The U.S. team vets evaluated a slew of contenders for the World Equestrian Games yesterday morning following the finale of Rolex, giving us a picture of which horses and riders are on the Selection Committees’ radar at this point following the year’s first selection trial at Rolex. The horses invited to the team vet evaluations were (in order of their placing at Rolex):
Ballynoe Castle RM
Manoir de Carneville
RF Smoke on the Water
We offered a few thoughts yesterday on how Rolex impacts the potential WEG team this early in the game, and this long list really drives home the point that it’s anyone’s game at this point. A good result at Rolex doesn’t mean much if the horse isn’t sound following the mandatory outing at Great Meadows at the end of July, so the selectors will need plenty to choose from when it comes time to make the tough decisions.
And remember we still haven’t seen several key horses at a selection trial this season, like Universe, Loughan Glen, Ringwood Magister, Otis Barbotiere, Shamwari, Mighty Nice and Donner — and I’d throw Crown Talisman in there too after his beautiful dressage test at Rolex. Mr. Medicott’s status is still up in the air, too. There are still six selection trials left: Badminton, Jersey Fresh, Saumur, Bromont, Bramham and Luhmuhlen.