KEEP KICKING was the main theme of the course walk with Ecuador’s Olympic hopeful Ronald. The Rolex course is huge this year. As an Olympic year the course is designed to really test braveness, soundness and rideability as a test to see who will make the team.
The course has a very nice and inviting start with the first few fences being very inviting. There are several options on the course so it will be interesting to see if some of the less experienced pairs choose some of the safer/longer options.
Fence 8 the Narrow Brush riders should jump at a slight angle so the horse can see more of the fence, jumping straight on the fence appears narrower.
Fence 12 Fallen Dueling Tree is one of the most intimidating fences on course.
Risa and Olympic hopeful Ronald Zabala - Goetschel
At fence 14 double corner watch for horses to run out to the left. It walks a long 7 so some will push for a 7 or shorten up for an 8.
15 the Land Rover Hollow is very technical and the long option is a VERY long option and will add a lot of time.
Fence 18 is the ditch brush, the important thing to remember on a fence like this is that your body follows your eyes and the horse follows body so if you get there and you look down the horse see the ditch. You should jump it like a triple bar, you can not come slowly and you can not look down!
How this Rolex course will compare to the Olympic course Ronald said the course in London is very twisty and turny as well as up and down a big hill. Some of the fences will not be as big as they are at Rolex, but it will be tougher to get a clear round. Similar to Hong Kong it is very hard to make the time on the Olympic courses.
Very excited to see how the course actually rides!
Risa at 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
You can watch it live HERE
Phillip Dutton signing autographs
Sunday, April 29, 2012
After a rocky start on yesterday's cross country, 32 pairs completed the course. A field of 27 will move into the final phase this afternoon after this morning's jog. See the current standings
Marilyn Little-Meredith and RF Demeter
Won't he need that?
Phillip Dutton raffling his saddle off this morning
Watch the action live
again today. Here is the order of go with ride times
Marilyn Little-Meredith and Karen O'Connor
1 William Fox-Pitt/Parklane Hawk (GBR) 41.3 + 0 + 4 = 45.3
2 Allison Springer/Arthur (USA) 39.8 + 3.2 + 4 = 47.0
3 Boyd Martin/Otis Barbotiere (USA) 51.0 + 0 + 0 = 51.0
4 Karen O’Connor/Mr Medicott (USA) 44.2 + 6.8 + 0 = 51.0
5 William Coleman/Twizzel (USA) 51.3 + 0 + 0 = 51.3
6 Jonathan Paget/Clifton Promise (NZL) 44.8 + 0 + 8 = 52.8
7 Andrew Nicholson/Qwanza (NZL) 55.8 + 0 + 0 = 55.8
8 Boyd Martin/Remington XXV (USA) 45.3 + 7.6 + 4 = 56.9
9 Marilyn Little-Meredith/RF Demeter (USA) 49.0 + 2.8 + 12 = 63.8
10 Phillip Dutton/Mighty Nice (USA) 58.7 + 0 + 8 = 66.7
11 Peter Barry/Kilrodan Abbott (CAN) 60.3 + 3.2 + 4 = 67.5
12 Phillip Dutton/Fernhill Eagle (USA) 59.0 + 0.8 + 8 = 67.8
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