Ever wanted to go behind the scenes at Rolex Kentucky? We gave a video camera to Chronicle bloggers Sinead Halpin and her awesome groom Meg Kepferle and asked them to document their weekend. Here are the hilarious results.
Thirty-nine horses completed the cross-country yesterday, but only 37 will go on to today’s show jumping. Third-placed Phillip Dutton withdrew Mr. Medicott before the second horse inspection, and Colleen Rutledge, who was in 23rd with Shiraz, withdrew her mount from the holding box.
One other horse—Marilyn Little’s RF Smoke On The Water—was held but then passed upon reinspection.
As the afternoon wound down today, Allison Springer watched the wind pick up and the temperature drop. The stands slowly filled with spectators despite the on-and-off rain. The notoriously spooky Arthur was “wild,” as Springer said, during their lunchtime prep ride.
But the day went their way anyway. Arthur trotted down the ramp into the Rolex Stadium, and he kept his focus 100 percent of the time—picking up a score of 39.5 penalties for a comfortable lead over second-placed William Fox-Pitt on Bay My Hero. Lauren Kieffer, at her second Rolex, is third on 46.7.
Event riders have always expressed their love of color on cross-country day (much to George Morris' chagrin!), but some eventers have started tastefully encorporating their colors into their dressage gear as well. Check out some examples of that and a few of this year's other trends, including Micklem bridles, rubber bits and sporty shads, spotted in the dressage ring at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.
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 Doughty’s Sir Oberon won’t contest dressage here at Rolex Kentucky after being held and then spun at the first jog.
Beezie Madden won the 2005 $200,000 Budweiser American Invitational and the 2007 version of the same class with her now-retired Authentic. So pulling up to this year’s version, the $200,000 American Invitational in Miami? It made her a little nostalgic.
“I have to say, I always kind of miss Authentic when we come here,” she said. “He loved this class.”