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.
Only two of James Alliston’s three mounts will advance to show jumping this afternoon after Tivoli was held and then spun by the Rolex Kentucky ground jury. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood was Alliston’s highest-placed horse, standing ninth after cross-country.
What’s better than being in the lead after cross-country at Rolex Kentucky? Sitting in first and second with a rail in hand—the position that New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson took over after jumping double clears on Quimbo (38.0) and Calico Joe (40.8).
Several riders chose not to run Derek di Grazia’s cross-country track at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.
Phillip Dutton, after riding around double clear on Fernhill Eagle, said he would scratch Mighty Nice. However, he later changed his mind and decided to run. “Happy” was 24th after dressage with 57.0 penalty points.
"[I] have reconsidered my decision [and] will run Mighty Nice [cross-country] after all," said Dutton on his Facebook page. "The weather has held out, the footing is perfect and he's fit and ready."