And just like that their bid for the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (LRK3DE) is over.
Two horses did not pass the first inspection at the hallowed event in Lexington on Wednesday.
Of the 48 horses presented to the ground jury, represented by Christian Landholt (SUI), Sue Baxter (GBR), Jane Hamlin (USA) and veterinary delegate Karen Nyrop (USA), seven were held for reinspection. The jury determines if the horses appear fit and sound to start in the competition.
Caroline Martin’s Spring Easy (USA), Colleen Loach’s Qorry Blue D’ Argouges (CAN), Sara Gumbiner’s Polaris(USA), Alexandra Knowles’ Sound Prospec(USA) and Erin Sylvester’s Paddy The Caddy (USA) were sent to the holding box by the jury, but accepted upon re-inspection.
Sylvester’s second mount, Mettraise, did not pass re-inspection and will not contest this week’s four star event.
Joe Meyer, of New Zealand, withdrew his mount, Johnny Royale, after being held.
Forty-six competitors move forward for today’s dressage phase, which will run over two days leading into Saturday’s thrilling cross-country phase and Sunday’s show jumping finale.
The LRK3DE will also host a $225,000 Invitational Grand Prix on Saturday, April 28 after the completion of the cross-country phase as well as a $35,000 1.45m FEI ranking class on Friday, April 27, following the completion of the CCI’s dressage competition.
All phases of “the best weekend of the year” and both rounds of the Kentucky Invitational CSI3* are available live on USEFNetwork.com.