Each year in this magazine we publish photos of the top horses and riders from the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. We show you the glamour of the awards ceremony, the emotion of a clean stadium round, the grit and determination of a foot-perfect cross-country round.
They're the 10 horses and riders from which the Olympic team will be named.
Laura Kraut said that “you always expect the unexpected in these trials,” and that quote rang true through the U.S. Equestrian Federation Olympic Show Jumping Selection Trials, Feb. 28-March 9 in Wellington, Fla.
The selection trials process for U.S. Equestrian Federation championship show jumping teams has been evolving for 20 years as officials and riders try and balance the fairness of objectivity with the wisdom of subjectivity. This year, I think they’re even closer to getting it right.
At this stage of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Olympic Selection Trials, it’s all about endurance. In Trials 1 and 2, the horses showed their scope, power, carefulness and ability. Now, it’s all about maintaining clear round-jumping over grueling courses over and over.
He and Kent Farrington were nearly unbeatable on the grand prix circuit, collecting $308,510.
Up Chiqui was quite simply the horse to beat in 2007.
“He’s a horse who goes in the ring and makes you very nervous as a competitor. They had one hell of a year,” said McLain Ward, who traded wins with Up Chiqui and Kent Farrington frequently. “It’s unprecedented to go on a winning streak like he did, week in and week out.”
Her students dominated equitation finals across the country like never before.
Karen Healey joked that during the fall equitation finals, “I didn’t get the Academy Award, but I got a hell of a lot of nominations!” Healey’s students occupied three spots in the top 10 in the USEF/Pessoa Medal Finals (Pa.) and the ASPCA Maclay Finals (N.Y.), capping a year of success in the equitation, hunter and jumper rings.