When Matt Sampson didn’t receive an invitation to this year’s Equerry Bolesworth Invitational Horse Show CSI4*, he was quite disappointed. In fact, the 27-year-old rider from Great Britain was so disappointed that. . . . he wrote a song.

It was a song written for and to Bolesworth organizer Nina Barbour. “Oh Nina, please can I come to your show, Nina,” he sang in a video that a friend then posted on Facebook. He didn’t think too much of it, but like most hilarious things on the internet, the video quickly went viral and, 87,000 views later. . . Barbour took pity on him and Sampson did, indeed, earn a place at the show.

“I was trying to get in, and I made this song up as a joke,” Sampson explained. “I’m always joking about, and I was messing out with my mates saying I wonder if I made this song, would she let me in. And then I didn’t get into the two-star, so I put it on Facebook.”

For the record, it was before the video hit 80,000 views that Barbour called Sampson, and informed him that space had been made for him to compete. He jumped in the CSI2* this week, and even placed second in the CSI4* class on Thursday, June 16th, with Belle Fleur 38, an 11-year-old KWPN mare—officially giving a new meaning to the term, ‘singing for your supper.’

Congratulations Matt! We think this one deserves another round of applause: 

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Posted by Reece Oliver on Friday, May 26, 2017