Just watched a few of the Grand Prix rides on the iPad off of Patricia's site. Love, love, love Valegro and Charlotte is such an inspiration. His hind end is fantastic - usually by Grand Prix age you see a bit of toe dragging, yet he has power and flexion that most horses only exhibit over cavaletti and he doesn't need tension to produce it. Looks like a happy camper. Please breeders, produce 1000 more like him!
Wizard is looking like he really has his "game on" ! Looking more scopey and supple than when I last saw him. And Adrienne just looks so elegant! Also an inspiration and expect to see her on the team.
Would love to sit on Paragon's canter just once. I imagine you'd lose your stomach a bit with each stride with the air time he gets! That's how Heather is so skinny! Jk... He has a bit too much swing in the trot work, almost making him look uneven in the half pass. Also appears slightly thin/stressed, but he is sooo tall and young he might just be needing more time. Still one of the most impressive athletes I've ever seen. Breeders, please make more like him, but shorter! Wie Atlantico seemed like a pony after watching him.
I watched Steffen and Ravel last. His half passes are still divine, as his canter work in general. He is hands down, the best US rider, but aesthetically a bit busy looking. JMHO.
Looking forward to the freestyles!
Today was Paragon's best test of the weekend... Much improved from the earlier rides and fewer mistakes. The winners, Adrienne and Wizard had the best test of the day without question though. Adrienne is such a gorgeous, quiet rider - easily my favorite pair to watch out of the whole show. I'm taking lots of pics and video so I'll be sure to post when I get home Hopefully I'm getting some good ones!