesterday you got to meet, casually, the fabulous and talented movie horse trainer and trick rider, Tad Griffith. If you watched yesterday’s video, you heard Tad comment on his mares, Black and Blue.  Black and Blue are his Roman Riding mares.  They are a matched set and have been together their entire lives.  They do everything together (part of the training).  Black and Blue are featured here, today, in this Roman Riding Exhibition.

In yesterday’s post, Tad said that the horse whisperer, Sonja Fitzpatrick,  spoke to Black and Blue and these girls told her that they did everything together and their job was to keep Tad safe.  Uhhh. Understatement.

I shot this video myself…  (You Tube Version) I could feel the ROAR of the crowd as Tad entered.  It was amazing.  Utterly amazing.  And, you can see how important it is for Tad and the girls to be in sync.  It makes total sense why these ladies would do everything together.  They have to become one.  And, yes, Tad does jump back and forth between horses as well as stand on his head while they are at a full gallop.  Gulp.  Seeing all of this on video is not the same as being there.  If you ever get a chance to see trick riding or Roman riding — go.  I mean, how often does your horse do a little jig or bounce and you say, “Whooaaa Ooopsey Daisy, Hey hey Whoa there, Nellie, take it easy, WHOA!”  Ha!  There isn’t any Whoa when you are Roman Riding.  Either you is, or you isn’t…

(Did I mention that these mares are over 30 years old?  Yup.  Makes you re-think equine old age, eh?  And, it makes you doubly appreciate how well Tad cares for his horses…)

Anyway, afterward I ran out behind the scenes to film Tad as he was dismounting.  This is almost my favorite part of it all.  Tad gave them tender kisses and the girls were so proud of themselves.   They shook their bodies, licked and chewed and felt like they owned the world.  A job well done, Ladies!  I have video of that as well (click here). Very sweet. (You Tube Version)

I hope you enjoy this!  I found lots of B-roll from that day at the FIESTA OF THE SPANISH HORSE.  I will continue to make little snapshots of that day and post them for you.

 

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