Another Rolex has come to an end.
For a number of riders, it was a weekend full of highs. Mary King, as you have all no doubt heard by now, won the Rolex watch with her homebred mare Kings Temptress. To top it off, she also took second place with the lovely gray gelding Fernhill Urco.
Ecogold rider Sinead Halpin, and her horse Manoir de Carneville, finished her first four-star in 3rd place. She put in a lovely dressage test, jumped clear with only a few time faults on Saturday and put in a perfect Sunday performance to finish as the top American. 'Tate', as he is known around the barn, was also the best conditioned horse of the weekend.
There were lots of other fabulous rides as well. Ecogold's Hannah Sue Burnett returned to the Kentucky Horse Park and rode decisively to a 8th place finish. Ecogold's Jessica Phoenix, and her horse Exponential, had one of three double clear cross-country rounds and ended the weekend in 7th place. Exponential was also the top-placed rider-owned horse, one of only two horses to finish on his dressage score and jumped a fault-less show jumping round today.
Jessie's WEG teammate Rebecca Howard, also an Ecogold rider, finished in 10th after a three days of outstanding riding.
Some of the more seasoned riders also put in super performances. Boyd Martin and Remington XXV took 9th place; Karen O'Connor piloted the striking Quintus 54 to 13th at his first four-star.
We certainly can't forget the rest of the international contingent. Clayton Fredericks and his wife Lucinda have a super event mare in be My Guest who finished 5th. William Fox-Pitt, with Neuf des Coeurs, and Oliver Townend, ODT Sonas Rovatio, finished 4th and 6th, respectively, after solid weekends.
Unfortunately, the flip side of eventing is the disappointment that goes hand in hand with the unlucky run-out, getting eliminated or having to withdraw because your horse is not quite right. I think we all feel for these riders but I'm sure we'll all see them out competing soon and getting ready for next year.
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