Thirty-nine horses will move on to show jumping at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event following this morning’s final horse inspection.
Forty-two horses completed cross country yesterday, and two were withdrawn last night prior to the final horse inspection: Lauren Kieffer’s mount Vermiculus and Jolie Wentworth’s mount GoodKnight.
Lauren said on her Facebook page that Vermiculus “jumped around like a seasoned pro but we made the decision to withdraw him tonight because he’s got some pretty sore muscles, most likely due to his acrobatic moves staying upright in the Head of the Lake.”
That gave us 40 horses coming forward for the ground jury this morning. Three were sent to the holding box: Lillian Heard’s mount Share Option, Ellen Doughty-Hume’s mount Sir Oberon, and Doug Payne’s mount Vandiver.
Share Option and Sir Oberon were both accepted after being re-presented from the holding box. Sadly, Vandiver was not accepted.
A massive crowd turned out to watch the horses jog following an action-packed day of cross country. The loudest cheer came when the ground jury accepted Mr. Medicott, which prompted Phillip Dutton to click his heels together in celebration.
Two Rolex Rookies swept the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Awards. The FEI judges consider the appearance of the horse and presenter, including grooming, tack, behavior, jog attire and interaction with the judges.
Madeline Backus and P.S. Arianna received the Best Presented Horse Award for today’s final horse inspection, and Savannah “Woodge” Fulton and Captain Jack received the Overall Best Presented Horse Award from both horse inspections.
Check out a full photo gallery from our amazing photographer Leslie Threlkeld.
Show jumping starts at 1 p.m. EST, and we still have much more to bring you, including Maggie Deatrick’s analysis on the top show jumping combinations in the field, plus Samantha Clark’s exclusive interview with Lucinda Green with her analysis about yesterday’s cross country.