We’re sad to announce that Jen McFall has withdrawn High Times from Rolex in what would have been the 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding’s second go at Kentucky due to a minor injury.
“He has a very slight injury that has come about, and while I could run him and most likely everything would be OK, after consulting with my veterinary team, my coach and my family, we have decided that with Billy being so young and having such a promising future ahead, even though the risks are not big, they are still risks we are not willing to take,” Jen said on the Dragonfire Farm Facebook page.
“If anything happened to Billy as a result of my choosing to run him knowing that the risks of injury are increased at this time, I could never forgive myself. This has been a very hard decision, but I know that it is the right one, and in the best interest of my horse for the future first and foremost.”
Major kudos to Jen, the recipient of the 2014 $10,000 Rebecca Broussard Developing National Rider Grant, for making the best decision for Billy, who she plans to aim for an international competition overseas later this year once he’s healed from this minor setback.
“Although I am disappointed to not be heading back to Rolex for a second time, I am very excited about our plan B and know that it will lead to a great deal of learning and development for our partnership,” Jen said.
Jen will still be attending Rolex as a spectator and to cheer on her friends — hopefully she’ll swing by EN’s Rolex Reader Appreciation Tailgate on cross country day to sign autographs, too! We wish Billy all the best as he heals.