This is the story of Sparky, a misfit horse who dreamed of going to the Olympics. Sparky was born with a crooked leg and a spotted coat, which made him stand out from the other horses. He was often teased and bullied by them, and he felt lonely and sad. But Sparky had a secret: he loved to run. He would sneak out of his stable at night and gallop across the fields, feeling free and happy.
One day, he saw a poster for the Olympic trials, where horses could compete for a chance to represent their country in the games. Sparky felt a surge of excitement and hope. He decided to sign up for the trials, even though he knew he would face ridicule and rejection. He wanted to prove himself and show everyone what he could do.
The day of the trials came, and Sparky arrived at the stadium with his owner, who was the only person who believed in him. He saw the other horses, who were sleek and strong and beautiful. They looked at him with contempt and laughed at his appearance. Sparky felt nervous and scared, but he also felt determined. He knew he had to try his best.
The first event was the dressage, where horses had to perform graceful movements and follow commands. Sparky did his best to follow the instructions, but he stumbled and tripped several times because of his crooked leg. The judges gave him low scores, and the crowd booed him. Sparky felt ashamed and humiliated, but he didn’t give up.
The second event was the show jumping, where horses had to jump over obstacles of different heights and widths. Sparky loved to jump, and he felt confident that he could do well in this event. He approached the first obstacle with speed and courage, and leaped over it with ease. He did the same for the second and third obstacles, earning cheers from the crowd. He was doing great, until he reached the last obstacle: a high wall that seemed impossible to clear. Sparky hesitated for a moment, then gathered all his strength and jumped as high as he could.
He made it over the wall, but barely. He landed on the other side with a thud, and felt a sharp pain in his leg. He had injured himself in the jump, and he couldn’t stand up. He lay on the ground, groaning in agony. The crowd gasped and went silent. Sparky felt like he had failed.
But then, something amazing happened. His owner ran over to him and hugged him gently. He whispered in his ear: “You did it, Sparky. You did it. You’re amazing.” And then, he heard another sound: applause. The crowd was clapping and cheering for him, for his courage and determination. They recognized his spirit and his heart, not his flaws and faults.
Sparky felt a warm glow in his chest. He realized that he had achieved his dream: he had gone to the Olympics and won the gold medal of love.