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May 1, 2016

Can't Wait To Get Back To Rolex Next Year

Blogger Leah Lang-Gluscic wrapped up her first completion of the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in 33rd place on her off-the-track Thoroughbred AP Prime after a show jumping round with one rail and 11 time faults. 

Her thoughts on the weekend? She knows what homework she has to do and she can't wait to get back to the Kentucky Horse Park next April!

May 1, 2016

An Early Morning On The Last Day

What's it like on the Sunday morning of the Rolex Kentucky CCI****? It's a start-in-the-dark kind of day!

Leah Lang-Gluscic and AP Prime had a great trip around the Kentucky Horse Park to complete their first four-star cross-country with no jumping penalities and just 14.8 time penalties to move up to 30th place going into the show jumping.

Here's Leah on Sunday morning:

And here are a few photos of Leah and AP Prime from cross-country day!

April 29, 2016

Dressage, Done. Bring It, Cross-Country!

Dressage = done, so Leah Lang-Gluscic and AP Prime are looking forward to the fun part of the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. Here's what Leah had to say about their dressage day, which saw them end up in 61st in the standings after a score of 62.1...

April 28, 2016

One Of Many Rolex Kentucky Course Walks

Leah Lang-Gluscic and AP Prime have a 9:58 a.m. ride time on Friday, April 28, so Leah spent quite a bit of time at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** today walking the cross-country course!

Did you miss Leah and AP's first set of blogs, about their journey to an arrival at the Rolex Kentucky event? See AP turned out, spiffed up for the jog, and more.

 

 

 

April 28, 2016

Tryon: Triumph Of American Design

Dear Rita,

I was both excited and intrigued to see the CDI*** at Tryon, N.C., appear on the FEI calendar this spring. Our country needs more international venues, and North Carolina lies conspicuously in the middle of our bi-annual migration between Florida and New Jersey. 

April 27, 2016

Rolex Has Begun!

COTH blogger Leah Lang-Gluscic is ready to start the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** with her off-the-track Thoroughbred AP Prime!

She's video blogging for the Chronicle all during the Rolex Kentucky week, sharing the behind-the-scenes fun with her off-the-track Thoroughbred, AP Prime! You can read her pre-Rolex Kentucky blogs here.

But here's Leah's pre- and post-report video from the first jog...

April 26, 2016

How To Make A Grand Prix Horse

Meet him at late 3 or early 4 years old. He’s keen-eyed and clever-looking, and he walks, trots and canters under saddle. He goes when you drive and whoas when you gather and mostly steers. He stands on the crossties and gets on the trailer and stands at the mounting block. He’s balanced and shiny and remarkably organized, with nice conformation and clean legs. You love him immediately, which is good, because two weeks later he’ll have kicked the stall and sliced his leg open, and grown an inch behind, and lost the capacity to turn right. Love him anyway.

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April 20, 2016

When Two Worlds Collide And It All Makes Sense

A black-and-white pinto American Saddlebred walks into the dressage ring at a Sinead Halpin clinic. Sounds like the start of a corny joke, doesn’t it?

It’s not. It’s exactly what happened at Antebellum Farm in Lexington, Ky., during four-star eventer Halpin’s two-day clinic on April 16-17. (You can see my stories about the clinic for the Chronicle here.)

April 14, 2016

Thoroughbreds Make Up One Third Of The Rolex Entries

I feel like I repeat myself a lot, but you guys. Thoroughbreds are awesome.

April 13, 2016

It’s Neither American, Nor Invitational, Anymore

Just before I headed to Miami Beach, Fla., to cover the Longines Global Champions Tour there, I wrote a quick Throwback Thursday story about Chris Kappler winning the $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational in 1995.