July/August 2015

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128 J U LY/AU G U S T 2 015 UNTACKED PARTING WAYS Bouncing Back Photo by BOB LANGRISH When his horse Tom Tom Go 3 stumbled in his approach to the wicker "wave" fence coming out of the lake at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** (England) this May, German rider Niklas Bschorer was nearly unseated, but he managed to push himself off the jump and back into the saddle. e pistol-shot activation of Bschorer's air vest, however, spooked Tom Tom, who whirled, sending his rider flying again, this time backward over his haunches and then sideways over his shoulder. Defying gravity, Bschorer ratcheted himself back into the saddle a second time and carried on, but his inflated jacket was a hindrance, and he had to retire despite the epic save.

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