41 Horses Accepted at Kentucky Three-Day Event First Inspection

Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack were the first pair down the jog strip. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

A total of 42 horses were presented at the first inspection on a beautiful afternoon here at the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event, with all but one accepted to send 41 forward to start the competition.

The ground jury of Christina Klingspor (SWE), Martin Plewa (GER) and Mark Weissbecker (USA) sent three horses to the holding box: Hallie Coon’s mount Celien, Erin Sylvester’s mount Paddy The Caddy, and Ashley Johnson’s mount Tactical Maneuver. Celien and Paddy The Caddy were accepted upon re-inspection, and Tactical Maneuver was sadly not accepted.

Liz Halliday-Sharp with a very fresh Deniro Z. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Jessica Phoenix was asked to jog Bogue Sound a second time before he was accepted; all other horses were accepted without issue. The jog proceeded relatively smoothly overall, though we certainly saw some fresh horses on the jog strip. Liz Halliday-Sharp’s mount Deniro Z was absolutely raring to go and sent more than a few spectators scattering as he pranced his way back to stabling.

Fashion is always on display on the Kentucky jog strip, and Chris Talley, who is making his five-star debut with Unmarked Bills, wore his suit in memory of his grandmother. The daisies embroidered on the fabric symbolized her favorite flower, and the word “Love,” so delicately stitched on the lapel, mimicked her handwriting.

Chris Talley, who is making his five-star debut with Unmarked Bills, wore a special suit in honor of his late grandmother. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Stay tuned for a full gallery of beautiful photos of every horse and rider from the one and only Shannon Brinkman, EN’s official Kentucky photographer. We will also be awarding the ever popular EN Unofficial Jog Awards.

Dressage starts at 10:30 a.m. EST on both Thursday and Friday and will stream live on USEF Network and Horse & Country TV depending on where you live in the world. Click here for a full guide on how to watch live. Click here for dressage start times.

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