Three horses were held at the Sunday morning horse inspection, April 27, at Rolex Kentucky. Bonner Carpenter’s Acapulco Jazz and Waylon Roberts’ Paleface were held by the ground jury of Martin Plewa, Nick Burton and Jo Young, and neither horse passed upon re-inspection.
Hugh Knows was also held, and Karen O’Connor chose not to re-present him. He was standing 27th.
Additionally, Heidi White did not present Northern Spy, who was in 31st place. Although White finished the course yesterday, she reportedly broke her arm in her fall at the final water complex and could not ride today.
Paleface was in 18th place and Carpenter was in 20th, and with Emilee Libby’s retirement on cross-country yesterday, there will be no young rider completing the event this year.
There was more drama as Kyle Carter jogged an excited Madison Park back toward the ground jury. The 17-hand Thoroughbred got out of hand and slipped and fell on the pavement. He jumped right up, covered on his left side by stonedust, and walked back to the barn after Carter carefully examined him. There was a wait for Becky Holder and Courageous Comet as more stonedust was placed on the road, but Comet looked fit and relaxed and passed with flying colors.
Bonnie Mosser’s Merloch took a misstep as he trotted down the lane and pulled off his right front shoe, but veterinarian Catherine Kohn ran out to tell Mosser she didn’t need to jog him back, and he was accepted as Mosser went to meet the farrier.