Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless are peaking at just the right time before their upcoming trip overseas to compete in the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. The 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Jill and David Hopcroft competed in his first FEI event since Rolex this past weekend at Richland, where he and Elisa improved on their previous best CIC3* finishing score by a whopping 21.9 points.
This dynamic duo delivered a 45.4 dressage test, dropped one rail in show jumping and accumulated 2.0 cross country time penalties to finish in seventh place on a final score of 51.4 in a very competitive field. Elisa has been training with Karen O’Connor since before Rolex — which Elisa chronicles in detail in this month’s cover story of Practical Horseman — and it’s clear the hard work with “Johnny” is paying off.
This horse is a cross country machine and a blast to watch in Elisa’s helmet cams. Their helmet cam video from Rolex has now crossed the 75,000 view mark on YouTube, and this latest helmet cam from Richland is also one you have to watch. Best of luck to Elisa and Johnny as they take on Blenheim next month! Go Eventing.