Stats: age 46, Port Perry, Ont.
Amistad: ch. g., 17 hands, 11 years, Thoroughbred-Belgian Warmblood (Ascot Knight—Sleigh Bells), owned by Julie Pring, Port Perry, Ont.
In 2008, this pair placed third in the Bromont CCI** (Que.), 11th at the Dansko Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.), second in the Wits End CIC***-W (Ont.) and won the advanced at Maui Jim (Ill.). This spring, they won an advanced division at Pine Top (Ga.) and placed sixth at intermediate at Rocking Horse (Fla.).
Jimmy’s Prediction: Michele and Amistad had an unfortunate “slip and fall on a turn” mishap during their final preparation. They need to put this unfortunate accident behind them, and I think they can. They’re a very talented pair and are entirely capable of astonishing the world this weekend.