Bunnie Sexton announced this morning via Facebook that she is withdrawing Rise Against (“Ecko”) from Rolex. This would have been the West Coast pair’s four-star debut, and I know we’re not the only ones who are bummed we won’t get to see them romp around Kentucky. But Ecko hasn’t been able to get a run in this year, and Bunnie said she is making the best decision for him. They’ll gain more miles at the three-star level this year and plan on their Rolex debut in 2015 instead. And be sure to check out Sally’s great profile on Bunnie and Ecko here.
From Bunnie’s Facebook page:
“I have decided in the interest of not running Ecko cold at Rolex with no warmup events that it is in his best interests to withdraw from Rolex. Ecko would give me everything, and without being as prepared as I need to be, I do not feel running would be worth the risk to my boy. We will give him a little time off to just grow more foot then reroute to some additional 3*s to get my miles in with the plan of a Rolex debut in 2015. THANK YOU to my coaches, vets and farriers and AMAZING supporters who held my hand through this difficult process. I have no doubt in my mind that this is the best decision and am SO thankful to know I have a horse who can then go on to play another day. Many hugs to all who have helped me through this.”