32 Horses Move to Kentucky Show Jumping After Nail-Biting Inspection

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lynn Symansky and Donner. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Thirty-two horses will move on to show jumping at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day following this morning’s nail-biting final horse inspection here in Lexington, Kentucky.

The crowd gasped when the ground jury of Christian Landolt, Sue Baxter, and Jane Hamlin asked Michael Jung to jog overnight leader fischerRocana FST twice — the second time on a loose rein — before sending her to the holding box.

The ground jury accepted fischerRocana FST upon re-presentation, and then sent Chris Burton’s second-placed mount Nobilis 18 to the holding box moments later. Nobilis 18 was also accepted upon re-presentation.

Four horses in total were sent to the holding box. In addition to fischerRocana FST and Nobilis 18, the ground jury also sent Caroline Martin’s mount Spring Easy and Erin Sylvester’s mount Paddy The Caddy to the holding box. Spring Easy, who was presented by Leslie Law due to Caroline’s injured foot, was accepted upon re-presentation. Paddy The Caddy was sadly not accepted upon re-presentation.

Three horses were withdrawn prior to the final horse inspection: Mackenna Shea’s mount Landioso, Colleen Rutledge’s mount Covert Rights, and Leah Lang-Gluscic’s mount AP Prime.

Colleen said on her Facebook page: “Unfortunately, we had an uncharacteristic cross country day. While CR is ready to give his heart out tomorrow, we feel it is in his best interest to wait for another day. We will head home and CR will get a much appreciated vacation.”

Shout out to Lynn Symansky for keeping the lid on a very fresh Donner, who looked ready to go around Derek di Grazia’s cross country course again today.

Check back shortly for Leslie Threlkeld’s full photo gallery from this morning’s horse inspection.

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Show jumping starts at 1 p.m. EST this afternoon. It’s yet another beautiful day in Kentucky. Stay tuned! Go Eventing.

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