Eventing News: Rolex Recap
Michael Jung Did It Again!
By Amanda Sims, Editor
Eventing is an English sport that combines three events: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Dressage tests the gaits, suppleness, and obedience of the horse through the designated pattern. Cross-country is a test of both speed and endurance over solidly built fences, water, banks, and ditches. Show jumping tests how precise and energetically the pair can tackle a series of fences after the first two phases.
2017 was a new record for Rolex when German rider Michael Jung and his 12-year-old German Sport Horse (Wuttemberger) mare FischerRocana cinched top honors for the third year in a row. While Bruce Davidson and Kim Severson have also won Rolex three times, Michael is the first to have won Rolex with the same horse for three consecutive years. He finished with a score of 42.7.
Maxime Livio and his 13-year-old horse Qalao Des Mers finished with a score of 44.6, which was his original score from dressage. In other words, he didn’t incur any penalties after the first phase of dressage.
In third place, Zara Tindall from Great Britain also finished on her dressage score of 46.6 riding 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse High Kingdom.
America’s own Phillip Dutton came in fourth place aboard 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse Mr. Medicott. Fourth place was all Phillip needed to achieve the 2017 USEF CCI4* National Champion as the highest placed American with Mr. Medicott.
In fifth place, Hannah Sue Burnett rode 13-year-old Holsteiner Under Suspection. Together, they arrived at the score of 54.8.
Competing is a post-Level 4 study. A Parelli foundation (Level 4 in all Four Savvys) means that your horse is adequately prepared mentally, emotionally, and physically to begin a specialization such as the sport of Eventing. If you’re interested in learning more about preparing your horse to go into the show ring one day, then visit the Parelli Levels Program within the Savvy Club. Connect with a Parelli Professional to accelerate and deepen your understanding of horses so when you set foot in the show pen or on the course, you and your horse are ready!
featured photo courtesy of Leslie Potter