Sumo wrestler statue scares horses at Olympic equestrian event, riders say
Posted On August 5, 2021
A life-size statue of a sumo wrestler scares some horses during equestrian events at the Tokyo Olympics, contestants told The Associated Press.
“I noticed that four or five horses were really scared by this,” said British rider Harry Charles, noting that the character’s presence at obstacle no. 10 is a real eye-catcher for equines.
“As you get in you see a fat guy’s butt,” Charles added after the qualifying round for the individual jump.
“It’s very realistic,” said Israeli runner Teddy Vlock. “It looks like a person, and it’s a little scary. You know, horses don’t want to see a guy, like, looking intense next to a jump, like he’s ready to fight you. “
Reuters also reported that the statue appeared to shake some horses.
A few pairs stopped before the barrier and failed to advance to Wednesday’s finals, AP noted.
Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of iconic rocker Bruce Springsteen, was among those who failed to qualify on Tuesday. But his problem seemed to be happening at a different barrier than sumo. She and her horse, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, received 4 penalty points for “knocking over a rail around the 11th obstacle,” NBC reported.
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