As of April 15, the roster for the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** has a few notable withdrawals.
Tiana Coudray decided on the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** in England, where she’s based, instead of returning to the United States—despite receiving a Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at Kentucky with Ringwood Magister.
“I am so appreciative for the opportunity to go to Kentucky, but when it came down to it, we decided it was in ‘Finn’s’ best interest to stay in England and wait for Badminton,” Coudray told Eventing Nation. “I look forward to making the trip one day, but it’s not going to be this year.”
Becky Holder withdrew Can’t Fire Me after injuring her ankle at the beginning of April. She was walking the cross-country course at The Fork (N.C.) in her clogs when she tripped and fell. “We don’t know if it’s completely torn or just a really bad strain,” said Holder. “But when I was walking and went down there was a loud pop.”
Holder is waiting for MRI results, but in the meantime she’s been riding without stirrups. “It could very well be the best thing in the world for me,” she said.
She plans on rerouting the gray Thoroughbred gelding to compete in the CCI*** at Bromont (Quebec).
Will Faudree withdrew Andromaque, stating on his Facebook page: “In the final preparations for Rolex, Andromaque (Missie) has shown that she needs more time in her healing process. Although she ran superbly around the three-star course at The Fork, she is not ready to go to Rolex this year.”
“Missie” sustained an injury last fall that prevented her from competing in the Pau CCI**** in France.
Doug Payne received a Land Rover Competition Grant to compete at the Saumur CCI*** (France) with Crown Talisman at the end of May. Therefore, he’s planning to ride in the dressage phase of Rolex Kentucky but skip cross-country and show jumping in favor of the European three-star. “There is no other place in this hemisphere to gain exposure on the world stage,” said Payne about Rolex Kentucky. ” ‘Tali’ and I will no doubt come away from the experience stronger, more resilient and better prepared for Jersey, Saumur and beyond.”