My happiest days in Virginia were spent with horses.
My anxious musings have shaped the person I’ve become in a bunch of ways (positive and non), but one of the biggest life-changers for me was my flop of a freshman year of college. I thought about those days earlier this week when my newsfeed was dominated by sad news from the horse world—my freshman riding coach, Sandy Gerald, passed away in a freak jump-setting accident.
Ben Radvanyi photo.
Michael Jung of Germany took dead aim on becoming only the second rider win the Rolex Grand Slam by emphatically grabbing the lead at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, riding Fischerrocana FST to an outstanding dressage score of 34.4 penalties.
The 34th annual Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will get underway with Welcome Day events on Sunday, May 8, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Following Welcome Day, the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will host two weeks of exceptional hunter/jumper competition, highlighted by a CSI 2* on May 10-15, and a CSI 3*, held May 17-22. Welcome Day features hunter, jumper, and equitation competition for exhibitors and free admission for spectators, giving the local community and beyond the opportunity to experience Old Salem Farm.
Michael Jung is aiming to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event for the second time with Fischerrocana FST.
All 73 horses presented to the three-member ground jury will start on Thursday in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. President Ernst Topp of Germany, Sandy Phillips of Great Britain and Andrew Bennie of New Zealand evaluated the fitness of horses from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Australia and Mexico before a keen crowd of about 1,000 fans. Prominent among the starting field are four former Rolex Kentucky champions: Phillip Dutton, who won in 2008 on Connaught; Michael Jung of Germany, who won in 2015 on Fischerrocana FST; Blyth Tait of New Zealand, who won in 2000 on Welton Envoy; and Kim Severson, who won in 2002, 2004 and 2005 on Winsome Adante.
It is much harder to find a horse for this than I thought. The whole time frame aspect makes it feel like being on one of those timed cooking shows. I’m afraid that when the horse goes to be “plated” it will look like a mess because I ran out of time.