All but one of the 60 horses presented to the Ground Jury this afternoon at the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover will continue to compete after the first horse inspection.
The Kentucky springtime sun shone brightly on this year’s group of four-star hopefuls as riders presented their equine partners to the Ground Jury of President Christina Kligspor (SWE), Nick Burton (GBR) and David Lee (IRL). Big hats, bold colors and stunning suits represented a common theme at today’s inspection as all the riders eagerly await the announcement of the Dubarry of Ireland’s Best Dressed Award.
Two horses, Colleen Rutledge’s Covert Rights and Jordan and Barbra Linstedt’s RevitaVet Capato, were sent to the hold box. Rutledge ultimately elected to withdraw Covert Rights in the hold, sadly ending their weekend early. A lengthy discussion by the Ground Jury following RevitaVet Capato’s representation had the audience holding their breath, but they eventually gave a nod of approval for the 14-year-old Hanoverian to continue.
Reigning champions Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST, who are eyeing a third consecutive victory in Kentucky, are among the 59 horse and rider combinations going forward to the dressage phase of the competition. Three of this weekend’s riders are here with three horses each. Jessica Phoenix will ride A Little Romance, Pavarotti and Bentley’s Best. Phillip Dutton is here with I’m Sew Ready, Fernhill Fugitive and Mr. Medicott. Buck Davidson continues aboard Park Trader, Copper Beach and Petite Flower.
Dressage gets underway tomorrow morning with BallynoeCastle RM performing the test ride at 9:30 a.m. followed by the James Alliston and Parker first in the ring at 10:10 a.m.
We all work hard to get our horses shiny and clean for competition day, but it can sometimes take a bit of extra elbow grease to get those grey or white horses looking their best. Rachael Livermore, head groom for Sharon White at Last Frontier Farm, shares some of the tricks she uses to get Sharon's horses looking spick and span - and it starts with everyday care!
This is it! The weekend we've all been waiting for is finally here - the return to competition has arrived! After nearly three months of suspended competitions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the country and the world, riders are shining up their boots and preparing to trot down the centerline. While our "new normal" will certainly look different than things did before the pandemic, these new regulations are in place for all our safety.
The return to competition upon us! This week on the show Nicole Brown is joined by Sinead Halpin Maynard to talk about how you can make sure you and your horse are prepared to get back to competing.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).