Kinda selfish, Lauren. But she couldn’t help herself, I’m sure — Lauren’s a terrific competitor and she was riding a couple of star-in-the-making horses today in Meadowbrook’s Scarlett and Landmark’s Monte Carlo.
Lauren and Buck Davidson, who pulled a rail to finish in third on Captain Jack, just stopped by the tent to tell us about their day. Lauren was pleased with both of her horses, obviously, and said that coming in she really didn’t know which one would end up on top as they’ve been on different competition schedules. Of Scarlett, Lauren said that she’s the kind of mare that is all business when she enters the ring: “She just went in and did her job like she usually does.”
Despite a small mistake in the double, Buck said he couldn’t have been happier with the Captain Jack. As I mentioned earlier today, Buck sat on this horse for the first time two weeks ago and has spent most of his time since then working on the dressage and cross-country exercises. Show jumping was a bit of a blind spot, but they made it work.
“He really jumped great — he really tried,” Buck says. “The thoroughbred really comes out on the third day with these things.” Running a long cross-country course, Buck says, actually took the edge off and made him more rideable.
Whether Captain Jack goes back to his owner Lucy Diston or moves on to a new rider, Buck says the horse has all the right stuff to do the big-time. “I’m really excited for his future. That’s a Kentucky horse in two years,” he says, then slightly revises his statement, “or next year.”
Top 15 finishers in the CCI2*:
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