With entries closing yesterday for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, this morning’s entry status shows 64 horse-and-rider combinations, including two-time defending champion Michael Jung. The Terminator will ride 2016 winner fischerRocana FST as well as fischerTakinou, who handily finished second in his first CCI4* at Pau last fall.
Michael commented last year that Rocana really seemed to enjoy her time in Kentucky, so he tapped her and “Taki” early when he announced his competition plans for the spring. Will there be a Jung hat trick? Time will tell, but there are plenty of challengers ready to step up to the plate this year.
Also added to the entry list is France’s Maxime Livio with Qalao de Mers, who won Pau CCI4* and finished second at Luhmühlen CCI4* last year. We will also see the return of Great Britain’s Zara Tindall with High Kingdom, who completed Badminton last spring after the horse sustained an injury and withdrew from Rolex before dressage in 2015.
Buck Davidson also populates the list now with three entries: Carl Segal and Sherrie Martin’s Copper Beach, Caroline and Sherrie Martin’s Petite Flower and Carl and Cassie Segal’s Park Trader.
We’ll also see Phillip Dutton, who is entered with John and Kristine Norton’s I’m Sew Ready, Annie Jones and Tom Tierney’s Fernhill Fugitive as well as the Mr. Medicott Syndicate’s Mr. Medicott. Phillip told EN last month that Mr. Medicott would be making a comeback this year following a lengthy rehabilitation period, and he is also entered to compete at The Fork CIC3* next week.
We’ll continue to bring you the latest updates on the Rolex entry list. With entries closing yesterday, we expect to see a few more names popping up on the list. Hold onto your hats; it’s going to be an exciting ride this year!
Jenni Autry contributed to this report.