The two-time Rolex Kentucky winner explains the challenges of riding the 2012 course.
I continue to be impressed by Derek di Grazia’s course design. These days I call him “the Bert de Nemethy” of cross-country course design. By that, I mean that his courses are slightly smaller, slightly narrower and appear slightly easier than what international riders expect.
RAFFERTY'S RULES b. g., 16.1 hands, 14 years, Au stralian-bred warmblood (Salute—Roman Tribute), owned by Adrienne Classen.
SHARON WHITE age 38, Summit Point, W.Va.
In 2010, this pair completed the CCI*** at Blenheim (England) and the CIC*** at Hartpury (England). In 2011, they placed fifth at the Bromont CCI*** (Quebec), and this year they placed fifth in a division of intermediate at Southern Pines II (N.C.).
GOODKNIGHT b. g., 16 hands, 10 years, Canadian Sport Horse (Jamestown—Black Diamond, Quidam de Revel), owned by Tracy Bowman.
JOLIE WENTWORTH age 30, Martinez, Calif.
Last year, this pair finished fourth in the CIC*** at The Event at Rebecca Farm (Mont.), second in the CIC*** at Woodside (Calif.) and second in the CCI*** at Galway Downs (Calif.). This spring they were fifth in an intermediate division at Galway Downs.
PEPPER ANNE b. m., 16 hands, 11 years, German-bred Westphalian (Pavarotti van de Helle— Hauptstutbuch Silberrose, Sacramento Son), owned by Nina Barbour.
OLIVER TOWNEND (GBR) age 29, Shropshire, England.
Last year, this pair was fifth in the CIC*** at Tattersalls (Ireland), 16th in the CCI*** at Strzegom (Poland) and 11th in the Blenheim CCI*** (England). This year they won the Burnham Market CIC*** (England).
ARTHUR ch. g., 16.1 hands, 13 years, U.S.-bred Irish Sport Horse (Brandenburg's Windstar—Like Quick), owned by the rider and William and Carolyn Springer.
ALLISON SPRINGER age 37, Marshall, Va.
In 2011, this pair won the Red Hills CIC*** (Fla.), were 11th in the CIC*** at The Event at Rebecca Farms (Mont.) and seventh at the Dansko Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.). This year they finished eighth in the CIC*** at Red Hills (Fla.) and won a division of advanced at The Fork (N.C.).
UN br. m., 16 hands, 17 years, Irish-bred Irish Sport Horse (Cavalier Royale—Never Ever, Bahrain), owned by the rider.
JANE SLEEPER age 62, East Fallowfield, Pa.
In 2010, this pair completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and finished ninth at the Dansko Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.). This spring they finished 10th in a division of advanced at Pine Top Spring Advanced (Ga.).