Rolex Kentucky Day 1 Dressage Photo Gallery

Will Coleman is over the moon with OBOS O'Reilly after a personal best test. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Will Coleman is over the moon with OBOS O'Reilly after a personal best test. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It was an emotional first day of competition at the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. We kicked off the morning with the test ride by Kathleen Murray and Ballynoe Castle RM ahead of the legendary Irish Sport Horse’s official retirement. James Alliston and Parker, the first competitors in the ring, threw down a personal best and James’ mile-wide grin melted our hearts.

There were some tense moments as the wind picked up, the flags started flapping and an ominous sky sent us reaching for rain gear. Photographer Anthony Trollope called it “good weather for sailing,” but thankfully the storm passed us by. We’re looking forward to another full day of dressage tomorrow with some heavy hitters still to compete, including reigning Rolex Champion Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST.

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