At big equestrian events like this we instantly become squealy little girls (toting wine). Oohing, ahhing, and looking out for our idols. McLain Ward and Quentin Judge sat diagnal from us watching the first few rounds.
It was a huge, tough course. Jumps were 1.60-1.65m. HUGE! Lots of rails, some stops, etc. Several elected to voluntarily excuse themselves. Those riders deserved a round of applause. At this level they are not out there to school. If they were struggling on course or having a bunch of rails, they elected to pull up and save their horse for another day. This wasn't their day and that's ok. Bravo!
Sadly Beezie and Simon had a rail as well as Rich and Flexible. I was really excited to see Flexible out there at age 19 and killing it. One cheap rail at the end. I was also excited to see my favorite horse from last year, Ammeretto. He's a 15.2 dark bay and I love him because he's 15.2 and sails over these jumps. It wasn't his day though and he had multiple rails. 6 returned for a fun jump off. McLain set a blazing speed on Rothchild then Charlie Jayne came in on Chill RZ and took a LONG distance to a blue vertical and and beat McLain's time to win. It was amazing.
Watch here http://youtu.be/iGXb1AlRyx8
It was a great time and I am so glad I went. Even from the stands the jumps looked ginormous. It made me realize how itty bitty the jumps I jump are. I can't imagine jumping something that big. I've worked my whole riding life to move up to the A/O Jumpers and that looks terrifying enough! So the first time I go show in the A/O Jumpers and think the jumps look monstrous I will remind myself of the jumps at The Million.
What about you, would you ever want to jump 1.60/1.65m?