Well this isn’t a sad Rolex withdrawal announcement to make by any means! Jolie Wentworth announced tonight she is withdrawing Goodknight from Rolex because she is pregnant and expecting her first child in September. “My husband David and I are thrilled to become first time parents, and although I am disappointed to not be taking Goodknight to Rolex, I know that there will be other events in my equestrian career and need to ensure the health of my baby and myself at this time,” Jolie said in an Athletux press release.
Jolie and Ari made their international debut at Luhmühlen last year and have been very competitive on the West Coast circuit leading up to Rolex, which made this a bittersweet announcement: “Ari is a very special horse and he feels better than ever right now, so not taking him to Rolex was a hard choice. In a way, I feel a bit as if I am letting him down, but I am hopeful there will be other opportunities to come for the two of us, and will aim to return to Rolex with him in 2015.”
Congratulations to Jolie and David!