In his first appearance at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* presented by Land Rover, Michael Jung claimed two spots on the podium for Germany and will take home a Rolex watch and $136,000.
The 32-year-old German rider jumped a double clear round on FischerRocana FST on a day when rails were falling, many and often, to take the overnight lead from New Zealand’s Tim Price and Wesko. He also claimed third place on La Biosthetique – Sam FBW, who won the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010.
Forty-six horses will take on Richard Jeffery's show jumping course in the Rolex arena this afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. Will Faudree withdrew Andromaque early this morning, as did Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Francis Whittington also opted not to present Easy Target, withdrawing him from the competition. Caitlin Silliman and Catch a Star were held, then opted to withdraw. All other horses were ultimately accepted, although several were held and represented, including Annie Clover, Bay My Hero, Catch a Star, Novelle, and Coal Creek.
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On a chilly, rain-soaked day of cross-country riding at the Kentucky Horse Park, the international horses proved they came to play, snagging the top five spots on the leaderboard.
Kiwi rider Tim Price made the trip from his home base in England count, jumping clear and inside the time on a keen-looking Wesko – one of only six double-clear rounds all day. Tim, who was tied for first with Michael Jung after dressage (36.3), admitted that he was concerned about the forecast for today’s weather.
Lexington, Ky., April 24, 2015— Tim Price of New Zealand and Michael Jung of Germany are the co-leaders after the dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. Price rode Wesko to a score of 36.3 just after 10:00 a.m., and then Jung—who won Thursday’s session on Fischerrocana FST—rode La Biosthetique Sam FBW to the same score just before 4:00 p.m.
Defending champions William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero scored 38.5 penalties to place third, starting two horses before Jung and Sam. Jung is now fourth on Fischerrocana FST (39.3).
Lexington, Ky., April 23, 2015—The last time Michael Jung rode at the Kentucky Horse Park, he won the individual gold medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. This year he’s back, with two horses, to ride for the first time at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and he took a commanding lead on the first day of dressage, scoring 39.3 on Fischerrocana FST.
On Friday, Jung, 32, will ride La Biosthetique Sam FBW, with whom he also won the 2012 Olympics, at 3:54 p.m.
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