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Rolex Recap for West Coasters

This past weekend was the famous Rolex Kentucky 3 Day Event and our West Coast competitors performed impressively!

James Alliston was the highest placed west coaster, finishing in 15th place aboard Parker. They added just 2 stadium rails to their dressage score, as they were one of only a handful of pairs to go double-clean on cross-country. Unfortunately, James and Tivoli were eliminated on cross countryat jump 18.

Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair impressively finished 22nd for their first 4* competition. Check out their “Rolex Rookie” profile article on Eventing Nation. They are from Washington and “Cody” is a 10-year old bay Holsteiner gelding. Check out Maya & Cody’s Website.

Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against finished 24th in their first 4* competition. Bunnie is one of the nicest people I’ve met and she has done an amazing job with Ecko. Check out this feature video interview:

Anna Collier and Gleaming Road finished in 32nd place, adding only time faults in cross country and 4 rails in stadium to their dressage score.

Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato finished 35th. This was Capato’s first 4* and Jordan expertly got him through each phase. I’m sure this team is going to continue to impress.

Robert Meyerhoff and Dunlavin’s Token finished 37th. Bobby and Token have some great photos on their FB page.

Considering that basically half of the starting competitors were eliminated, retired, or withdrawn, it is wonderful we had so many west coasters complete this penultimate American competition. Of course we had some west coasters who left some dandelions at Rolex.

Barb Crabo and Eveready were eliminated on cross country at fence 4 due to rider fall. Both seem to be okay.

John Michael Durr and Esprit de la Danse were eliminated on cross country due to 3 disobediences, the last one occurring at fence 16. Check out this “Rolex Rookies” feature article on Eventing Nation for more about JM and Dani.

Gina Miles and SVR Ron were eliminated on cross country due to 3 disobediences, the last one at fence 23, the Normandy Bank, which Gina said was a technical error on her Facebook page.

Mackenna Shea and Landioso were eliminated on cross country at fence 21 due to rider fall. She reported on facebook that both she and her horse are sound.

Jolie Wentworth and Goodknight retired on cross country after their second refusal, which took place at jump 13.

Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill by Night were eliminated on cross country at jump 18. She withdrew HHS Cooley before the competition due to an injury sustained at the Fork HT a few weeks ago.

Emilee Libby withdrew Nonsensical before the competition.

Maddy Mazola withdrew Mojito before the competition.

9 comments on “Rolex Recap for West Coasters

  1. Thanks for this write-up!


  2. Thanks for sharing. I wondered how Bobby finished since he used to live in VA and gave us lessons.


  3. Excellent re-cap. I actually got to talk to Barb Crabo for a few minutes on Sunday. She said that the rain and footing was definitely a factor because being in Arizona, she never has the chance to ride under those conditions. She said when she competes in Montana and Texas there's grass, but more sandy. She also took the blame saying, “I didn't ride him how I should have.” She said Eveready's sore and was hung up on the fence for a few minutes, but he's going to be fine. It was so cool to meet her (I wrote an article for Sidelines about her (current issue which is digital and free) and had interviewed her about a month ago, but it was over the phone).


  4. My pleasure!


  5. How neat that you rode with him!


  6. Thank you so much for sharing the inside scoop! I look forward to reading your article. =)


  7. I found the magazine online and the name of your column, but can't find where I can read it for free – could you link it please? I did find the one of your Polo birthday experience – fun!


  8. great recap!


  9. Love so many of these stories!


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