Yesterday was the first of five straight days of excitement and disappointment. Sadly, one of the hallmarks of Rolex is also heartbreak, and my heart truly sunk to the bottom of my stomach several times yesterday. Once for Jock Paget and the FEI’s ruling on Burghley. Once more for Laine and Al, who work harder than anybody else I know and were just thwarted by one of the most aggravating and poorly timed problems ever. And finally for Ellen and Obie, who were our rookie pick of the year here, and were also stopped before they had the chance to shine.
Today, we kick off the dressage with our test ride Lynn Symansky and Donner at 9:30 AM EST, and Buck Davidson riding Park Trader heading off the group at 10 AM EST. Our reporters will be there to bring you updates, and we will have a live blog running too! You can also watch the action on the USEF Network, which is what I’ll be doing on my phone while I ride!
News From Around The Globe:
You might not be able to win a Rolex, but there’s a whole lotta loot here at EN waiting for you to take it home. We’ve got giveaway contests coming out the wazoo here at EN headquarters, and we’re taking notes from Oprah. If you want to win some Dubarry boots, SmartPak pants, a Point Two airvest or a ton of Omega Alpha supplements, you better check out our comprehensive giveaway page! [Enter Contests -- Win Big]
At this point, is there a time when a CCI4* happens and Andrew Nicholson and William Fox Pitt ARE NOT battling it out for win? It seems almost old hat now, but these two gents just can’t seem to settle their rivalry. While Andrew only has Avebury here this weekend, it doesn’t mean his chances are any less on his back to back Burghley winning mount. And now with Jock Paget’s Burghley disqualification, it means we get to speculate about the possibility of another Grand Slam! It’s just like when a horse wins the Kentucky Derby, we have to think about the Triple Crown. [WFP Vs Silver Fox: It's On]
Want to go to Badminton but forgot to buy your tickets? Don’t worry, you can win a four day pass for you and a friend (plus parking!) by entering this simple contest. Now, all you have to do is buy your plane ticket and cross all your fingers and toes until next week! [Win Tickets to Badminton]
How does Buck Davidson keep his event horses sound? You’ll have to click here to find out, but here’s a hint: get some audiobooks for your trot sets! Buck’s hair might look crazy in this interview, but his knowledge is solid. [How To Keep Event Horses Sound]
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