Top 10 triumphant moments at Rolex 2015

Michael Jung explains his unwavering affection for his champion mount Sam.

As all eventers know too well, it is an excruciatingly rare to a non-existent occurrence to compete at an event without some type of a hitch, things are simply never 100-percent perfect. Rolex 2015 was a weekend filled with highs and lows for riders across the leaderboard.

 

For a little serotonin rush, take a moment to look back at the “Top 10 triumphant moments” at Rolex this year. We all were smiling for everyone on the list. We are Eventers, we can’t help but be happy for these riders, even if they are our competition.

 

10. Laine Ashker laying down a picture perfect dressage test on Anthony Patch, scoring a 44.2, putting them into 2nd place after the first day of dressage. Who said ex-racehorses could not kick ass in dressage?

Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch

Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch

 

9. Colleen Rutledge showing that she has one of the next best horses in North America, and her older veteran horse still has got it. She rode Covert Rights, her nine-year-old homebred gelding, to a 42.3 in dressage and adding only some time on cross-country and a few rails to their score they finished in 11th place. Colleen’s seasoned four-star campaigner, Shiraz, at 17-years-young, did not disappoint, trailblazing the cross-country course and finishing his weekend in 14th. Two horses in the top 15 is nothing to scoff at!

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights

 

8. Will Coleman galloping through the cross-country finish line on Obos O’Reilly, just seconds under optimum time. Proving that not only he does he now have a serious four-star horse in his string, but also winning the Land Rover Ride of the Day Award earning him the keys to a brand new 2015 Discovery Sport. Although in the press conference he said his wife Katie will be doing most of the driving, double triumph, marrying Will and driving a Land Rover. Go Katie!

Will Coleman and Obos O'Reilly

Will Coleman and Obos O’Reilly

 

7. Elisa Wallace and Simply Pricless’ cross-country was so simply stunning that no spectators would have pegged them as rookies. They went onto finish the event as the highest placed rookies, placing 17th on a score of 78.0.

Elisa Wallace and Simply Pricless’

Elisa Wallace and Simply Pricless’

 

6. When William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero passed the second horse-inspection when they jogged for a second time after being sent to the hold box. Seriously,  what did the ground jury think they saw wrong the first time?!

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero

 

5. The cheers as Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda finished their show jumping round, finally earning themselves a four-star completion. Fifth time’s the charm!

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda

Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda

 

4. Irishman, Tim Bourke and his mount Luckuan Quality battling 52 placings up the leaderboard to move from 70th to 18th place. Scoring a 68.5 in dressage is no problem when you only add 4 cross-country time penalties, 1 rail and 2 stadium time faults the rest of the weekend.

Tim Bourke and Luckuan Quality

Tim Bourke and Luckuan Quality

 

3. Phillip Dutton winning the National Champion for being the highest placed ‘American’ rider, aboard his rookie four-star horse, Fernhill Cubalawn. Shocking, Phillip is still the king of North America.

USA's National Champion at Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, Phillip Dutton riding Fernhill Fugitive placed 5th.

USA’s National Champion at Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, Phillip Dutton, riding his other mount Fernhill Fugitive placing 9th.

 

2. Michael Jung’s emotional moment as he made it crystal clear in the final press conference that Sam is still and will always be his favourite horse. Fischerrocana FST may have won but he is blaming himself for the two rails that Sam had down in stadium causing him to end up in third place.

 

 

1. Fischerrocana FST was on task the entire weekend earning herself her first four-star win. Michael also gave her an impeccable ride, but what’s new? He’s the #1 everything in Eventing.

Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST

Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST

 

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