Tuesday, July 22 2014 by Editor
This is so cool!!! We are tickled red, white and blue for the USA 3-Day WEG team and alternates and their magnificient horses who will be showcased July 26 & 27 at Great Meadow, The Plains, VA, in the mandatory final outing before they go to Normandy, France to compete in the 2014 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games.
Great Meadow Foundation in The Plains, VA will host the WEG PREP TRIAL , a mandatory outing for the USA 3-Day Team and the alternates, plus a couple of Canada’s WEG-team members, July 26-27.
Welcome to that special time of year – early June in Virginia’s Piedmont and the week of the Upperville Horse Show when we enjoy catching up with longtime friends, meeting new people and seeing the amazing changes and improvements to this renowned and revered USEF “Premier/AA” and Jumper Rating Five Heritage Competition horse show, celebrating its 161st renewal. As the oldest horse show in the USA, Upperville is a brilliant blend of old and new, tradition and high tech – guaranteed to please both exhibitors and spectators
We love Thoroughbreds and in the course of our life we have galloped racehorses, worked with OTTBs to learn to be show hunters and field hunters, and one very memorable year, we worked with Concisely, by Cormier out of a mare named Marcelene, who ranks as one of the best jumpers we have ever had the pleasure of riding (funny story about that very opinionated mare some other post). In the course of our love affair with Thoroughbreds – flat track racehorses and steeplechasers over hurdles and timber – and all the stories we have researched and written, there is one element that stands out: the sire is very important, but the dam contributes just as much, often more, to the foal. A good mare with an average stallion can produce lightning in a bottle, so to speak.
William Fox-Pitt won his third Rolex championship and watch in five years – on the less experienced of his two horses, Bay My Hero, with Seacookie TSF earning ninth place. William rode both horses to clear cross-country rounds (no jump penalties), although Seacookie picked up 7.2 time penalties. In the final show jumping test, both horses jumped double clear (no time, no jump penalties)
Pre-PS: Sorry for the mistake in original post – our bad – when we identified Sinead and Tate as Lauren and Veronica – big oopsie! – we know the difference, but were dazzled by smiles and feeling a wee bit fatiqued after an exhilarating Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. Also, stay tuned for a post about the inaugural Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge, won by the USA – Lsuren Kieffer/Veronica, Sinead Halpin/Manboir de Carneville and Buck Davidson/Ballynoe Castle RM. We think that’s the main reason why we inserted Sinead’s photo by mistake – we noticed the blue rosette and kicked on with our brain asleep at the mouse… NEW IMPROVED POST RE ROLEX KENTUCKY 3-Day Event, presented by Land Rover: William Fox-Pitt won his third Rolex championship and watch in five years – on the less experienced of his two horses, Bay My Hero, with Seacookie TSF earning ninth place
Ever since 2006, the first year that we covered Rolex, we wanted to stay in an RV at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground.
Lots more emotion today… The testing Derek Di Grazia track was deemed fair, but the four-star offered little mercy to anyone with so much as a momentary blip of inattention or last minute – and very costly – change of game plan. William Fox-Pitt, aboard Bay My Hero, appears poised to win his third Rolex watch after a double-clear cross-country round that moved him into first place. Seacookie added 7.6 time penalties and sits in 16th place on 59.1 ppts.
It has been an interesting and somewhat emotional day in the dressage standings for a variety of reasons. Currently, American riders more than hold their own in the upper echelon of the standings.
Friday, April 25 2014 by Editor
Thursday proved to be stellar, fun, moving and meaningful for this journalist/photographer, who honors Rolex and the 3rd annual ROLEX RIDE THE COURSE with the royal rating of 10 “Crowns of Excellence”!!!!! ROLEX RIDE THE COURSE – Bruce Davidson (on foot), Gina Miles (far left), Lynn Symanshky (white top, third in, and yours truly far right front row (pinny #7) near the end of the Rolex Ride. Photo © Rolex/Kit Houghton Rolex, the sponsor of Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event and the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing (Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Badminton and Land Rover Burghley), extended invitations via Merrick Haydon to six credentialed press, including yours truly, for Rolex Ride The Course. This is more than sheer enjoyment, it is also a huge privilege to mount up for a course ride with commentary from 3-day specialists: Olympic and Pan Am medalists Bruce Davidson, Gina Miles and Lynn Symansky.