Good afternoon from Texas! I got to the venue in the very early hours of the morning and was on site bright and early to walk the course before the heat hits. So far, Texas Rose Horse Park has not failed to impress. The grounds are beautiful and the setup is efficient and well maintained. The media room is air conditioned and the wifi seems solid so far, so all signs point to a great weekend. Capt. Mark Phillips is the course designer this weekend, and the rolling terrain of the facility lends well to a championship caliber course. The Advanced course seems to be a very fair course for this level, but there are a few questions that are sure to ride even more technical than they look.
I caught up with Michael Pollard between rides today, and he said that the time will be relatively difficult to make due to the twisty nature of the course. There are a lot of big tables and oxers on course and a few tricky combinations, including a down bank that I would prefer to never have to jump down in my life. Many thanks to the organizers and volunteers who are making this event run smoothly, and without further ado here is your course preview. I apologize in advance for a couple of shadows as I was walking early this morning when the sun was not quite high enough.