The first jog is history, the first day of dressage is nearly finished – at this moment they have fewer than ten tests remaining with Friday’s schedule rounding out the 60 combinations still in the running. Yesterday, 62 horse & rider combinations presented for the first veterinary inspection. Five were held, three passed on re-presentation, one was spun and one was a voluntary withdrawal by the rider.
Jan Byyny and Will Faudree each received a pair of the iconic Dubarry Boots, the first awards to be presented at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover.
At Spindle Top Hall on Wednesday evening, Danny Hulse announced the Dubarry Style Award winners and presented to Jan and Will their Dubarrys as best-dressed female and male riders whose horses received the ground jury’s nod at the first horse inspection, which took place on Wednesday afternoon.
Will Faudree, looking very dapper in black tie and tux, jogging Pawlow en route to winning the Dubarry Style Award and a pair of Dubarry boots. photo © Elisabeth Harpham – equidigital.com
FYI - Helen Sproat, chief outrider for Rolex since 1978 and the person who has coordinated the outriders, mostly foxhunters, for pretty much all that time, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Welcome Reception last night.
“The outriders are a wonderful group and they come back year after year – I can’t tell you how fond I am of them,” said Mrs. Sproat, who outrode until she retired her last fox hunting horse in the ‘90s. She also admits that her great love is eventing, especially the cross-country: she competed in two Preliminary horse trials before hanging up her tack. “I put people in place at Rolex to oversee an area and I have very responsible people. Their main job in the early morning is to outride with whistles and keep the course clear, work with the jump personnel through the day, and be ready if something happens. They are also ambassadors of sport – the competing horses go by so fast – and people can’t get enough of the horses. We like our job.”
The Welcome Reception for owners, riders, trainers, and sponsors is a Rolex tradition, held at the historic Spindletop Hall near the Kentucky Horse Park. The annual drawing among the competitors for a Rolex watch was won by Kristin Schmolze, Califon, NJ. So far no rider has won the drawing and Rolex in the same year. As title sponsor, Rolex awards a Rolex to the winner of the CCI**** on Sunday at the conclusion of the show jumping.
Visit the official site for the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, and follow the action on Sidelines.