Five riders have withdrawn their horses from Rolex over the last few days, bringing the new total of horses entered down to 54. Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz also officially made it off the Badminton wait list this morning, so the total will actually drop to 53 once Colleen and Luke are removed from the list. Here’s a look at the horse and rider pairs we won’t be seeing at Rolex:
Hawley Bennett-Awad and Five O’Clock Somewhere, who had a wonderful spring campaign. Check back soon for more information on why Hawley and Chunky won’t be running at Rolex.
William Fox-Pitt and Cool Mountain, who will be competing at Badminton instead.
William Fox-Pitt and Neuf Des Couers, who just won the open intermediate at Belton Park this past weekend. Presumably, the horse is just fine and William simply chose to change up the spring competition schedule.
Jock Paget and Clifton Promise, who will compete at Badminton.
Jock Paget and Clifton Lush, who will compete at Badminton.
Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz, who just got off the Badminton wait list this morning.
By my calculations, once Colleen and Luke are taken off the wait list and accounting for Mary King’s Fernhill Urco and William Fox-Pitt’s Chilli Morning — who are still entered at Badminton but will be competing at Rolex — Clark Montgomery and Universe are unofficially third on the wait list. That incredibly long sentence is to say that things are looking good for Clark and Buzz, who were seventh this past weekend at the Belton Park CIC3*.
Update at 11:25 a.m.: Robert Meyerhoff just posted to Facebook that he and Dunlavin’s Token will now also be withdrawing from Rolex due to a setback. Bobby and Dunlavin’s Token were most recently 16th in the Advanced division at The Fork.