Cory turned Epiphany, and with the lightest leg aid, she leapt into the canter. She sat deep, molding her legs around the mare’s belly. Turning the corner, the fence was now dead ahead. Epiphany’s head lifted slightly as she caught sight of it. Her ears faced forward to the jump, then flipped backward, listening for Cory’s signals. Almost at the base of the jump, Epiphany compressed herself onto her hind legs, then catapulted forward and up. They flew through the air forever. Cory peeked out over the side, past the mane flying in her face, in time to see the top rail of the jump passing under her left foot.
Just as suddenly they landed. Cory’s head snapped forward with the jolt just as Epiphany threw in a little buck. A sharp sting of cold rushed into her lungs as she gulped for air. She realized she’d been holding her breath again over the fence. A bubble of laughter worked its way up from her gut and escaped out cracked, frozen lips.
“Fun, isn’t it?” Vee’s mouth curled into a half-smile. “Congrats, now you’re a member of the five-foot club.”
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