Rolex has come and gone and seems a bit of a blur. Once you start at a three-day event like Rolex you have four days of constant pressure and concentration, so I am a bit in recovery mode.
Most everyone knows that Rolex was won convincingly by William Fox-Pitt of the UK on a horse at his first four star. They were impressive all weekend, and it brings it home to all of us that you have to be consistent (and not make any mistakes) in all three phases to win a major championship or medal.
I was very pleased for Woodburn who was second and was truly a star in all three phases. I will be working hard on improving his changes and polishing his dressage movements going forward. He is an unbelievable cross-country horse and handled every question with ease. He has the most incredible ground-covering gallop, so the time on cross country is normally not a problem for him. He tried so hard in the show jumping, which in the past has often been a bit difficult for him. The Foreman was 6th after lowering two poles in the show jumping. I feel that I did not give him the ride that he needed in that phase. However, I am so proud of him after such a long hiatus from competing at the four star level. Unfortunately, Waterfront had an early runout on cross country, so we decided to withdraw him on course. This decision was made with his owner and rider Jan Byyny, and we all decided that was in his best interest.
I have to say that I am super lucky to have such incredible support from my grooms, Emma, Kelley and Lizzy, who worked their tail ends off all weekend looking after four horses. It is a lot of work to look after one horse let alone four! I also have incredible owners who couldn't be more understanding when things don't go quite to plan, such as having to withdraw Khoeps Du Quesnay and when things are so hectic such as they were this weekend. So many thanks to Annie Jones, Becky Broussard, Mardie Faucette, Acorn Hill Farm and the Byyny family.
All the horses will now get some down time before the big buildup to the WEG.