Mark Todd (NZL) and Just a Mission

1990 Olympic Gold medallist Mark Todd from New Zealand won the dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event with 1996 Gold medallist Blyth Tait in second after the second day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event presented by Bayer.

Todd rode the ten year old gray thoroughbred Just a Mission, by Just a Monarch out of Snow Faye VII, in a smooth and fluid test showing off his lovely extensions. Earlier, Blyth Tait and Welton Envoy took over the lead from Thursday's victor Kimberly Vinoski for a short time although all scores are close.

Todd pointed out during the press conference while commenting on the cross-country course that "This is not an event that will be won on the dressage." Looking forward to his return to New Zealand from England where he will retire from eventing after the Sydney Olympics, Mark Todd spoke of his plans to get more involved in racing and raising horses. Two other horses sold by Todd are also competing this weekend at the only CCI Four Star competition in America, Regal Scott ridden by Karen O'Connor and Mozart ridden by Great Britain's Aletta Nickles. "I told Karen I'd gladly take Regal Scott on cross country tomorrow and give her today's dressage score on my horse" Todd admitted as he acknowledged he has created some of his toughest competition.