If you don’t think you’ll be riding around Rolex any time soon, take the time to ride along with Rolex newbie Elisa Wallace. She had a very impressive first trip around Rolex, especially given that heavy rain made the going tough.
This was a day when the USEF live feed was a real boon. It looked miserable at Rolex (as you can see in the helmet cam video from Elisa Wallace) so watching from the warmth and dryness of my living room was very pleasant!
From the safety of my armchair, this course looked tough but well designed. I mean, what can you say about a course where the second fence was so big that at least one horse banked it! Only six horses made it around double clear, but 27 jumped clear with time penalties (could have been more without the rain), 10 riders completed with jumping penalties, four broke frangible pins (picking up 11 faults), 15 riders were eliminated and 10 retired on course.
At the end of the day, Tim Price and Wesko, who finished dressage tied with Michael Jung and Sam, were in the lead by just one second. Should make for a very exiting stadium day tomorrow!