This post signifies the unofficial end of our Rolex 2011 coverage. We will have a few posts from Rolex over the next few days, but now we can start looking ahead to the rest of the spring eventing season.
Mary King’s performance over the weekend was indescribably amazing and she broke several records, but she didn’t break the record you might be thinking of. In fact, three riders before Mary have placed first and second at 4*’s:
Mark Todd: Burghley 1987
Ian Stark: Badminton 1988
Blyth Tait: Burghley 1998
Not a bad group of riders to be listed with.
However, Mary did break three records that I have seen so far. First, she was the first rider to ever win a 4* on a home-bred horse in the modern era. She was the first rider to ever get first and second at Rolex. Lastly, she is the oldest female rider to ever win a four-star. Which record do you think is most impressive to break? Personally, I think that winning on a home-bred horse is incredible because it shows that Mary bred one of the best horses in the world herself and then developed it into a 4* champion–she did perhaps the two hardest things in eventing with one horse. [info via Brisish Eventing]