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If you're one of those people who think that the horse does all the work when you go riding, you'd be wrong, and this helmet cam video proves it! Brett Youssi is a local teen that competes in three-day eventing. If you're not familiar, eventing consists of three phases; dressage, showjumping, and cross country.

Eventing is the same thing you see on TV during the Summer Olympic games. There are only two places that hold recognized USEA (United States Eventing Association) events in Louisiana, Folsom's Fleur de Leap and Holly Hill's Spring and Fall Horse Trials in Benton, LA. Louisiana is a part of USEA Area V, consisting of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Over this past weekend, Holly Hill Farm in Benton hosted their fall event and Brett competed in the Junior Novice category, bringing home second place in a packed division.

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Cooley-Youssi
Photo Courtesy of Michelle Cooley-Youssi

To put this in perspective, Brett and his horse Xena were traveling at a rate of over 300 meters per minute. That's fast, especially when you're jumping solid objects that don't fall down if you hit them. Those jumps also measure up to 2'7" tall. Ditches can be up to 4' wide and you can also be asked to jump drops of over 3'! If that doesn't get your heart pounding, I don't know what will! Check out Brett as he shows wimps like me how it's done! Way to go Brett!

Holly Hill Farm Combined Training Event May 2020

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