Today at Blenheim CCI*** Millie Dumas had to take avoiding action and take the long way out of a combination after her horse Aristiek was chased by a loose dog on the cross-country course. @MontyWhite caught it on camera and posted this vine:
Unfortunately this isn’t the first time this has happened. Loose dogs have chased riders at big events before. I clearly remember seeing Bill Levett being chased for a long way around a course once.
So far the horses and riders have always kept their concentration on the fences, but is it going to take a horrible fall before the Powers That Be take a stance and either impose a huge fine on such miscreant’s owners, or simply ban people from taking dogs if they are spectating?
Taking dogs is not completely essential, most of us have a garden or run the dog(s) can be left in at home. Are they an essential companion, or a fashion accessory we could all do without when horses are running XC?!