I'm feeling very surprised! Two at the first fence, too. Huh.
Yeah, you can't blame that on difficult course design. I think a lot of these riders need to figure out some new strategy - more show jumping on a different horse? Maybe they're tired? But the difference between a clear and a 4 or 8 - let alone 12 or 16 - is significant in terms of being competitive.
If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket