Horses are a way of life for 18 year old equestrian eventing rider Cale Rushton.

It's not a sport where the tools of your trade can be stored in a cupboard when not in use. Cale started riding before he was two, and over the years he has developed a natural talent and rapport with his horses. Cale's passion is jumping, and no sport pushes the boundaries quite like evening (also known as ODE).

Eventing is the equine equivalent of a triathlon, and takes place over three phases - dressage, cross country and show jumping. This 110% video features Cale and his horse Casper undertaking the grueling cross country stage. Taking place over 2-3kms with around 20 solidly built jumps, this stage requires trust, strength, stamina and courage for both horse and rider.

The was made by Cale's younger sister Freya and his father Greg, with assistance and additional editing by ABC Open Producer Ana Tovey. Cale's mother Tracee has written a blog to accompany the video, and his younger brother Laine was in charge of 'heckling from the sideline' during the shoot.

Music: Zest by Basematic dig.ccmixter.org/dig?user=basematic

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