Ok, so I'm going to have to explain this one.
One of the cool things about working at the FEI is our ability to make things happen.
Yes, we organize around 4000 equestrian events every year and yes, we have an disconcerting penchant for 80s power ballads, mini Dime bars and way more caffeine that's healthy for the average elephant. But these are the very ingredients that come together to make our off-the-wall ideas a reality.
One of the most unique and impressive things about our sports is the teamwork involved, especially at events such as the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final, held in Barcelona. So we wanted to do something, well, a bit different to celebrate it. Just because we could.
It was during a particularly animated and lively meeting (I'm sure there were blue M&Ms involved) that the idea of a photoshoot of each competing team came up. But with a difference.
Forget the usual smiling-portrait-next-to-my-horse thing, we went with a heavy-metal-band-thing. With guitars and everything.
Bands, teamwork - see what we did there?
Plus it would mean a smoke machine, so that sealed the deal.