Jock’s amazing save

Jock Paget has demonstrated an uncanny ability to stay in the saddle in the most alarming situation before, but this amazing sequence – showing a near miss with his horse Bing Bong – is next level! The pictures were taken by Jane Thompson at the Puhinui Horse Trials on Saturday, and Jock and Bing Bong were […]

Jock’s amazing save

Jock’s amazing save

How did Jock Paget and his horse get out of this mishap?

By
Rowan Dixon
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Jock Paget has demonstrated an uncanny ability to stay in the saddle in the most alarming situation before, but this amazing sequence – showing a near miss with his horse Bing Bong – is next level!

The pictures were taken by Jane Thompson at the Puhinui Horse Trials on Saturday, and Jock and Bing Bong were at the time leading the CCI3* class. Extraordinarily, not only did they both remain upright after a stumble through the ditch in the middle of a coffin combination, but they managed to get themselves in the right place to jump the third element, a few strides away, and went on to complete a clear round!

It all started with a bit of an ungainly leap over the ditch
Bing Bong’s back legs go right into it…
… and he trips on the edge on the way out
At this stage, Jock must be wondering where the back of his horse has gone
It looks like the point of no return…
going, going….
… but as Bing Bong starts to scramble up, Jock’s leg is caught by his rump…
… and he starts to claw his way back into the saddle
Getting there…
To the amazement of the onlookers, they are up…
Jock quickly focuses on the next jump
And Bing Bong is on the job again
Over and away!

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