Only two of James Alliston’s three mounts will advance to show jumping this afternoon after Tivoli was held and then spun by the Rolex Kentucky ground jury. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood was Alliston’s highest-placed horse, standing ninth after cross-country.
What’s better than being in the lead after cross-country at Rolex Kentucky? Sitting in first and second with a rail in hand—the position that New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson took over after jumping double clears on Quimbo (38.0) and Calico Joe (40.8).
Several riders chose not to run Derek di Grazia’s cross-country track at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.
Phillip Dutton, after riding around double clear on Fernhill Eagle, said he would scratch Mighty Nice. However, he later changed his mind and decided to run. “Happy” was 24th after dressage with 57.0 penalty points.
"[I] have reconsidered my decision [and] will run Mighty Nice [cross-country] after all," said Dutton on his Facebook page. "The weather has held out, the footing is perfect and he's fit and ready."
Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt found himself in a familiar position at the conclusion of dressage at Rolex Kentucky, as he took over the lead with Chilli Morning (33.3) ahead of Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand on Quimbo (38.0) and Calico Joe (40.8).
Jennie Brannigan announced the withdrawal of Cambalda from competition at Rolex Kentucky in a post on her Facebook page.
Cambalda was injured in a fall on concrete after getting loose while lunging on April 25, and while Brannigan and her support staff worked to get him comfortable, they made the decision that the horse's welfare dictacted withdrawal.