The show jumping for Rolex Kentucky kicks off with the first horse in the ring here at 12:50 p.m. You can follow along with our live commentary here throughout the class!
3:34 p.m. And that’s a wrap on Rolex Kentucky 2016. Be sure to check back at COTH.com here shortly for photos from the day, as well as quotes from the top riders.
3:32 p.m. Michael Jung has done it! He’s the winner of Rolex Kentucky CCI**** for the second year in a row with fischerRocana FST.
3:31 p.m. AND NOW. Our leader, Michael Jung on fischerRocana FST.
He has plenty of rails in hand. Will he need any of them? That’s almost the bigger question now. He has fence 4a down. But he’s still doing fine.
They’re clear through fence 10. And 11… And the triple combination.
3:29 p.m. Now we have second-placed Phillip Dutton on Fernhill Fugitive. Can he hold second? Right now he’s fifth with Mighty Nice and sixth with Fernhill Cubalawn.
He ticks 7, and it stays up. He hits 8, and it stays too! They pull down 9 and 10! Lauren Kieffer is going to be second and Maya Black third. He also pulls fence 11…and c of the triple combination AND the last fence! He’ll end on 68.5 with 1 time penalty too. That’s a bummer for Phillip, and it’ll drop him to 13th.
3:27 p.m. Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair in the ring now… They could finish third if this goes well. Ah and he pulls fence 9. Cody otherwise jumping great and looking fresh. That’ll move Lauren up to third for now. They’re clear the triple… And the last! They’ll finish on 53.9 which can be no lower than fourth.
3:25 p.m. Boyd and Shamwari just tick fence 7, and it falls. That’ll move up Lauren and Veronica. He also pulls a rail at fence 8.
They pull one rail in the triple combination and the last fence. That’s 16 jumping faults and 2 time. That’ll move him way down.
3:23 p.m. Now we are into the top four, with Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 into the ring now.
3:20 p.m. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, currently in fifth, enter next. They’re on 51.5 penalties after cross-country.
Veronica’s looking good, fresh after yesterday’s test.
They tap 11, but it stays up. The triple combination stays up too! And they’re clear! They get just 1 time penalty for that round. That’ll leave here with 52.5 penalties, and she’s assured at least to be in the top five.
3:17 p.m. Now we have Buck Davidson on his highest-placed mount, Petite Flower. It’s a cool story with this mare, who was bred by Buck’s father, Bruce Davidson.
They give 9 a hard rub, but it stays up, and 10, and it falls. They also pull a of the triple combination, and they’ll finish on 61.9 penalties.
3:14 p.m. Sinead Halpin on Manoir de Carneville, or “Tate” in now. Fence 3 falls for her too! They pull fence 11 as well, but the triple goes well for them. And they finish on a score of 64.4 penalties.
3:11 p.m. Mark Todd, who obviously needs no introduction, now in with NZB Campino.
Even Toddy takes down fence 3. They’ll end on just those 4 though! They finish with a 60.4 penalties. That’ll be 11th for now.
3:08 p.m. Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF, the highest-placed of the Rolex rookies this year, are into the ring now. They are ninth right now with 56.5 penalties. They take down fence 3 and then fence 5 too.
And fence 7 falls too and then fence 10. They have some time and finish on 76.5 penalties. That’ll move them down several placings.
3:06 p.m. Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless are next into the ring.
This is another horse who’s not a classic jumper, but you can tell he’s trying hard to be careful…and succeeding so far! Ah and then he has fence 9 down. They finish with just those 4 penalties and end on 60.6 penalties! Will that been enough to have her in the top 10?
3:04 p.m. Jock Paget and Clifton Signature in the ring, and the have fence 1 down.
They also have a rail at fence 11. Tht’sll put them on a final score of 69.1 penalties.
3:01 p.m. Lynn Symansky comes in now with her “deer,” Donner.
They’re sitting in 14th at the moment with 62.6 penalties. She drops b of the double combination. They have b of the triple combination too and add 4 time. So they’ll end on 70.6 penalties.
2:58 p.m. Tim Bourke, riding for Ireland but based in the United States, enters with Luckaun Quality.
This horse is known as a little bit difficult ride, but he’s a phenom of a jumper. He does have the rail at fence 3 however. They finish on a score of 67.3 penalties thanks to just 1 time penalty.
2:55 p.m. Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect are up next.
Her horse is jumping with PLENTY of scope. They have the rail at fence 8 though. They add just those 4 penalties to finish on 70.4.
2:52 p.m. Now is Phillip Dutton on his third-placed mount, Mighty Nice. Phillip is also in second with Fernhill Fugitive.
They have fence 3 down. And then fence 9. They’ll finish with a score of 57.8 penalties thanks to those 8 jumping penalties. We’ll have to see where that puts him later.
2:50 p.m. Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot come in now. Hannah Sue had a bit of a bummer yesterday with taking down a frangible pin at fence 3 for 11 penalties and an otherwise super round. They’re starting in 19th.
