Stats: age 41, Chattahoochee, Ga.
Courageous Comet: gr. g., 16.2 hands, 14 years, U.S.-bred Thoroughbred (Comet Shine—Rosenelli), owned by rider and Tom Holder, Chattahoochee, Ga.
This pair finished second at Rolex Kentucky in 2008, and they went on to represent the United States at the Olympic Games (Hong Kong). Last year, they won the Maui Jim CIC*** (Ill.) and placed fifth in the Jersey Fresh CIC*** (N.J.). This spring, they won advanced horse trials at Pine Top (Ga.) and Southern Pines (N.C.).
Jimmy’s Prediction: Courageous Comet is one of the best horses in the world. While they have good competitive results this spring, I sense something missing from the equation. Becky is quite experienced, and that helps. Still, it’s very difficult for a rider to re-establish the winning formula at a four-star. Becky could win the dressage, but I’d be surprised if she’s able to maintain that position.