Forty-one horses will move on to show jumping at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event following a chilly final horse inspection this morning in Lexington. Easy Target and Mighty Nice were both withdrawn before the jog started, and Catch A Star was withdrawn from the holding box.
Easy Target was presumably sore after a run in with the corner at the Land Rover Hollow yesterday, and Phillip Dutton said on his Facebook page that Mighty Nice scraped his stifle yesterday on cross country and is feeling sore this morning. Caitlin Silliman told EN the mare wasn’t quite right this morning, and it was in her best interest to withdraw.
To catch you up on the other withdrawals from late in the day yesterday, Will Faudree withdrew Andromaque after she pulled a shoe on cross country and wasn’t feeling her best as a result. Emily Cammock withdrew Dambala after he aggravated an old suspensory injury.
Five horses in total were sent to the holding box, starting with Annie Clover as just the second horse to present. Last year’s winner Bay My Hero was then sent to the holding box shortly thereafter.
Due to U.S. quarantine regulations, all the overseas horses must complete their portion of the horse inspection before the U.S.-based horses can be presented, so we had a tense, lengthy wait while waiting for Annie Clover and Bay My Hero to be re-presented. Both horses passed upon re-inspection.
Novelle and Coal Creek were also sent to the holding box; both passed upon re-inspection. As previously stated, Caitlin Silliman withdrew Catch A Star from the holding box.
Show jumping starts at 1 p.m. EST, and you can watch it live on USEF Network in North American and on FEI TV elsewhere in the world. Keep it locked on EN as we bring you every minute of the action from the finale of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.