Jolie Wentworth, of Crockett, Calif., announced April 15 that she is expecting her first child in late September, and she will withdraw from competition in the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** event.
Wentworth, who was set to compete Tracy Bowman’s Goodknight April 23-27 in Lexington, knows how hard it can be getting to Rolex or any four-star. However, after doctors termed her pregnancy high-risk earlier this week, she feels it is in the best interest of her situation to withdraw from Rolex.
“My husband David and I are thrilled to become first time parents, and although I am disappointed to not be taking Goodknight to Rolex, I know that there will be other events in my equestrian career, and need to ensure the health of my baby, and myself at this time,” she said in a statement.
“ ‘Ari’ is a very special horse, and he feels better than ever right now, so not taking him to Rolex was a hard choice. In a way, I feel a bit as if I am letting him down, but I am hopeful there will be other opportunities to come for the two of us, and we will aim to return to Rolex with him in 2015,” she continued.