We’ll see a few changes to the running order come cross country day after some key withdrawals from the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, which kicks off next Wednesday. Buck Davidson has withdrawn Kat and Roberto Cuca’s Jak My Style, who was to be the trailblazer as the first drawn in the order. Jak My Style will instead contest the 4*-S at Kentucky, while Buck’s two other rides, Carlevo and Erroll Gobey) will compete in the 5*. This will put Will Coleman with Team Rebecca LLC’s DonDante as the pathfinders come next Saturday.
We will also not see Tight Lines, the quirky and quick French-bred Thoroughbred partner of Will Coleman‘s; the 15-year-old gelding was withdrawn last week.
From Will: “Unfortunately Phish sustained a tendon injury after a gallop in our preparation for Kentucky. He’s going to be fine. Probably out for the year, but we hope to be back strong in 2023.”
Also withdrawn is Johnny Royale, the ride of New Zealand’s Joe Meyer, after the 14-year-old Thoroughbred was sold to Eugenia “Bean” Fletcher as a partner to show her the ropes at the Advanced level. “It’s difficult to miss a five-star event and we were not actively marketing him,” Joe commented. “It was just that right person at the right time. The Team Johnny Syndicate has Buccaneer to cheer on at Kentucky (he’s entered in the 4*-S] and the four-star Long at Tryon in the next few weeks. They have been super supportive in this decision and are excited about a new horse to join the syndicate in Johnny’s place.”
German rider Josephine Schnaufer and Pasadena 217 will also not hop aboard a plane to the U.S. after Josephine dislocated her elbow in a fall from another horse, finding herself unable to ride for the next few weeks. She was also concerned that her horse would not achieve the necessary fitness in time for Kentucky. “My plan B is going to Luhmühlen,” she told EN.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on all things Kentucky AND Badminton, so stay tuned for much more.