Stats: age 34, Mt. Airy, Md.
Shiraz: ch. g., 16 hands, 13 years, Thoroughbred (Gallapiat—Bold Blossom, Fountain Of Gold), owned by rider.
Last year, they were eighth at the Jersey Fresh CIC*** (N.J.), 12th at the Bromont CCI*** (Que.) and 17th at the Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.). This spring, they placed third in a division of advanced at Pine Top Spring (Ga.) and 10th at advanced at Southern Pines II (N.C.).
Jimmy’s Prediction: Along with Arthur and Slate River, Shiraz is one of the most athletic horses in the competition. Being a Thoroughbred, he takes a rather disdainful attitude toward the dressage, but if Colleen can coax a quiet dressage test out of him, she will have a smile on her face for the rest of the weekend. You will have a smile on your face as well, when you see the contemptuous ease with which “Luke” jumps these four-star fences.