I'm pulling for Cate Billings, the winner of the Southeast US Zone.........her horse got injured at the Talent Search Finals, but he's back on track and leaving this weekend for the long trip back to NY!!! She's a lovely girl, and a lovely dedicated rider, without some of the advantages others have............but with the talent to win!
I would go back and win it again! DUH
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The chances of doing worse are significantly higher than the chances of the same result. I personally think it shows good sportsmanship if a previous winner does not compete again, even if given the option.. but perhaps that is just me.
I saw some great rides at WIHS, but the ones who stuck out most to me were Reed Kessler, Samantha Schaefer (sp?), and especially Chase Boggio. That kid rode the heck out of the jumping phase on Saturday, and as soon as I saw him ride to the first jump, I just knew it was going to be a great round. Afterwards, I overheard one of the judges say that he was the only one who rode the course like true jumper round. That's not to say that everyone else didn't ride well, but his trip really stood out and his scores reflected it. However, it's very obvious that all of those kids work really hard. Good luck to all of them.
I am rooting for Zazou. She is one of the most hard working and talented riders. She is also very down to earth and appreciates every opportunity. This is also her last year as a junior and it would be so cool if she could go out in a big way.
Floridafoxhunter your post is totally inapproriate and it is not your place to state other peoples business. I am sure they would not appreciate it!!
It's inappropriate to state that this girl is probably not as wealthy as the others? It seems to be pretty common knowledge just how wealthy some of those top jrs are. However, the kid FloridaFoxHunter is referring to is the daughter of a trainer isn't she? (I could be making this up but I thought I read that somewhere.) I bet she's had some pretty nice advantages too - albeit different.