The 2016 Rolex Three Day Event is in the books and as in past years, this year was filled with ups, downs and everything in between. The competition was fierce and at the end of competition Sunday, it was clear how talented the horses and riders of the weekend were!
Competition started Thursday and Friday with dressage tests that challenged riders and their horses in a precise and challenging test. Nearly 90 riders took to the dressage ring to strut their stuff in a difficult test that brought out the best in each horse and rider team. Favorite Michael Jung Fischerrocana FST finished in first place following the dressage tests with Allison Springer and Arthur in second going into Cross Country.
Cross Country day brought a wet and messy course that made the course all the more difficult, especially as the day went on. Marilyn Little and RF Demeter, who finished in third place after Dressage, were eliminated on the Cross Country course and Allison Springer and Arthur ended up in 20th place with their disappointing run on the Cross Country course. This shook things up going into Show Jumping and opened up the field.
Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST were still the favorites in first place going into the Show Jumping phase. Favorites like Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin were sitting at the top of the leaderboard along with Lauren Kieffer, Sinead Halpin and Maya Black. The tightly timed course proved difficult for many riders and when rain storms popped up near the end of the day, competition got truly interesting as favorites faltered! Michael Jung proved an immovable force as he finished in first place securing his second win at Rolex. Lauren Kieffer on Veronica came in behind him in second place and Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair rounded out the top three.
Golden Oak Stables has all the makings for you to live your own Rolex dream. From horses to riders and everything in between, there’s nothing stopping you!