That’s a clear round for her but with 2 time penalties!
2:47 p.m. Boyd Martin on Blackfoot Mystery in the ring now. He’s actually in 10th but going out of order because he has another higher-placed horse in Shamwari 4 to go later.
It’s pouring out there! They pull the rail at fence 9. That’ll finish them on a score of 59.6 penalties. We’ll see where that has them a bit later in the class…
2:43 p.m. Lauren Kieffer, riding Landmark’s Monte Carlo in HIS first four-star, are up next. They’re actually in seventh, but Lauren has two horses in the top 10 today.
They have the first fence down too! They have fence 5 down. He spooks a bit at fence 10 and has that rail down. They also pull 11. And take down A and B of the triple combination. They add 20 jumping faults to their score, and this will most definitely bump them down quite a bit in the standings.
2:41 p.m. James Alliston and Parker, sitting 20th, start next. They take down fence 1, like several other pairs have done today. You wouldn’t call Parker a traditional jumper, but he definitely gets it done. They take down fence 9 and then 11. They also take down A of the triple combination and a little time, 2 penalties. They finish on 85.8 penalties.
2:39 p.m. We’re back! With Buck Davidson and Copper Beech, who had a great cross-country trip for his first four-star yesterday.
They pull down fence 7. It’s started raining outside now, and we’d hoped it’d stay away today! He gets 3 time penalties and those 4 jumping, to finish on 75.9 penalties.
2:25 p.m. We’re on a short drag break now! We’ll be back soon with the top 20…
2:22 p.m. LCC Barnaby, ridden by Lillian Heard, come into the ring. They have the first fence down.
They also pull down fence 9, so those 8 jumping penalties for them.
2:20 p.m. Mexico’s Daniela Moguel and Cecilia are up next, and they’ll be the second-to-last before the drag break here. This is Daniela’s first four-star.
They have fence 9 and fence 11 down, and then they pull B of the triple combination too. They also pick up 2 time penalties to finish on a score of 86.5.
2:18 p.m. Now we have Doug Payne on Vandiver. They had a good round yesterday with just some time penalties.
They have just B of the triple combination and a bit of time, 4 penalties, to finish on 76.8.
2:16 p.m. Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato are jumping now, and they have a rail at fence 3, a vertical that is causing a fair number of problems. They also pull fence 5.
They pull B of the triple. So that’s 8 jumping and 5 time for them.
2:13 p.m. Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch, another very experienced four-star pair, head into the ring now.
They get a hard rub at 9, but they’re lucky enough to leave it up. And that’s a CLEAR for them! She’s grinning and waving at the crowd.
2:11 p.m. Sally Cousins and Tsunami are up next.
They have fence 3 down and 4b. They take down B of the triple combination and add 2 time to finish with 89.0 penalties.
2:08 p.m. Mackenna Shea and Landioso are in the ring now. She’s another younger rider looking for her first completion.
They have 4a down, but he jumps out over 5 super. They also pull down C of the triple combination and add 3 time penalties.
2:05 p.m. Phillip Dutton is going way out of order with Fernhill Cubalawn since he has all three of his horses in the top 10!
They have an akward approach to the last fence and just have that one down. They’l finish on 59.4 penalties.
2:03 p.m. Now we have another Rolex first timer pair, Avery Klunick with In It To Win It. They’re starting this phase on 76.3 penalties.
They have fence 3 down and then 4b and 5. He pulls fence 11. And they also take the very last down to finish on 96.3 penalties.
1:59 p.m. Leah Lang-Gluscic and AP Prime are in now. Leah is blogging for us this weekend.
They have the A of the triple combination down, but they finish with just those 4 penalties and 11 time penalties! They finish on 91.9 penalties.
1:57 p.m. Kyle Carter and his longtime partner Madison Park, 18, are in the ring now.
They have fence 5 down, which is proving a bogey fence today. They also have 10 down and the first part of the triple, and then the last fence. That’s 16 jumping penalties for them, and they finish on 94.7 penalties.
1:54 p.m. Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon come in next.
They get some rubs early on course, but are staying clear… They have C of the triple combination down but add just those 4 penalties.
1:52 p.m. Ryan Wood and McLovin are in the ring now. He has one rail early on course, and then he has fence 11 down too. He gets lucky as the rail bounces out of the cup in the final element of the triple, and then it drops back in! They finish on 91.4 penalties with those two rails.
1:49 p.m. Lillian Heard is going a bit out of order here with Share Option because she has two horses close together.
Whitey’s another who’s just jumping super well today. It’s another double-clear round! She’ll finish on her 77.4 penalties.
1:46 p.m. Kurt Martin and Delux Z, another four-star first timer pair, head in next. They’re starting on 80.6 penalties.
His horse is just jumping super. And that’s a double-clear round! Just the second one of the day. That was never really in question.
