We were privileged to see the US Olympic Gold Team medalists when they appeared together for the first and only time at the Syracuse Invitational Show on Oct.31.
They discussed their passion for horses, early riding experiences and answered questions from their fans. McLain Ward mentioned his mental preparation for the Games, working with a golf sports coach to improve his ability to deal with pressure.
Laura Kraut talked about the bond she has with her horse Cedrik (he would live in her house if she could...) and the fact that each horse's personality is different and you have to adapt to them.
Will Simpson told a funny story where after winning the Olympics, he had to spend an entire trip in a trailer with his daughter's pony, because the pony doesn't like to travel alone.
When asked what advice she would give to young riders, Beezie Madden said "work hard" and mentioned that the four Olympic team members didn't come from privileged backgrounds but had to rise through the ranks with hard work, riding all the horses they could get their hands on.