William Takes the Lead, USA Finishes Strong: Rolex Cross-Country Open Thread #2

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This is EN’s open thread from the second half of the Saturday rides. Click here for the first half of the rides. All .gifs are courtesy of the USEF Network. All score reports are provisional, so be sure to click on the above link to the scoreboard for official scores. Posts are organized with the latest rides at the top.

 

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Buck Davidson and BallynoeCastle RM — Buck had a big fist pumps and hugs for his longtime partner “Reggie.” The pair finished the day with a wonderful double clear round to cap off an exciting day of cross-country.

 

 

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Allison Springer and Arthur — This fan favorite pair ended their chances of a victory here this weekend with a runout at the third element of the Normandy Bank late on course. Allison had been working hard the entire round to keep Arthur balanced and on line. It looked like Allison just never quite saw the forward stride to the severely angled brush at the Normandy Bank. Allison worked her veteran partner home from there with 20 jumping and a few time penalties.

 

 

 

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William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero (GBR) — 12 time 4* champion, two time Rolex champion. The level of William’s helmet barely changes throughout the entire coffin as William lets Bay My Hero figure things out in perfect balance. The pair finished inside the time, of course.

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Nicholson and Avebury (NZL) — Even the very VERY best in the world have sticky moments. Andrew showed his stickability and rode on to a double clear.

 

 

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Rachel Jurgens and Ziggy — A huge pat for Ziggy after they finish a great round with just 2.8 time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lindsey Oaks and Enchantez — The local pair took a jump into the crowd after a runout at the last element in the Water Park. They would go on to finish the ride after a hold on course for their first 4* XC completion. Major props to Lindsey for handling everything this course threw out here and getting her horse home safe.

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It’s a holding 4.

 

 

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Lauren Kieffer and Veronica — What does clutch look like? How about being stopped before the HOTL for a hold on course (in your second Rolex), walking around for a few minutes, and then restarting? Lauren rode Veronica through some sticky moments like an absolute veteran and nursed the Team Rebecca mare home inside the time. They will go into the SJ in awesome position. Best wishes to Expedience, who was walked onto the trailer at the HOTL, thus causing the pause in action.

 

 

 

 

 

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Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott — “Cave” is known for being really strong on the cross-country. You can see Phillip above starting Cave off nice and steady, taking his time through the first water while maintaining complete efficiency. Phillip finished his second horse of the day easily inside the time. Think this guy knows how to ride around these hills while saving his horses?

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan Bynny and Inmidair — The crowd cheered Jan around clear with 3.2 time. Great ride!

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Lillian Heard and Share Option – Picked up a stop early when Lillian became unseated. The pair finished a good round otherwise, with some time penalties.

 

 

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