Most riders strive for perfection and are guilty of watching the rounds that they absolutely nailed (or, then again, didn’t) over and over again, dissecting every detail—because once is never enough—or going straight online to look at what photos the photographers managed to capture from the show over the weekend. There will always be a lot of blood, sweat and tears involved…both happy and sad! It is no surprise then, that when people start dating or hooking up or hanging out, these relationships tend to deepen and accelerate at breakneck speeds.Everyone knows that one couple that spend five out of seven nights a week sharing a bed, eat together every day, and have one another’s schedules memorized.If he has a fall, or just a bad day in general, for example, it’s probably best to stay in the VIP or the bar and wait for him to approach you! Equestrian athletes are on the road for most of the year going from show to show, and country to country, so all those comforts of home are few and far between. Horses will and most likely always come before you. Even if it’s just petting the horses, endeavoring to stay as spotless as you left the house that day just isn’t reality (because you know even if you to stay clean, a stray bit of hay or shavings will most likely end up somewhere).
In between his romances Clarence finds time to hunt and eliminate nuisance Zombies called A-Listers.
In place of tears and drama was an insidious coldness and distance that had crept into our relationship.
Texts went unanswered for increasingly long stretches of time, and half-baked excuses to postpone or cancel plans altogether became the norm.
And while you may never get a day off from late nights, early mornings, and round-the-clock competition drama, at least you can help to shoulder the burden. We catch up with Gabrielle Kuna—show jumper Chris Chugg’s longtime girlfriend—to find out. You will see the best side and the worst side of him fairly early in the piece.
Here are Gabrielle’s 10 truths about dating a rider. Like any sport, you have highs and the lows, so being able to accommodate for both those factors is pretty important to sustain a proper relationship. Maybe this one is a little more glamorous for some than for others! For those non-horsey women who fall for this breed of guy, be ready to get your hands dirty.