Wendy Benns: Going the Distance

Wendy Benns: Going the Distance


I wouldn’t suggest qualifying for the World
Equestrian Games and planning a wedding in the same year to anyone. (laughs) I may have had a bridezilla day here or there. (laughs) But it all came together just perfectly. You know, I’ve been competing in endurance
for over 20 years. So, always you’re looking forward to the
next horse. I had Egalite and was thinking about him and
bringing a young horse along, so I really wasn’t concerned about this WEG. Either the stars align or they don’t, depending
on where your horse is. It was just one of those things that everything
fell into place perfectly for us. Melody was qualifying her younger horse for
the World Equestrian Games, so that’s why she offered me Synthetic. Synthetic has had an amazing, long career
with Melody. He’s been competing for 13 years, which
is just incredible. He’s almost 16 hands. He’s very large for an Arabian horse and
he’s an Asgard Arabian out of the USA. So he is Russian with French breeding. He’s just been bred to work at the upper
levels. He’s been flown all over the world for many
international competitions. I was really, really honored when Melody asked
me if I would come down and ride him at FITS in 2017 for the 100 mile ride. At that point, we weren’t 100% thinking
about the World Equestrian Games, but that 100 mile race just went so incredibly well
and Synthetic is such an lovely horse and so talented to be partnered with that as soon
as we finished and we were COC qualified, we just went, “Let’s nominate!” Synthetic is very calm and confident so he’s
an easy horse to deal with. He’s all business. The morning of any competition he’s just
focused on going down the trail and there’s no nonsense with him. He’s just fantastic that way. We were fortunate to go back and do some more competitions this spring for qualifying and they went fantastically. The first one we went down to, I brought my
young horse and he came third in his first FEI 1*. And then the very next day I rode Synthetic
in the 2* and he was first place and best conditioned horse. So it was just a magical weekend. I couldn’t have done it without our pit
crew. So Jeremy was right there looking after us
both days. I think any amateur athlete always feels they
are a bit struggling for enough time—enough time to train, enough time for their relationships
at home, and also if you’re working full time as well. So squeezing everything in, in a day can be
difficult, you’re up early, you’re staying up late as well. But it’s that passion, that love of the
sport that keeps you doing it year after year after year.

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