Even though another demo rider for a separate clinician offered to help fill in, Chemaine was still without a horse to show the "cool" stuff. I've known Chemaine for a while and trust her implicitly, so I told her she could ask Speedy and me to do anything, and we'd give it our best shot.
Little did I know what we were in for! Chemaine decided we could do a little canter half pass. What?! Yeah, I know. It was a baby one, so don't get too excited. The exercise went like this: canter with haunches in on the long side. Keep the haunches in as we turned down centerline. At the end of the next long side, we kept haunches in, but turned down the quarter line (think a large pirouette) and moved back to the rail - canter half pass.
Eventually, we did get it, but not the first 20 times we tried. Speedy flipped me the bird at having to canter haunches in, so I popped him with the whip. That elicited a dramatic HELL NO! that came with a second and larger buck. Since my leg was so far back while insisting on the haunches in, he literally bucked himself out from under me.
For a moment, it felt as though I could just step out of my stirrup, but the riding gods weren't on my side that day. Instead, I landed on my side (no worries, it's well padded!). Of course, I refused to let go of the reins because I was jerking on him for being such a jerk which then snapped my reins at the buckle.
I wasn't hurt at all, and in fact jumped up and got back on to finish the exercise. Sadly, while there were hundreds of photos, we didn't capture that moment. But, the next day, we did get this fabulous shot.
What a weekend!