Lexington, KY - Competition began at the Lexington International CSI 2*, part of the Split Rock Jumping Tour, with 60 horses representing 12 countries being presented before the Ground Jury, on the beautiful showgrounds at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, KY.
The horse inspection is a chance for the ground jury of Leslie Brown (USA), Jose Gamarra (BOL) and Monica Gomez Su (MEX), with the input of FEI Veterinary Delegate Richard Wheeler (USA), to see the horses and determine if they appear fit and sound to start the competition. All 60 were passed on to compete in the week's classes.
Todd Minikus aboard Lord Calador, owned by Melissa Bilodeau, won the $2,500 VisitLex 1.40 M Speed in a blazing 56.807 seconds. Minikus was the first rider in the ring and showed why he is a speed expert, as none of the other competitors could come close to his time. Olivia Chowdry and Atlas Equine Holdings' Chuck Berry 8 placed second with a time of 59.597 seconds. Posh, owned by Victoria Watters and Theo Genn took home top honors in the Halway Feeds $1,000 1030 M Speed class. Genn bested a field of 35 entries to claim the top spot in a time of 52.405 seconds. Their closest challenge was from Ireland's Darragh Kerins with Vif Alia, owned by Samantha Rice. They completed the course in 55.582 seconds for second place.