Sunday, April 30, 2017
All about the horse, Vermicullus withdrawn
Vermicullus looked game and full of run Saturday despite the very tough course design. It was pouring rain when he left the startbox but the weather didn't seem to bother him. Unfortunately he had a stumble entering the Head of the Lake
Probably thanks to the quick feet of his Arabian dad he remained on his feet, actually jumped the fence two strides away, but got a little lost and had a run out at the next one. He wasn't alone, there were quite a few stumbles and glace offs all day long and several other horses stumbled in the Lake. It's a big drop so I don't think footing was the issue.
He continued on and galloped across the finish line, but after he ended up a bit muscle sore when he cooled down the decision was made to withdraw him and save him for another day. That's good horsemanship and he many more years ahead of him so expect to see him next year!
You can see his run on the USEF Network.
Lest we not forget that the Rolex horses are still just regular horses, here is Vermicullus, 4 star event horse, on his way to Rolex dressage and those are plastic bags. Horses never change, no matter how brave.