Recapping An Exciting 3 Days At Rolex!
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stop thinking about Rolex! What an amazing weekend filled with excitement, unexpected results, and of course Michael Jung making history as the first rider to win three years in a row. 57 horses left the start box on Saturday, four of which were Success Equestrian riders. In addition, Kristen Csik Bond’s horse, I’m Sew Ready (owned by John and Kristie Norton) made his four-star debut with Phillip Dutton in the irons.
There were inevitable ups and downs, and a range of results for our riders. No matter what the outcome, we are so proud of all of our sponsored riders that competed for making it this far and want to congratulate each and every one of them. To highlight the weekend, we’ve put together a brief snapshot of the highlights and memorable moments from the show. Read on for more!
Key Highlights from Rolex 2017
Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border
One of the most notable moments of this year’s Rolex included Kim Severson and her Irish import, Cooley Cross Border, strutting their way to an impressive third place after dressage. The pair scored a 41.0 and this was the horse’s first four star. This pair has had a very exciting year, including winning the Carolina International Advanced division. We are very much looking forward to watching this team as they progress. Of course Kim was rocking her Deluxe Dressage Non Slip Saddle Pad and they both looked beyond elegant.
Check out Kim’s test here, courtesy of USEF Network:
Three-time Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover Champion, Kim Severson Eventing, is sitting in 3rd after a fabulous dressage test scoring 41.0 with Cooley Cross Border in his four star debut! Watch live and on-demand: http://www.usefnetwork.com/coverage/2017rk3de/
Posted by USEF Network on Friday, April 28, 2017
Tim Bourke and Obie
Another incredible moment was watching Success Equestrian rider Tim Bourke and his Irish gelding cruise around the cross country course, clocking in with the fastest time of the day. How impressive is that? Listening to Tim’s interviews after cross country, he made it quite clear that Obie truly shines in this phase. He is simply a cross country machine and he could not have been happier. The pair moved up from 41st place to 16th! The two have now successfully completed Rolex four times, in addition to running Burghley Horse Trials in 2015.
Tim and Obie demonstrate such a strong partnership and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch them easily waltz around the four star cross country tracks! Of course Tim was sporting his favorite Deluxe Cross Country Monoflap Non Slip Saddle Pad at Rolex 2017 and they looked fantastic.
Watch a recap of Tim and Obie’s impressive round here: https://www.usef.org/network/coverage/2017rk3de/
Lillian Heard and Share Option
Finally, the lovely Lillian Heard rocked Rolex Kentucky this year, placing in the top twenty on not one, but two horses! She rode LCC Barnaby and her own Irish import, Share Option, bringing home two clear cross country rounds, some time penalties and just one rail on each horse in show jumping. Lillian is such a determined and focused rider. It was a blast watching and cheering this team on!
Other Memorable Moments
Some other notable mentions include Success Equestrian rider Kristen Csik Bond’s I’m Sew Ready being ridden around his first four star. With Olympic rider Phillip Dutton in the irons, the pair finished in 10th place. Kristen typically rides and competes I’m Sew Ready, though handed over the reins temporarily while she welcomed a second child. Kristen, along with the horse’s owners, John and Kristie Norton, were all there cheering on the team.
With Rolex 2017 behind us, we want to congratulate all of our Success Equestrian riders that competed. What a fantastic weekend and we could not be more proud to have such an outstanding group of individuals representing our brand.
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