Friday’s draw order is teeming with horses talented on the flat, almost none more so than Quarrycrest Echo who has taken over the lead of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event with Piggy French in the tack.
Jayne McGivern’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Clover Echo x Royal China, by Cavalier Royale) has the best dressage average in the field at this level, but they went ahead topped that with a personal best of 27.1.
“To be honest I didn’t think I had him quite right outside so in my mind I was thinking, I knew I wasn’t in the perfect place you want to be, but I really was impressed with him the fact that he’s become more professional over the years and tried very hard and knuckled down, so I was just delighted and could start breathing when I did the final halt and he had been a good boy,” she said.
The next leaderboard change is brought to you courtesy of Erin Sylvester and Paddy The Caddy, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred (Azamore x Slamy) owned by Frank McEnte. They also ventured into personal best territory with their score of 32.2, which moves them into fifth place.
Lauren Kieffer, who was the very first ride of the day, took over 7th place on a score of 33.6 with Paramount Importance, a 12-year-old Holsteiner (Pasco x Gesche II, by Lois).
Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue d’Argouges, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred/Selle Francais (Mr. Blue x Hardie du Bourg, by Count Ivor) owned by Petter Barry, sit 8th after on a score of 34 — another personal best today.
Will Coleman and Tight Lines, a 12-year-old French Thoroughbred (Turgeon x Merindole, Tel Quel) move into 12th on a score of 35.7.
We welcomed Leslie Law back to the top level after a decade hiatus to sit 16th on a score of 36.9 with Voltaire de Tre’, a 10-year-old Selle Francais (Gentleman IV x Jasmina du Frense) owned by Tre’ Brooks.
This morning’s session proved the “Friday Phenomenon” exists, as scores have been an average of 0.25 points above what we expected — a stark contrast to yesterday which saw the morning sessions 2.58 and 1.85 points higher on average.
For the morning group, the judges have had a 3.42% difference of opinion, and of the three judges, Mark Weissbecker has remained the lowest scoring so far.
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We’ll be back underway with the final session starting at 1:00 with Waylon Roberts and Lancaster. You can watch live on USEF Network. Stay tuned for much more from #LRK3DE. Go Eventing.