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As It Happens: Rolex Kentucky Show Jumping

Lexington, Ky. - April 25

It's Rolex Kentucky Sunday here at the Kentucky Horse Park, so you know what means...show jumping day! We'll kick off the action at 1:00 pm EDT, as Amanda Wilson and Cool Decision head into the ring. Follow along with the action here, and make sure to refresh often so you don't miss a thing! 



Lexington, Ky. – April 25

It’s Rolex Kentucky Sunday here at the Kentucky Horse Park, so you know what means…show jumping day! We’ll kick off the action at 1:00 pm EDT, as Amanda Wilson and Cool Decision head into the ring. Follow along with the action here, and make sure to refresh often so you don’t miss a thing! 

New Zealand’s Tim Price on Wesko leads, but he has little breathing room over German phenom Michael Jung on La Biosthetique Sam FBW. See the scores and ride times. Live video is on USEF Network.


1. Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST

2. Tim Price and Wesko

3. Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW

4. William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero

5. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn

Make sure to check back at this website later for a full report from the day and quotes from the winners!

3:14 pm: Tim Price and Wesko

And now Tim does have have a few time penalties in hand but no rail. 

Tim has one vertical down, and that’ll drop him down to second place. Michael Jung is your Rolex Kentucky winner! 

3:10 pm: Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW

Michael Jung is already confirmed third on FischerRocana FST, but he has the potential to be higher with Sam…

The scores are SO tight here at the top. If Michael jumps clear, Tim can’t even afford a single time fault. 

BUT Michael has the last rail of the triple combination! That’ll move his mare up one position. 

And another rail for Sam! He finishes with the 8 jumping faults on 44.7 penalties. Michael’s giving Sam plenty of pats for the effort. 

3:08 pm: William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero

William of course being last year’s Rolex winner with this Bay My Hero. He returns today in the fourth-placed position after having some time penalties on cross-country. 

This pair puts in a double-clear that’s never really in doubt. They’ll stay on 46.9 penalties. 

3:05 pm: Bill Levett and Improvise 

Bill and Improvise start this phase in fifth on 48.6 penalties. 

They have the second and third elements of the triple combination down. And then another oxer down as well. He finishes on 60.6

3:02 pm: Boyd Martin and Master Frisky

Boyd is the highest-placed US rider after cross-country, sitting sixth. He admitted the horse is a bit of an inconsistent show jumper, and he was worried about today!

He has the first and last rails of the triple combination, no time penalties, and that’ll drop him down a few places with that 56.6 penalties. 

2:59 pm: Will Coleman and Obos O’Reilly

Will Coleman won a Land Rover lease yesterday! He was the US rider closest to optimum time. 

This is Oboe’s first four-star. He has down the back rail of one oxer but then jumps the rest clear! They finish on 56.6 

2:56 pm: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Cubalawn

PD and Cuba are eighth after cross-country with 54.1 penalties. 

Phillip gives the gelding a perfect ride, and they jump clear! They’ll stay on that 54.1 

2:53 pm: Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights

Covert Rights was the best-placed US horse after dressage, and he jumped clear with time yesterday. Colleen bred “CR.”

He has down the first fence and then another vertical. That’ll finish her on 62.3, and she drops down two places to 11th. 

2:52 pm: Nicola Wilson and Annie Clover

A bit of a tense moment when this horse was held this morning, but she passed on the reinspection. 

And they pick up a double clear for Great Britain! 

2:49 pm: Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless

Yet another Rolex rookie who had a super clear yesterday. They have down the second fence, an oxer, and then both rails of the double combination. They also pull the first of the triple, another vertical, and they’re done with 78.0 penalties. That’ll drop them down to 18th. 


2:46 pm: Lynn Symansky and Donner

Lynn was clear over the fences yesterday, and was another extremely wild animal at this morning’s jog. He has down the second element of the double, but they leave up the rest of the fences. She’s done on 67.5 penalties. 

2:42 pm: James Alliston and Parker

Parker was excited at the jog this morning! He ran James off the lane a few times. He’s not looking any less fresh jumping right now. 

They’re sitting 14th after cross-country, and they were another pair with a double-clear trip yesterday. 

One vertical comes down and the last oxer, so they finish on 72.6 penalties.

2:39 pm: Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST

They’re going out of order since Michael has TWO horses in the top three placings. This mare is in third on 39.3. 

“Rocana” is such a tidy jumper. This could also be a hunter round! 

They are, of course, double clear. Michael’s guarunteed at least third now. 

2:37: Buck Davidson and Petite Flower

Buck had a great round on this little mare yesterday, just some time penalties. Flower is definitely not looking spent today…

And they get another double clear! That’s just our third today at this point. They finish on 68.0.  

2:35 pm: Holly Payne and Never Outfoxed

This pair finishes with three rails down. That’ll have them on a score of, and they’ll move down to 20th place. 

2:31 pm: Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Fly Me Courageous

They were 18th after cross-country. They have the first rail of the double down and another vertical, and then rattle a few more but keep them up. They just add the 8 jumping penalties for a score of 79.3. 

2:28 pm: Tim Bourke and Luckaun Quality

They were in 19th after cross-country. They end up with one rail down and 2 time penalties. 

2:27 pm: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive

Another rider going out of order because of multiple mounts. 

They jump a lovely clear as well! That’ll keep them on their 59.3 after cross-country. 

2:24 pm: Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz

Colleen and Shiraz had one of the six double-clears on yesterday’s track. They’re starting in 13th, with Colleen going out of order since she has two horses in the top 15. 

