Kings Temptress, ridden by Mary King, will head into show jumping at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** without a rail in hand ahead of the second-placed horse. Fortunately for King, she’ll also be sitting on that one—she's currently first and second aboard Kings Temptress and Fernhill Urco, respectively.
Kings Temptress and Mary King lead the way halfway through cross-country day at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. Fourth on course, King laid down the first double-clear go of the day. The last pair on course this morning, Hannah Sue Burnett and St. Barths, logged the only other fault-free effort of the pack.
Six of the 21 pairs who went this morning found a clear way around: Remington XXV and Boyd Martin, Tipperary Liadhnan and Kim Severson, Shiraz and Colleen Rutledge, Parker and James Alliston and Subway and Olivia Loiacono.
The year 2011 begins what will prove to be the Derek di Grazia era. The longtime course designer, Michael Etherington-Smith, has mentored Derek for the past three years, and this year Derek steps out onto the international stage with his first four-star design. I have walked the course, and it is not at all what I had expected. If I were in Derek’s shoes (and I’m glad I’m not), I would have designed a three-star course on steroids. I would have wanted the riders to handle my course easily, gain confidence in my designs and look forward to returning in other years.