Eventing

Anatomy of a Cross-Country Jump, Compliments of Michael Jung

This is how it’s done, kids.

Like the certainty of death, taxes, and rain on cross-country day in Kentucky, Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST showed up to Rolex 2016 ready to play. And play they did.

After earning a commanding lead in dressage, Jung put in solid performances in both cross-country and show jumping, resulting in back-to-back Rolex victories with Fischerrocana FST—a feat only matched by Kim Severson and Winsome Adante back in 2004-2005. This week, Jung will turn his attention to Badminton in England, the third leg of the Rolex Grand Slam, where he’ll be riding La Biosthetique Sam.

During Saturday’s soggy cross-country competition, we caught up with Jung early on course at jump 4B of the Market Moguls combination. And as one might expect, he provided us with a step-by-step master class in jumping technique and position.

This is how it’s done, kids.

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