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Rolex Kentucky

April 29, 2016

Di Grazia Explains Key Combinations On The Rolex Cross-Country Course

With 29 numbered obstacles and more than 40 jumping efforts, this year’s Rolex Kentucky CCI**** course is as big and bold as ever.

An optimum time of 11 minutes and 15 seconds at a speed of 570 meters per minute over 6400 meters, Derek Di Grazia’s course will prove tough, and those that aren't accurate, bold and fit might struggle.

We took a walk with Di Grazia, now in his sixth year of designing at Rolex, to learn more about some of the key combinations.

The Head Of The Lake

April 29, 2016

Springer Mounts A Challenge, But Jung Remains On Top At Rolex

Lexington, Ky.—April 29

 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. 

April 29, 2016

#Winning The Rolex Kentucky "Ride The Course"

As Day 1 of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** came to a close, and the press conference with the day's leaders finished up, I zipped up my tall boots and adjusted my helmet.

I was about to go on a trail ride around the horse park with fellow equine media members, a Rolex sponsored course walk of sorts. This was purely a leisurely event, a little fun before the intense weekend really ratchets up.

April 29, 2016

As It Happens: 2016 Rolex Kentucky Dressage Day 2

Lexington, Ky.—April 28

The second day of dressage for the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** starts at 8:30 a.m. local time. 

April 28, 2016

Watch Why They Won: Rolex Kentucky Dressage Day 1

Almost 10 points. That's the kind of ridiculous lead German phenom Michael Jung has after Day 1 of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. He brought last year's winner, Fischerrocana FST, back to Kentucky to defend his title. Read all about dressage Day 1's action in the Chronicle's coverage.

And just how did Jung do it? Watch and learn what a 34.4 score (which translates into a 77.06 percentage!) looks like: 

April 28, 2016

No Surprise At Rolex: Jung Takes Day 1 Dressage Lead

Lexington, Ky.—April 28

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.

April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Stephen Bradley and Dr. Doolittle Conquered Rolex Kentucky 20 Years Ago

Stephen Bradley had a lot on his mind as he cantered down the centerline at the 1996 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Dr. Doolittle.

Having been eliminated after a cracking cross-country round at the Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** (England) the year before due to spur marks on Dr. Doolittle’s sides, Bradley needed to complete Rolex, then a CCI***, to show the U.S. selectors that they were worthy of the team for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

April 27, 2016

As It Happens: 2016 Rolex Kentucky Dressage Day 1

Lexington, Ky.—April 27

 The first day of dressage for the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** kicks off today at 8:30 a.m. local time.

April 27, 2016

The First Rolex Jog: Who Are You Wearing, And Where Did It Come From?

Lexington, Ky.April 27 

All 73 horses presented at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** passed the first horse inspection prior to dressage.

Three horses were held but passed on re-inspection: Ryan Wood’s Frankie, Liz Halliday-Sharp’s HHS Cooley and Matt Brown’s Super Sox BCF. Canada's Rachel McDonough didn’t present Irish Rhythm.

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