With Wings, Karen Polle's 15-year-old KWPN gelding, is truly living up to his name this week. The duo jumped around the supersized 1.55m - 1.65m courses in Tryon, North Carolina with relative ease, leaving enough air to snap a selfie through between 'Wingy's' knees and top rails on many a jump.
On Thursday, Karen put down the round of her life, rocketing her and her long-time equine partner into an early lead in the individual competition. Going into Sunday's finals, Karen sits just within the top 25, earning the right to return to the big ring and show her stuff once again.
We popped over to talk with Karen after the pre-competition jog, chatting everything from her deep connection with her quirky horse to what it really feels like to be counted amongst the best 25 riders in the world.
Photos by Sportfot.
Written by Erin Lane
Erin Lane is the Director of Insider at NOËLLE FLOYD and a living definition of crazy horse girl. A lifelong hunter/jumper rider and avid polo player, Erin believes that equestrian education should be accessible to all riders and is on a mission to bring that to life through Insider. Shaped by the horse community, Erin wants to give back, build relationships connected by a passion for horses, and vibe with her fellow horse girls. You can pretty easily win her over with bay horses, weenie dogs, and wine in any form.