So this year, my credit cards are safe, my rain gear will go undisturbed as I fly to New York City for a whirlwind wedding!! Fly in Saturday AM early, fly back Sunday AM early. Back in time to do some cross country repair work and teach a lesson. Whoosh!!
...Maybe its not too late to make it to Pau?
I went ahead and did a little analysis, and I'll DVR everything I can, and lord knows I'll be checking EventingNation every spare moment from Thursday morning onwards. Here's my thoughts*:
R Star (Zahra's aunt!!) will finish. Two bad years have taught them a lot. They should be ready for it this time.
James Aliston will make an impressive showing for the open GB Team slot.
Sharon White and Doug Payne will have an excellent 1st Rolex.
Michael Pollard will have his best showing ever.
Emily Beshear will get cheers the whole way round the course as "First Daughter."
We will have to start calling Marilyn Little-Meredith an eventer. She's not a show-jumper-turned-eventer anymore. I expect at least one of her horses in the Top Ten.
...will be the top 5, in some order (and if I get at least 2/5, I'd be pretty stoked about my handicapping skillz)
...will be horses I watch very closely for the future, for their own different reasons :)
*I don't subscribe to COTH, so unfortunately, I haven't been able to pour over Jimmy's predictions, so if we are either in agreement or not, it is purely coincidence.