They have the two rails down in the double, but are clear the triple. They finish with just those two down, on a score of 68.3! 

2:20 pm: Austin O’Connor and Balham Houdini

Ireland’s Austin is in 20th after cross-country, and he pilots Houdini to a masterful double-clear! It’s only the second of the day so far. 

2:18 pm: Cody Sturgess and Imperial Melody

OK now we have Cody going out of order after the horse lost a shoe in the warm-up earlier. 

They have eight rails, finishing on a score of 99.9 penalties.

1:59 pm: Boyd Martin and Crackerjack

Boyd gave Crackerjack a masterful ride around the horse’s first four-star yesterday. He said the gelding tired slightly about halfway through the course, so they coasted home with some time. They start show jumping in 21st. 

They pull down two verticals, finishing on 87.7.

1:57 pm: Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair

Another Rolex first-timer here! Maya and her little mount jumped clear with just time yesterday. 

Doesn’t Play Fair is jumping super, doesn’t look tired at all. 

He has just the first rail in the triple down and another vertical, and they finish on 84.3 penalties.

1:54 pm: Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate

They had a slower clear yesterday. Pirate still looks plenty fresh! They have one down and 2 time, finishing on 83.0. That’ll hold their position. 

1:50 pm: Kristin Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken

They have the first rail of the double down, and then the horse almost slides into the second element of triple, taking that rail down. They also pull the last.


They finish with the two down and 7 time as well. That’ll finish them on 100.6 penalties. 

1:45 pm: Buck Davidson and The Apprentice

The Apprentice is jumping huge this afternoon, really lofting up over the fences! He has one rail down and then stops into the second element of the triple. The second time through, he pulls two rails of the triple. 

They have 14 time and then the stop and 24 jumping penalties. Their finishing score is 113.8, and that’ll drop them down some places.

1:42 pm: Erin Sylvester and No Boundaries

Another pair with the first fence down. No Boundaries was extremely nervous in the stadium for dressage on Friday.

They have the first rail of the triple down as well, and the second-to-last and last fences down. She finishes with 1 time penalty, and overall score of 100.0. 

1:40 pm: Bunnie Sexton and Rise Against

Bunnie had a lovely clear with just time on yesterday’s big track. It’s the first four-star for her and her horse. Bunnie’s been the happiest person on the grounds all weekend! 

She has just one rail down, finishing on a score of 87.4. 

1:37 pm: Nicola Wilson and Watermill Vision 

Great Britain’s Nicola is in 32nd place after cross-country with this horse. It’s the horse’s first four-star, and Nicola was quite happy with his round yesterday despite picking up one stop. 

She has one rail early on course and then the horse misjudges the distance at the last and they have that one down as well. They finish on 92.2 penalties. 

1:35 pm: Lizzie Snow and Coal Creek

They have three rails down and it’s a completion for Lizzie in her first four-star!

1:33 pm: Lillian Heard and Share Option

Share Option is jumping beautifully for Emily, and they finish with a lovely faultless round. She stays on 85.6 penalties!

1:30 pm: Anna Collier and Gleaming Road

This horse is looking very fresh! She has the first and second rails in the double combination and then two additional rails too. They finish on 108.4 and drop two places on that score. 

1:27 pm: Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda

They had a bit of a bummer day yesterday, picking up 20 penalties and some time in the Head of the Lake. She has one rail down and 1 time penalty, but you know she’s thrilled with that completion. 

1:24 pm: Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch

They’re going out of order, in front of Cody Sturgess as his horse has thrown a shoe, and they’re fixing it now. Laine’s in 33rd after cross-country. 

Aaaand that’s our first clear round! She did pick up a time penalty, but she was clear over the fences. 

1:22 pm: Dana Widstrand and Relentless Pursuit 

This pair in 40th after cross-country. Another one with the first rail down! She has the first rail of the triple down, and then the horse stops at the second element. The second time through, Relentless Pursuit stops at the C element, and they are sadly eliminated. 

1:20 pm: Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato

Jordan starts out this phase in 37th place. She doesn’t have the first rail down! But she does pick up four rails along the course and 3 time penalties, finishing on 136.3.

1:17 pm: Allie Blyskal Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio

They also have the first down, and then five additionals rails as well. They finish on a score of 141.4 penalties, but Allie’s looking absolutely thrilled for her first Rolex completion. 

1:14 pm: Robert Meyerhoff and Dunlavin’s Token

Bobby’s 43rd after cross-country with this horse; they had 20 jumping penalties and some time yesterday. 

He has the first fence down, and the first fence in the triple combination for 8 jumping penalties and some time. They finish on a score of 151.2. 

1:08 pm: Ellen Doughty-Hume and Sir Oberon

The horse looks backed off by the stadium, gets a super tight spot to the second and kind of slides through and over the fence. They have four rails down overall and 2 time penalties. 

1:05 pm: Angela Grzywinski and Novelle

Two rails down for this pair, and Angela looks happy with that! The crowd is pretty excited right now; they’re cheering and clapping after almost every fence. 

1:00 pm: Amanda Wilson and Cool Decision

A bit of a rough round for this pair, and they have down 10 rails and some time and finish on a score of 201.6. 

12:40 pm: In case you missed it, there was a fair amount of excitement at this morning’s jog. 

Tim Price Wesko

(Tim Price’s Wesko was looking fresh, and they easily sailed through the inspection.)




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