And the forecast looks like conditions will make for a particularly influential cross country test. This won't be a dressage show, that's for sure! But we're gonna enjoy the tests all the same, obvi haha. (Or, at least I will, once I'm on the grounds tomorrow to watch the second half go!)
With all that said, it should come as no surprise that I'm really excited. I have a LOT of favorites out in the field riding this weekend. Lots. SO MANY. Some have already withdrawn (Covert Rights, whyyyyy?)... but mostly I'm pumped to see my heroes - both two- and four-legged - make their way through this historic event.
But y'all maybe aren't here to read about me gushing like a 12yr ol (unless you totally are, which is also cool). You're here for something approaching compelling content, right?
And so I present to you: My Rolex Prediction.
I predict that Phillip Dutton is going to win the Rolex Kentucky 4* with his partner Fernhill Cubalawn.
|Cuba laughs in the faces of puny brush fences|
FERNHILL CUBALAWN (Con Capitol - Corse Lawn, Arkan)
Dutton got the ride on "Cuba," a 2003 Holsteiner gelding, in June 2014 when he was acquired from Alexandra and Paul Green by new owners Tom Tierney and Simon Roosevelt. And the pair proceeded to their first win together at the Cosequin CIC** that July.
They finished 5th at Cuba's 4* debut at Rolex last April (Cuba was the highest placed American horse), then went on to jump clean in the Nations Cup at Aachen CIC*** (where the US team finished 3rd).
We're hoping for a strong finish from this team!
|the mighty PDutty sits chilly into the water at the Fair Hill 3*|
And of course, now that I've laid it down on the line like that, let's take it a step farther. I want to hear from you.
Specifically, my questions are:
Who do YOU think is going to win? Who is your favorite? Why?
Do you love the dark horses who come in from behind to rise to glory? Or are you a stalwart believer in one of those perennial top-of-the-leader-board riders?
I wanna hear all about it!! Either in the comments or in a post of your own!
And why not, let's make it interesting: Should you accurately predict the winner, perhaps I'll throw in a little priiiiiize. Same story if there's multiple winners. Perhaps a little something something from Beka's shop Straight Shot Metal Smashing??