Thermal, Calif.—March 18
As Michael Dennehy watched his student Jaden Olson in the warm up he fretted. Had she started jumping soon enough? Did she make the right decisions in warm up?
Normally he’d be in the schooling ring himself, guiding his student through the best pre-round routine. But according to the rules of the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship, riders must turn in their phones at the beginning of the class and their trainers are relegated to anxious spectators.