Candice King walking the course she later would conquer to place second.
Alison Robitaille and Beezie Madden scoping out Anthony D’Ambrosio’s course.
Ben Maher and Shane Sweetnam exchanging views.
Cian O’Connor surveying the course.
Jessica Springsteen getting some pointers from Laura Kraut, her coach.
Tiffany Foster and Eric Lamaze on the course walk.
Before the rain! Florida-based Todd Minikus placed third for the best result so far on the gray Uraguay that he began riding during the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival.
And then it started pouring down! America’s Candice King on Kismet 50, owned by the Bellissimo farmily that heads up the partnership that operates the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, was runnerup to Kent Farrington and Blue Angel, both with a double clear rounds.
Brianne Goutal and Zernike K were literally jumping out of the water in the first round of the Trump Invitational.
Beezie Madden, the two time Olympic team gold medalist, rode Coral Reef Via Volo to a clear first round but decided not return for the jump-off and finished eighth overall.
The rain was so heavy at times it was hard to recognize horses and riders. Here’s Ben Maher on Kavannagh that could have been swimming in the Intracoastal Waterway in the background.
The rain did not cooperate in Jessica Springsteen on Vindicat W showing off her new Gucci riding coat.
Lauren Hough on Ohlala was the first combination to go clear but a rail down in the jump-off dropped the pair to fourth place.
Tim Gredley on Unex Chamberlain Z was the only one of four European combinations to go clear in the first round and make it to the jump-off. The pair finished seventh overall.