The other riders tried to get close to him—him being Germany’s Michael Jung, who won yesterday’s Rolex Kentucky CCI**** dressage with 34.4 penalties—all day.
Marilyn Little and RF Demeter, who went before the lunch break on Day 2, earned 42.5 penalties and closed the gap slightly. But it took the last rider of the day, Allison Springer on Arthur, to get even remotely close with a 39.7.
If you'd placed a bet before dressage started at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, you’d probably have chosen Michael Jung on fischerRocana FST to win the day. But leading with a nearly 10-point margin on 34.4 penalties? Well, you might not have expected quite that result.
Two of Isabell Werth’s top horses, Don Johnson FRH and Bella Rose 2, won’t vie for a spot on the German team at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Don Johnson didn’t compete at this year’s Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final (Sweden) due to an injury he sustained immediately before, and Bella Rose’s last competition was the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (France). There she was Germany’s highest score for team gold.
Grass Valley, a four-star horse competed by New Zealand’s Mark Todd and more recently by Brazil’s Gabriel Cury, was euthanized after breaking his feltlock on cross-country at the Belton Horse Trials CIC*** in Great Britain.
According to Horse & Hound, the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Legal Pressure—Connaught Gold, Clover Hill), sustained the injury on a corner after a big table at fence 7ab.
Charlie Jayne’s top grand prix mount Chill RZ will now compete with young rider Eve Jobs. The 13-year-old horse, who’s been owned by Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher, and Charlie have been a team for about five years now.
A video released on social media on March 30 shows French rider Penelope Leprevost’s mount, Vagabond de la Pomme, stumbling badly during warm-up for the second-to-last round of the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, on March 29. After his stumble, Leprevost stops him and appears to look down at his legs before booting him sharply forward.
Leprevost and the gelding went on to jump in both rounds on the last day of the final, where they finished eighth overall.
Most riders don’t agonize over photos and videos taken of an event they won. But even though Steve Guerdat topped last year’s Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final, the way he won it left him wanting more. During that final, Guerdat and Albfuehren’s Paille crashed through the final fence.