It’s become such a cliche – “Get back on the horse” – trotted out whenever someone fails at something.
Well, I saw quite a few people fall off their horse at the showjumping last weekend – and not all of them got back on.
To be fair, some couldn’t – either because they’d really hurt themselves or because they were eliminated. Did you know you’re only allowed to continue in the ring if you can remount unaided? When your horse is big and your stirrups are short that’s tough – how’s that for a business metaphor?!
Of course my horse (I say mine, I only share him, but he’s mine two days a week) performed beautifully and Louise, his actual owner, didn’t hit the deck once. She jumped a double clear round and came second – check out her blue and white rosette above. Our friend, who did go splat, came back out to jump a beautiful round and I was very proud, especially as she’s only had her horse for six weeks.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, I’ve been doing a lot of work on the Scottish entrepreneur scene – you may have seen my new magazine mentioned once or twice 😉 I am generally very inspired and sometimes intimidated by the business people I meet.
I felt the same way at the showjumping. All these smartly dressed riders with their beautiful horses jumping enormous obstacles… and yet a lot of them fell off. A couple of them knocked down fences. Some didn’t even complete the course.
But I bet none of them will give up on their sport.