The Fuss of the Charlotte Dujardin Elimination

The fuss of the Charlotte DuJardin elimination is unreal!

The Fuss of the Charlotte Dujardin Elimination
Charlotte Dujardin, 2012. Source: Horse & Hound

One of the big issues here, is that people put her on a pedestal. She can do no wrong in many eyes. That’s not me saying she is harsh as a rider. She isn’t. Likewise nor do I even think she did anything wrong. I do believe that her and Carl work for the interest of the horses. Above all people simply forget that mistakes happen all the time. They happen at all levels, even at the top. It can take a split second of a wrong movement and that’s it. A split second is all it takes for something to go wrong!

 

What is a simple mistake will now be judged by the court of public opinion

 

Charlotte Dujardin is a good role model and I sympathise with her greatly. What is probably a simple mistake will now be judged by the court of public opinion… This small thing will be amplified. Certainly not because of WHAT happened. In contrast because of WHO it is. The fuss of the Charlotte DuJardin elimination is overblown!

Since this is Charlotte Dujardin, I’ve seen people excusing it. For reasons as simple as she’s won the country gold. On the flip side I’ve seen others blame her for carelessness and being cruel to her horse. Just because she’s competed at the Olympics, she isn’t infallible. At grass roots or Olympics, mistakes happen.

Charlotte isn’t the villain of this story

 

She was eliminated for this. As a result, she doesn’t mean that she has to be vilified. Rules were broken but rules were upheld. That’s great! Charlotte isn’t the villain of this story. We have two huge camps in industry who are debating this out; Those who idolise her and Carl, and those who hate their hype. Where is the middle ground?

Neither are correct. The truth isn’t an extreme. Horses and riders have a lot of grey areas. It isn’t always black or white and good or bad. It doesn’t mean she’s terrible and it doesn’t mean she can do no wrong either. She’s human!

It simply comes down to human error. She is a human being and not a godly being.

Like the horses we ride, riders aren’t robots. Even the top riders make mistakes.

The Fuss of the Charlotte Dujardin Elimination was written by Scott Barnes

Barnes Equestrian

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