I have finally caught up with the qualifiers for the 2012 Olympics...(huge thanks to USEF Network!!!!)
I am not going to lie, Beezie always has been and will be my idol, Kent not far behind and in the first couple rounds I was just amazed by #1. how many young riders there are, #2. how many rails were getting pulled by practically everyone (even the people doing this FOREVER) and #3. how bad the course was winning! Goodness, I know it's a tough course but wow, those that did well certainly deserved it!!!
I always am skeptical of the young riders coming in. I know they need to start somewhere, get the experience and grow to be professionals but I like when the US kicks butt and I think when young riders with less experience come in on very very nice horses, sometimes mistakes happen. Well anyway, props for being young and getting somewhere big, but I really really want to talk about Ms. Reed Kessler....holy phenomenal. I absolutely adore this kid. She goes in and lays down a ride to be proud of, you don't look at her and see that she's just a kid, I had to double take and be like, no, actually she is 17 and riding the CRAP out of this course. Just AWESOME!
Anyway, I wanted to post a little blurb/link from the Chronicle about her, because not only is she an awesome rider, she's not one of those snotty horse-show kids that you can find.....she knows her stuff, and just seems so incredibly awesome...