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Synopsis: Tik Maynard is an icon in the equestrian world, combining his passion for riding with the importance of proper training and horsemanship with five generations of knowledge behind his success. Tik represented Canada during the Pan Am Games in 2007 and in early 2008, while trying to make the Olympic Team, he suffered a broken my collar bone at the World Cup in Mexico City. Today, Tik’s work combines 3-Day Eventing and Horsemanship. Although he loves the thrill and challenge of eventing, he has been known to say that if he could never ride again, he would be perfectly happy to spend his days working with horses from the ground.
In 2008, 26–year–old Tik Maynard faced a crossroads not unlike that of other young adults. A university graduate and modern pentathlete, he suffered both a career–ending injury and a painful breakup, leaving him suddenly adrift. The son of prominent Canadian equestrians, Maynard decided to spend the next year as a “working student.” In the horse industry, working students aspire to become professional riders or trainers, and willingly trade labor for hands–on education. Here Maynard chronicles his experiences–good and bad–and we follow along as one year becomes three, what began as a casual adventure gradually transforms, and a life’s purpose comes sharply into focus.

Over time, Maynard evolved under the critical eyes of Olympians, medal winners, and world–renowned figures in the horse world, including Anne Kursinski, Johann Hinnemann, Ingrid Klimke, David and Karen O’Connor, Bruce Logan, and Ian Millar. He was ignored, degraded, encouraged, and praised. He was hired and fired, told he had the “wrong body type to ride” and that he had found his “destiny.” He got married and lost loved ones. Through it all he studied the horse, and human nature, and how the two can find balance. And in that journey, he may have found himself.

Genre

eventing

Rated

n/r

Language

english

Run Time

05:48 minutes

Country of Origin

USA

Production Year

2020

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