Hannah Sue Burnett and Under Suspection. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.
Where to begin about today’s cross country at Rolex Kentucky? The horses and riders displayed remarkable athleticism, the spectators were as enthusiastic as ever and the weather, as usual, was really weird.
I spent the day at the Rolex Head of the Lake, and myself and several other photographers agreed we had never seen so much action there before. A massive table at 10a immediately followed by a humongous drop into the water and then a narrow fish a few strides later. That was just 10abc. On a bending line to 11, competitors then negotiated a very large narrow brush in the water, back to dry land and over another massive narrow brush before galloping away.
There were a few riders to take surprise baths (thankfully everyone walked away safely) and some impressively scrappy rides and ‘just get it done’ moments. However there were also some absolutely lovely trips, including a few from our rookies! Check out today’s 42 finishers through the iconic complex in the gallery below.