This photo is Gleaming Road, from out West, the approach.
A word about the Thoroughbreds at Rolex this year...
There were many rails down in show jumping (see Eventing Nation summary). The course, especially the triple combination, seemed to favor the smaller horse. The bigger-striding horses got buried in the second fence of that combination, and Buck Davidson's young horse, The Apprentice, pretty much took that second fence down in an untidy stop. There were rails all over, but the thoroughbreds and most of the smaller horses fared well overall...
- Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch had only time faults
- Petite Fleur, clear.
- Pirate and Meghan O'Donahue had one rail down.
- Donner had one rail and took 12th place overall.
- Share Option was clear.
- Fly Me Courageous, 2 rails, 19th place.
- Parker 2 rails.
- Rise Against, 1 rail.
- Shiraz had 2 rails.
- Sparrow's Nio, a TB/Connemara cross, had 3 rails but a super and brave attitude. Allie wrote that his show jumping is a bit of a work in progress so she must be happy with it. A lot of bigger, more experienced horses did worse.