1:43 p.m. Liz Halliday-Sharp and HHS Cooley enter for their round, and they have fence 3 down and 4, and then fence 7. They also pull the final fence and earn 4 time. They finish on 100.8.
1:40 p.m. Barb Crabo and Eveready are in the ring now. She’s REALLY looking for a Rolex completion. They’ve been here a few times and had rotten luck each time.
They have the first rail down and then fence 6, 8 and 10 and 11 and part of the triple combination. They add 4 penalties for time too, but they finish on 106.9 penalties.
1:38 p.m. Bobby Meyerhoff and Dunlavin’s Token are in the ring now, and they have the first rail down and then fence 5 as well and then fence 10 and part of the triple combination. They finish up with a score of 101.0
1:35 p.m. Holly Payne Caravella and Santino head into the ring now. Holly was unfortunately spun with her second horse, Never Outfoxed, at this morning’s jog.
She has the rail at fence 3, and then another rail at fence 11. They finish on a score of 98.0
1:32 p.m. Sydney Elliot and Cisko A are next in the ring. He’s jumping huge over everything, and they have only the very last fence down!
1:30 p.m. Steady Eddie and Boyd Martin are the next pair. This little horse has a cool story; he was a race horse in Australia.
They have the rail at fence 7, but the horse is otherwise jumping very nicely. They also have C of the triple down, and then he has a very awkward jump over the last and pull that too.
1:28 p.m. Allison and Arthur in next. They had that great second-placed finish in dressage but picked up a stop and time yesterday. They have the rail at fence 3, but then they nearly crash through fence 6. They continue on though! They also have the rail at fence 9. He has A and B of the triple combination and 4 time penalties, and they finish on a score of 116.1.
1:24 p.m. Crowd favorite Bunnie Sexton is starting her round with Rise Against with a big smile. They start show jumping on 94.4 penalties.
He looks fresh today! They have the A of the triple combination, and are otherwise clear! She looks sooo happy though.
1:21 p.m. Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me are up next for Canada.
She has three rails down, but she must be thrilled with a completion at her first Rolex! They also add 3 time penalties.
1:18 p.m. Katie Ruppel and Houdini are next in.
They have fence 2 down. They pull fence 10 as well. They have the 8 jumping and 7 time in this phase, and they’ll finish on 116.9 penalties.
1:14 p.m. Ryan Wood and Fernhill Classic head in next for Australia.
They have the first fence down and then B of the double combination and another fence down right after that at 5. They have fence 11 down. They finish with those four rails.
1:11 p.m. Ashley Johnson and Tactical Maneuver head in next. They had a slow clear on cross-country yesterday and are starting with 101.9 penalties. He pulls B of the double combination. They also have the rail at 10. They finish with those 8 jumping penalties.
1:08 p.m. Park Trader and Buck Davidson coming down the ramp now. Buck was a bit bummed about his cross-country stop on Park Trader becuase he really felt he caused it.
He’s definitely jumping great today, and he looks strong! They have the triple bar down. They have A of the triple combination and the C, and they get 1 time penalty.
1:05 p.m. Now is another Kiwi, Blyth Tait on Xanthus III. Joe is based here, and Blyth actually came from Great Britain for this event.
His horse is looking fresh and jumping well, and they make it around double-clear! They’ll finish on their 108.5 from cross-country.
1:04 p.m. Now we have Joe Meyer on Clip Clop for New Zealand.
They pull the second fence down. They’re rubbing about everything, but they’re mostly staying up! Fence 7 falls. And then fence 9 as well.
They also pull the last rail of the triple at 12. That’s 4 time and 16 jumping penalties.
12:59 p.m. Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star head in next. They’re starting this phase on 124.5 penalties. And they’re clear! But with 6 time penalties.
Courtney Cooper and Who’s A Star. Photo by Lisa Slade.
12:56 p.m. Next up will be Elinor MacPhail on RF Eloquence. They come in on 130.4 penalties. This is her second Rolex, and she’s looking for her first completion this year.
She has the rail at fence 7 and then at fence 9. Ah, and the last fence down. So that’s 12 jumping, to finish on 144.4 penalties.
12:54 p.m. Great Britain’s Panda Christie and Little Leo in now. They’re starting on 160.5 penalties.
They have two down with 5 time penalties, and they’ll finish on 173.4.
12:50 p.m. Novelle heading down the ramp right now. They’re starting this phase on 179.1 penalties.
They have one rail coming out of the double combination, but they only add those 4 penalties.
12:47 p.m. The state anthem of Kentucky being sung right now. They’re jumping in reverse order of placing, so the first horse on course today is Novelle ridden by Angela Grzywinski.
12:30 p.m. The jog didn’t hold too much drama today, with leader Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST sailing through, in addition to Phillip Dutton and his second- and third-placed horses, Fernhill Fugitive and Mighty Nice. Check out a full jog report here, and a gallery of photos.
Michael Jung’s fischerRocana FST. Photo by Lisa Slade.