More than 2,500 fans watched eagerly at 8:30 a.m. as the Ground Jury for the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, evaluated the fitness to continue of the horses that had completed the previous day’s cross-country phase.
Members Ernst Topp of Germany, Sandy Phillips of Great Britain and Andrew Bennie of New Zealand accepted 54 of the 55 horses their riders presented to continue to the show jumping phase this afternoon.
The Ground Jury did not accept Never Outfoxed, ridden by Holly Payne Caravella, who had been standing in 19th place.
The Ground Jury held three additional horses and accepted them on re-inspection—Shamwari 4 (Boyd Martin), Madison Park (Kyle Carter of Canada) and HHS Cooley (Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp).
In addition, one horse was not presented to the Ground Jury—Courage Under Fire (Katherine Coleman).
Show jumping begins at 12:50 in the Rolex Arena.
Known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 28–May 1.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover is the nation’s premier Three-Day Event and one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI), the world’s governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Rolex Kentucky Three–Day Event as a four-star eventing competition, the highest designation, which is given only to the World Championships and six annual events around the world. “Rolex Kentucky” is the only four-star event in the Western Hemisphere.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, May 8, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT. USEFNetwork.com will livestream the competition in its entirety live as it happens and will also have the coverage available on demand. FEITV.org will also livestream the event internationally.
Equestrian Events, Inc. is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that evolved into the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover.