Clarksdale, MS--the golden buckle on the cotton belt
Is Phillip Dutton planning to do a 4* with his Mystery Whisper before the Olympics? OR does he just figure that they've got a team spot locked and double locked?
Other than that question, Rolex has a really great group this year, especially if all the people from across the pond come. Anticipation is building FAST! Clayton Fredericks bringing back Ben Along Time is quite interesting. I loved that horse when he won Rolex five or six or more years ago.
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I'm confused. How can a rider/horse combination be on the Olympic trial list if one of them or the combination has never completed a 4 star and expect to have any consideration for making the team?
Sorry, I really am not sure how the entire process works, but can't imagine the other top counties even considering to send a pair who don't have a lot of experience at the highest level.
The qualifications are as a combination horse/rider must complete a CCI**** or CCI*** plus a CIC***
Philip has lots of choices to get that done both here (NA) and in Europe.
Fair Hill, Jersey, Bromont, Tattersalls, Branham, Saumur, Ballindenisk.
Sinead is already qualified.
Phillip has said Mystery Whisper will go to Jersey Fresh. Michael Pollard is set to run 2, Boyd is said to run 3. And I'm sure there are a few others. Thus far, the list looks good. In all honesty, I wouldn't be surprised if a Brit wins again this year. They wouldn't dare spend the money if they weren't coming to win.