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Big cheers for Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz!

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  • Big cheers for Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz!

    A beautiful XC round at Burghley today. It's up at burghley.tv, so go watch it. The horse can gallop and jump.

    Colleen and Shiraz were 12th at Rolex this year but they were left off the various team lists and Colleen did not get a USEF grant for Burghley (and according to her blog, she applied).

    Undaunted, Colleen self-funded her way to Burghley, brought Jimmy Wofford along to coach, and rode a steady, forward round over a very difficult course.

    Well done.

  • #2
    wow....what a cool little horse and rider.

    He just skipped over most of those fences like it was no effort at all. Scopey AND very clever....and a great job by the rider too.

    THAT is a xc combo we need on a team!!!!
    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


    • #3
      Just saw the one, I would ride

      WFP and Parklane hawk made it look easy; horse seems to love to gallop and jump; with WFP, why not? That's my ride A copybook round!
      breeder of Mercury!

      remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans


      • #4
        Aside from her riding skills and the lovely horse, Colleen is a class act as a person, the kind one would want representing the country! Our reputation is not really that stellar on a personal level and needs some serious adjusting.


        • Original Poster

          Also, Colleen wore her helmet in dressage.


          • #6
            Just watched her video replay. I'm really impressed!!!


            • #7
              Wow. Looks like the insolent creature has actually owned most of her own horses, and even TRAINED them for the most part. The gall! Doesn't she know that the grant money is earmarked for those who already have wealthy owners to import Advanced horses and foot the bills?

              Third Charm Event Team


              • #8
                Wow, Colleen and Shiraz had an impressive go. Woo-hoo!!!! Go girl go.

                Thirdcharm, you hit the nail on the head and made it funny.

                I read some blog comments somewhere and people were saying they thought she looked "pony clubbish" wearing the helmet, that the other riders in tophats looked so much better. Huh?!?! I think the exact opposite. Event horses look so different in their bodies that a rider in a helmet looks perfect on them. Very sporty, jmho!


                • #9
                  Kudos, for a smart ride (wearing the helmet), a beautiful ride (xc) and just a great job by a great person as well as super rider
                  OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


                  • Original Poster

                    After watching this video, I see that Burghley is hardly the biggest challenge she's faced.


                    • #11

                      Her daughters and their ponies were too cute in that news video.


                      • #12
                        About how much does it cost to send a US rider to Burghley?

                        (not trying to stir up trouble btw, just generally curious and pretty clueless!)
                        Barn rat for life


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lep View Post
                          Her daughters and their ponies were too cute in that news video.
                          I was laughing at the news anchor (with the helmet smushing her hair-do) getting a pony ride from her daughter!
                          Barn rat for life


                          • #14
                            Bet the shippers don't have cheap round trip tickets for horses. From what I've read, horse shipping across the Atlantic one way these days is close to, if not at or above, 10k.
                            "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
                            Thread killer Extraordinaire


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by scubed View Post
                              Kudos, for a smart ride (wearing the helmet), a beautiful ride (xc) and just a great job by a great person as well as super rider
                              ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                              • #16
                                I watched her at Rolex and thought, after seeing her jump so smoothly and competently through the Head of the Lake....immediately put down my backpack and whipped out my program to find out who the horse was....thought to myself, this is quite a talented animal, and Colleen is doing a whale of a job here... I even said something after XC to someone or may have even posted here about how cool she looked at the time....so it does not surprise me that she did this well at Burghley! I hope she has a great ride tomorrow and brings home a sound and happy horse to go on.
                                Proud & Permanent Student Of The Long Road
                                Read me: EN (http://eventingnation.com/author/annemarch/) and HJU (http://horsejunkiesunited.com/author/holly-covey/)


                                • #17
                                  Indeed an impressive round, made it look a bit like a pony club outing! But does anyone know why she didn't pat her horse nor get off at the end after such a brilliant effort by the horse?


                                  • #18
                                    I'm sure she got off eventually! :P

                                    I was impressed by how much praise she gave the horse throughout the course. You didn't hear other riders calling "Good boy!" as frequently as she did.


                                    • #19
                                      I love this horse! Super job by Colleen!


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
                                        wow....what a cool little horse and rider.

                                        He just skipped over most of those fences like it was no effort at all. Scopey AND very clever....and a great job by the rider too.

                                        THAT is a xc combo we need on a team!!!!
                                        "Red on the right, white on the left, insanity in the middle."