If you want to see near perfection from both horse and rider, then you have to see Michael Jung's phenomenal Rolex cross-country ride.
Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST dominated the eventing world when they won the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Rolex is a four-star event, meaning that the horses and riders that compete are the top of the top in their sport.
Jung rode fischerRocana FST, a German sporthorse mare, to victory on Sunday, May 1 when the pair had one fault in the show jumping. They had gained a wide lead thanks to their nearly flawless cross-country round, and won the competition by 13.3 points.
It's not their first victory at Rolex, though - the pair also won the event last year. And if you take a look at the video below, it's pretty evident why.
The cross-country phase is perhaps the most athletically demanding phase of Rolex, and of eventing competitions, in general. Cross-country courses are long, and time counts, so the horse must gallop continuously. The fences on cross-country courses are large and many are solid - if horse and rider miss, nasty falls can occur.
So why do it? Eventing is thrilling, fast-paced, and addictive. There's nothing better than galloping a horse cross-country, soaring over the high show jumping fences, or performing a beautiful dressage test. Because so much training and conditioning goes into eventing competitions, horses and riders tend to know each other well, and a bond of trust also develops.
Now that Jung has won Rolex, he brings home a Rolex watch and $110,000 in prize money.