The infield water complex was the place to spectate at last weekend’s Champagne Run H.T. at the Kentucky Horse Park. Between the plastic flamingos and an edge-of-your-seat variety show of jumping styles into the pond, if there’d been a daiquiri stand I’d have probably camped out there all day. (Feel free to pocket that idea away for next year, Champagne Run organizers!)
The complex received mixed reviews from equine competitors, however.
Despite it being a fine day for swimming, some horses weren’t quite sure they wanted to get their feet wet. Exhibit A: Hannah Scheid’s Mile High Murphy in the Open Training division.
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Well-played, Hannah and Murphy! It certainly wasn’t a swan dive — a flamingo dive, perhaps?
A few other less dramatic passes through the water:
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Finn popping through the water like a champ We finished Finn’s first novice without jump penalties but picked up a few time penalties in both phases (wanted to make wide turns in SJ and took an option in XC). Also was very proud of his consistent dressage test with a score of 35! Way to go, Finny!! ❤️
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