Kentucky Thursday Morning Dressage Open Thread, Presented by SmartPak

Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

It’s go time, EN! The long anticipated 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is officially upon us. We’re looking to the first day of dressage, where pairs will be shooting for excellence int he first phase. Don’t forget—we’ve also ditched the dressage multiplier, so we’re going to see the leaderboard get pretty tight. Click here to read more about what Equirating’s Diarm Byrne thinks that means for this year’s competition.

Buck Davidson and Carl & Cassie Segal’s Park Trader are first to go at 9:30 a.m. You can watch all the action live thanks to USEF Network. I’ll be updating this post throughout the morning, so keep checking back for all things #LRK3DE.

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11:56 a.m. Michael, you’ve got some explaining to do according to the USEA’s CEO:

11:38 a.m. We’re on a lunch break now, dressage continues at 1:00 p.m. and we will start an afternoon open thread, so stay tuned for much more from Kentucky!

11:33 a.m. “I think it was a nice test.” – Michael Jung with the understatement of the year.

11:29 a.m. Here’s your current top 5:

11:26 a.m. He’s done it! Michael Jung takes the lead on 27.1!

11:24 a.m. In the canterwork, they are trending 3 points higher than our leaders

11:19 a.m.  The reigning champions are in the ring! Now we hold our breath for what is assumed to be a spectacular test.

11:16 a.m. Eventers are tough stuff! But you already knew that.

11:15 a.m. Woodge Fulton and her OTTB Captain Jack received a score of 45.3.

11:12 a.m. Colleen Loach and the flashy grey Qorry Blue D’Argouges make their way into the arena

11:06 a.m. Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack are working through their test now. Liz Halliday-Sharp notes on the live stream that Woodge is the first rider not wearing spurs in her test.

11:04 a.m. A score of 32.1 moves Tamie and Wembley into second place! Great to see Tamie back here in Kentucky. Her last start was here in 2009 with Chaos Theory.

10:57 a.m. West Coast favorites Tamie Smith and Wembley are down the centerline

10:56 a.m. 36.8 for Ellen and Obie

10:54 a.m. Buck wins for cutest cheering squad!

10:49 a.m. Ellen Doughty-Hume is in the ring with Sir Oberon. This week they celebrate their third 4* start as well as her fourth wedding anniversary! Ellen and her husband, Alistair, married here at the horse park in 2014.

10:48 a.m. SPOTTED: Ze Terminator in the warm up! XOXO, Gossip Girl

10:37 a.m. Here’s the insights on scoring so far:

10:20 a.m. We’re now on a coffee break, and the action will start back at 10:48!

10:18 a.m. Boyd goes into the lead with 31.2!!

10:10 a.m. Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg have started with a very accurate test so far! Starting their season in Wellington is paying off.

10:08 a.m. 40.3 for Clip Clop who is definitely ready for XC!

10:03 a.m. Joe Meyer and Clip Clop will be looking to chip away at their 4* PB of 36.4

10:01 a.m. 36.4 for Lillian! The removal of the multiplier is definitely bunching these scores tightly.

10:00 a.m. Phillip sends a sweet shout out to Lee Lee in his post-ride interview! #LeeLeeStrong

9:58 a.m. “I’m impressed with how they are doing this” – Marilyn Payne on Lillian’s test

9:55 a.m. Lillian Heard and Share Option make their way into the ring.

9:54 a.m. 33.7 for Phillip and Z. Expert riding on a horse that started a little tense in his first four-star.

9:45 a.m. Phillip Dutton and four-star first-timer Z circle the ring. Fingers crossed – these are my predicted winners!

9:43 a.m. 33.3 for Caroline Martin and Spring Easy. Well done!

9:38 a.m. “It’s like sneaking vegetables into your kid’s diet” – John Kyle on why eventers must do dressage #relatable

9:37 a.m. Caroline Martin may need crutches on the ground, but she doesn’t look at all limited with Spring Easy in the dressage arena!

9:36 a.m. Buck earns a 35, just a hair above this pair’s PB (33.1)

9:32 a.m. Marilyn Payne says new this year, riders half pass all the way across the ring to the quarter line, then do a flying change on the quarter line—a big straightens test. What a treat to have insights from a four-star judge on the live stream!

9:30 a.m. Buck and Kobe are in the ring!

9:25 a.m. You’ll notice that the dressage arena is reversed this year, with the Judge at C now sitting with his back to the in gate.

9:15 a.m.