Today’s featured rider is Emilie Laval of Quebec, Canada. Dressage rider, breeder and trainer of some very beautiful horses. I first photographed Emilie in 2014 at the Fall Classic held at the Bromont Equestrian Park. Her intensity in the ring and obvious love for what she does showed, and I was immediately drawn to watching her every time she rode into the ring. This year, I caught up with her on a young horse with obvious potential.
One of my favorite moments of 2015 was during the competition, the horse spooked at a collection of flowers on top of the ‘V’. Ruining any chance at a decent score let alone a ribbon. At the end of event, Emilie asked the judges if she could bring the horse back into the ring in order to help the horse get used to being in competition, and to show that a bunch of flowers was nothing to be afraid of.
I don’t believe there are many people would think to do something like that, not to mention maintain their sense of humor about it.
I’ll add a footnote; I was inspired to tell this story when yesterday, on Facebook, Emilie posted this;
“Just got run over by a horse. Stepped on me….twice. Really in pain. I will go for xrays tomorrow morning if it still hurts.
Fingers crossed I don’t have a broken leg.”
Thus proving that horse women are indeed a very special breed.
P.S. while writing this, Emilie posted that she did in fact go for Xrays and nothing was broken.