One of my first outings with my new DSLR was The Event At Rebecca Farms. I asked to tag along with my friend Patricia (an exhibitor) and I remember checking out the Order of Go for the Advanced and upper level divisions. Being relatively green to the who’s-who of the eventing world, there was pretty much only one name that stuck out to me. One name that I recognized watching compete (on the dvds, yes I purchased them) in the 2004 Summer Olympics (Athens, Greece) — what Washingtonian didn’t know her name? Amy Tryon. She was my first run in with fame, and I couldn’t believe I would be standing literally less than 20 ft. watching her compete! Anyone will tell you, hearing the hoofbeats out on a cross-country course takes your breath away, and for me, hearing and seeing an Olympian gallop past me, I almost dropped my camera.
It’s weird how you feel this connection with someone you’ve never formally met, but who’s from your home-state. It’s like they’re a part of your family — you find yourself cheering extra loudly for them (while “SHHHHHHHH” -ing the crowd around you when they enter the ring), you have this unspoken loyalty to them.
Now that I live in southern California, I still claim the beautiful evergreen state as my “home” — cheering loudly for our riders in from the Pacific Northwest. At the World Cup Finals this weekend (and all of the Olympic Trials and winter circuits) – of course I’ve been cheering for Rich Fellers and Flexible. With the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event on the way next week, I wanted to take a moment and cheer on our local hero who’s time was too short, but who represented us well.
Cheers to you Amy Tryon!