Competitors at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships were up bright and early this morning for the final veterinary inspection. Horses and riders arrived at the jog lanes behind the Kentucky Horse Park steeplechase barn at 7:00, groomed and dressed in their best.
The jog started with the CH-J*. The first horse sent to the holding box for further inspection after the jog was Charlotte Evans’s 15 year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred mare, Mail Order Bride. Mail Order Bride was spun after her initial jog, and was re-jogged. The mare cantered a couple strides coming down the lane, and was not accepted to move on to stadium. The next horse to show a soundness issue was Nicole Doolittle’s10 year-old Warmblood mare, Utopia III. Utopia was sent to the holding box, and Nicole withdrew her from the event. In addition to the two horses withdrawn in the jog, Coleen Shaughnessy withdrew her 9 year-old Hanoverian gelding, Wynthrop.
The CH-Y** jog followed the CCI*. Luckily, all of the horses in the 2 star trotted up sound. The Young Rider Championships will commence and winners will be determined after the show jumping phase today.