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Rolex Kentucky

April 29, 2012

Five Fewer Will Advance To Final Phase At Rolex Kentucky

Only 27 horses will advance to show jumping at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** this afternoon.

Two riders—Sara Kozumplik (Manolo Blahnik, 27th) and Marilyn Little-Meredith (RF Rovano Rex, 10th)—withdrew before this morning’s final horse inspection.

The ground jury held four horses for re-inspection: both of Michael Pollard’s mounts, Wonderful Will (28th) and Icarus (19th), Heather Morris’ Slate River (13th) and Barb Crabo’s Eveready (29th).

April 28, 2012

Fox-Pitt Flies Into The Lead At Rolex Kentucky

April 28—Lexington, Ky.

William Fox-Pitt had the luxury of a noon cross-country ride time with Parklane Hawk, so he made sure to get up nice and early to watch.

“I was out there on course waiting to see the first few experts show us how to do it, and when they didn't get to me, I thought, ‘This isn’t a very good start,’ ” he admitted.

April 27, 2012

Springer Seizes The Rolex Kentucky Lead

April 27—Lexington, Ky.

Allison Springer has been trying to win Rolex Kentucky with Arthur for years, but in their fifth start in the CCI**** together, she’s changing her tune.

April 26, 2012

Martin Takes The Early Lead At Rolex Kentucky

April 26—Lexington, Ky.

Boyd Martin knows as well as anyone that Rolex Kentucky is no dressage competition, but it’s still a nice way to start your weekend by winning the first phase on the first day. He trotted into the Thursday lead aboard Remington XXV on 45.3 ahead of Karen O’Connor on Veronica (47.8) and Andrew Nicholson on Calico Joe (48.7).

April 26, 2012

James C. Wofford Walks The Rolex Kentucky Cross-Country Course

The two-time Rolex Kentucky winner explains the challenges of riding the 2012 course.

I continue to be impressed by Derek di Grazia’s course design. These days I call him “the Bert de Nemethy” of cross-country course design. By that, I mean that his courses are slightly smaller, slightly narrower and appear slightly easier than what international riders expect.

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