As we approach my first anniversary with Windsor, it seems only fitting to look back on what he was doing this time last year
(hint, it wasn't the 2'9" Low Adults... lol).
Instead, he was just getting home from his first (and only) trip to the Wold Championships to compete as one of the top 7 year olds in the world.
While Winds did qualify on his own merits, by the time entries were sent, it had been decided that he probably didn't have the speed to be a top show jumper, but perhaps his style and scope would transition well to the US Hunter market...
So for this show he was under Andreas Kreutzer - who aside from being rather charming and a lovely rider - had recently gone out of his own and was busy making a name for himself on the LGCT. Since it was becoming clear Winds wasn't going to be a top 1.50m horse, this was his first time out deliberately asking him to go more as a hunter....
So here's a video of a 1.40m round at the championships.
Winds looks like Winds. Possibly a bit darker and a bit quicker than we are used to seeing him these days, but unmistakably him.
A month later, we showed up, fell in love and flipped his little gray world upside down.