Stats: age 48, Auburn, Calif.
R-Star: gr. m., 16.2 hands, 9 years, U.S.-bred Holsteiner (Riverman—Marisol), owned by rider.
This pair finished 10th in the Dansko Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) last year, as well as third in The Event At Rebecca Farm CIC***-W (Mont.), fourth in the Twin Rivers CIC*** (Calif.) and 12th at the Galway Downs CIC*** (Calif.). They also won the Twin Rivers CCI** and placed third in the advanced at Woodside (Calif.). This spring, they finished fifth in the Galway Downs CIC***.
Jimmy’s Prediction: Think of a Broadway musical. The audience is in their seats, the orchestra has finished the overture, and the new star is waiting in the wings, ready to step onto the stage. That’s R-Star. It helps that she’s gray and cute, with an expression of calm intelligence. The twinkle in her eye hides the whiplash buck that’s lurking in the background. Not only has Kristi found the horse of a lifetime, but also she’s formed a super partnership with her. They will not win here this year, but they’ll do everything that’s asked of them with breathtaking ease and athleticism.