Jim Henson: Professional Athlete?
Once you start to investigate dressage (Disclaimer: this is not a worthwhile usage of one’s time) it is easy to believe that the rider is doing nothing other than sit on the horse while it dances – the true spirit of the Olympics.
However what you can’t see/I still have trouble believing, is that the rider is controlling the horse with the reins (I assume it works pull to the left for the waltz, right for ballroom)
- A rider holds the reigns and ensures that their stead moves in the way they wish.
- A puppeteerer holds the string and ensures their puppet moves in the way they wish.
In case you weren’t aware, puppeteering isn’t a sport.
Based on the above accurate description of dressage – Jim Henson is a god.
This man could not only control the movements of his stead/puppets but he also made them talk and sing.
Multi-tasking thy name is Jim.
In fact I would give slightly more respect to dressage if the riders were making their horse sing and talk while prancing around. Of course if I was in charge of this, the first words out of the horse’s mouth would be
“I can’t believe you guys paid to watch this”