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This week on the Podcast we recap the biggest event in the United States, which took place last week, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. USEA CEO Rob Burk reflects on the event as well as Second place finisher and USEF CCI4* Champion Lauren Kieffer and third place finisher Maya Black. And finally, Chairman of Selectors for the USEF, Bobby Costello, who will play a major role in determining who will represent the U.S. this summer at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, joins us with his thoughts on this very important selection trial.
Mill Spring, NC - May 3, 2016 - Jim and Bernadette Cogdell of The Fork International CIC */**/*** & Horse Trials announce the relocation of the event to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC, in 2017. One of the most prestigious Eventing competitions on the North American calendar, the Cogdells have made the decision to move locations in order to ensure that the popular event will continue at the same high level.
One of Karen O’Connor’s top eventing partners, Prince Panache, was euthanized this weekend due to complications of old age. “Nash” was 32.
The bay Thoroughbred gelding by Nickel King was imported to the United States in 1994, two years after winning the Windsor CCI2* in England. He was owned by O’Connor’s longtime supporter, Jacqueline Mars, and with her support Nash went on to become a mainstay of the U.S. eventing team through the 1990s and early 2000s.
Karen O'Connor and Nash with former U.S. Eventing Team Coach, Captain Mark Phillips. Brant Gamma Photo.
Tips and Tricks of the Trade is a new article series being provided through a partnership between Athletux and the USEA. This month's article comes from one of Allison Springer's working students, Jill Thomas, who has had extensive experience caring for some of the top horses in Springer's program.
As our competition season is in full swing, our horses are in the prime of their fitness work. As we all know, care of our event horses legs is very important, especially following gallops or cross-country.
It’s no wonder Michael Jung (GER) was the first rider to ever hold Olympic, European and World Championship titles at the same time; when he slings his leg over the saddle, he’s riding to win. Watch how he achieved a second consecutive victory at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event by an astonishing 13 points. Video coverage this weekend is courtesy of USEF Network, and you can watch even more on their website.
Defending champion Michael Jung cantered into the Rolex arena this afternoon with one prerogative: to win. And win he did taking down only one rail throughout an otherwise faultless round. Jung and his parent’s 11-year-old German Sport Horse Mare Fischerrocana FST (Itaugno XX x Rose II) had three rails in hand after an incredible trip around cross-country yesterday. He is now one of only three riders to have consecutive victories at this event, joining the ranks of Bruce Davidson and Kim Severson.
Fifty-five horses we’re presented to the Ground Jury this morning on the final day of competition at the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Unfortunately, one combination, Holly Payne Carvella and Never Outfoxed were sent to the hold box and were not accepted when re-presented. This pair was 19th after cross-county with no jump penalties.
Laine Ashker - the USEA vote for best dressed - and Anthony Patch.
Michael Jung (GER) and Fischerrocana FST (Itaugno XX x Rose II) absolutely blazed around Derek di Grazia’s four-star track here at the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover. As Jung described yesterday, he came here to win, and he’s well on his way to a second consecutive victory with an incredible twelve-point lead going into show jumping.
Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST.
Derek di Grazia has designed another impressive cross-country course this year at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. As usual, there is no lack of impressively big and tricky questions. With 29 fences, we expect spectators to be sprawling across the Kentucky Horse Park to see every angle. Check out this drone footage of the course, courtesy of Rolex Kentucky.
Despite an impressive effort by the rest of the field, Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST (Itaugno XX x Rose II) kept a tight grasp on their lead after the dressage portion of the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover. His lead shrank a bit today after some effective riding by many American pairs, but Brigitte and Joachim Jung’s mare still sits 5.4 points ahead of second.
At the lunch break after day two of dressage at the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, fifty-six pairs have performed their test and six of these have broken in to the top ten. Jacqueline Mars, Patrick White and Raylyn Farms’ RF Demeter, ridden by Marilyn Little, who currently sits in second place after a textbook round scoring a 42.50.
Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot.
To no one’s surprise, defending champion Michael Jung and his super mare Fischerrocana FST (Itaugno XX x Rose II) top the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event scoreboard after day one. The pair, who pulled 34th in the draw, performed their test in the second half of the day. The 11-year-old German Sport Horse, who is owned by Jung’s parents, Brigitte and Joachim Jung, was the first of the day to break into the 30s and established an eight-point lead ahead of the rest of the competitors.