Fan post: your thoughts from Rolex and Badminton


courtesy of HC
In the past couple of weeks we have had major stories broken in the comment section of our posts a couple of times, such as William’s travel complications and the horse fatality at Badminton, and we have had phenomenal, thought provoking comments on many of our articles.  While I consider any article that doesn’t get at least 10 comments to be somewhat of a failure, Eventing Nation is quickly becoming a community of hundreds of informed contributors working together. 

What is your most important thought from the spring 4* season?
Today, I turn Eventing Nation completely over to our readers.  You can make this about frangible pins, about the development of riders in the US, about the difference in course design between Rolex and Badminton, about the Grand Slam, or about ANYTHING.
There’s no pressure Eventing Nation, just don’t do this
In our One Shining Moment post last week, I promised to tell the story of why I pointlessly ran around the Rolex XC course with a video camera if we received enough comments.  Here it is: 

On Wednesday afternoon, I realized that the Rolex website had not published their virtual XC course walk yet and there were thousands of eventing fans at home who didn’t know what the course looked like.  I decided to video the course and upload it onto Eventing Nation.  Unfortunately it was 6PM and I only had one hour before I had to be at the Rolex cocktail party.  If you know me, you know that once this challenge was presented there was no way I could back down.  

So I grabbed my video camera and started to run the course.  At fence 3, I was soaked by those innovative but menacing sprinklers.  By fence 10, I had received funny looks from both Mark and Oliver as I was running past them soaking wet, holding a video camera, and laughing.  What else could I do but laugh?  At the coffin, I met David who told me (as only David can) that I needed to run faster to simulate course speed–after all, the horses did it in 11 minutes.  So I ran faster.  

I crossed the finish line 37 minutes after starting.  I feel this was a pretty good time for a 4 mile run holding a camera in front of me and stopping at all the jumps to video them entirely.  And did I mention I was wearing jeans?

Now why didn’t this video make it onto Eventing Nation?  Unfortunately, when we reviewed the footage, we saw that the camera shook up and down so much when I was running that the resulting video looked like a cross between the Blair Witch Project and a video that NASA shows Astronaut trainees to make them throw up.  On top of that, Rolex had put their course preview online by late Wednesday night.  Overall, it was an exhausting, pointless experience, but I did learn that the run up the gradual hill to the Quarry in the back really takes it out of you, just like all the riders say.

If we get enough comments to today’s post then I won’t go on vacation to Siberia and forget my computer.


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