Lexington, Ky.â€”April 23
It was all bright blue skies and green grass for the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, but for a few riders who found their weekend ended today, the setting might have looked a bit darker.
Ellen Doughtyâ€™s Sir Oberon wonâ€™t contest dressage here at Rolex Kentucky after being held and then spun at the first jog.
â€ś ‘Obieâ€™ got a heel grab at Red Hills six weeks ago and still isn’t quite right,â€ť said Doughty, whoâ€™s also getting married this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park, on her Facebook page. â€śHe felt amazing in my two lessons with [David Oâ€™Connor, U.S. eventing chef dâ€™equipe], but on the hard ground he was still not quite right. Devastated, but glad it is nothing major, and with a bit more time we’ll be back to 100 percent.â€ť
Five horses in total were heldâ€”Canadian Kyle Carterâ€™s ride Madison Park, Laine Ashkerâ€™s Anthony Patch, Katie Freiâ€™s Houdini, James Allistonâ€™s Parker and Doughtyâ€™s Sir Oberon.
Ashker opted to withdraw â€śAlâ€ť from the holding box, citing the horseâ€™s hoof abscess online, while the other three passed upon reinspection. Canadaâ€™s Jessica Phoenix didnâ€™t present Exponential at this first inspection.
A few additional horses were sent to jog twice without being held, including Sinead Halpinâ€™s Manoir de Carneville, who kicked up his heels both times down the lane. James Allistonâ€™s Parker went down and back the strip three times in total, with the fit horse giving his rider a tough time each trip, including pushing him into the flowers.
Dressage begins tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with Buck Davidson aboard Park Trader. Lynn Symansky will do the test ride with Donner at 9:30.
Make sure to check out the full gallery of jog photos to see which colors (hint: pink was one, and not just for the women) and styles were in vogue today.