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A Horse Danced to Santana’s ‘Smooth’ at the Olympics

Thearon W. Henderson / David Rogers, Getty Images
Thearon W. Henderson / David Rogers, Getty Images

There’s really nothing like the Olympics, is there? Every time they come around, the whole world tunes in to witness the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and the opportunity to witness any number of once-in-a-lifetime events — like, say, a horse dancing to Santana‘s “Smooth.”

The spectacle, which you can see at NBC Sports’ YouTube page, unfolded at yesterday’s dressage competition. If you don’t block out hours of your life to soak in the Olympic games full-time, dressage is referred to by the International Equestrian Association as “the highest expression of horse training” — an event in which “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.”

In essence, it’s horse dancing, and this particular routine involved trainer Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez guiding a horse named Lorenzo through the Rob Thomas-assisted Santana hit that NBC Sports describes as “everyone’s favorite Latin rock song by Santana from the ’90s.” That claim may or may not be true, but Lopez and Lorenzo’s Olympics contribution is undeniably surreal. Not pictured: a later part of the routine that reportedly found them “coming down [the] center line to Bon Jovi‘s ‘It’s My Life.'”

But all that hard work failed to pay off in the form of a medal. The duo placed fifth in the dressage competition, coming in behind gold medal winner (and world record holder) Charlotte Dujardin, whose music was described as “Brazil-inspired.”

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