Our second day in Kentucky started wet and dreary, with forecasts of heavy thunderstorms and hail. The schedule was shortened up, with no lunch break and riders starting every 4 minutes. This enabled most rides to take place under hazy skies, moderate breezes and just wonderful conditions. The rain held off until about 30 minutes after the last ride, so it was a really great day.
The Rolex web site (rk3de.com) has the ride by ride summary of the day, I just have a bunch of photos to share with you. So look below for some of my best photos from Saturday’s Cross Country competition.
#12 Peter Atkins and Henry Jota Hampton over fence #6A, the Ducks.
Rider #17 over fence #4, the Covered Bridge. This would be Kyle Carter of Canada on Madison Park.
#24 Will Faudree on Pawlow over fence #23, the Keeper’s Brush.
#36, Boyd Martin on Remington XXV dropping into the Hollow, fence #21. This jump proved to be difficult for several riders, with three falls over the course of the day.
#41, Jonathan Paget of New Zeland on Clifton Promise over the first of the two Squirrels (fence #17).
#67, Tara Ziegler on Buckingham Place dropping into the water at #15B -the Head of the Lake.
#69, Oliver Townend of Great Britain on Ashdale Cruise Master over part C at the Head of the Lake. Just a few minutes later, he suffered a serious fall and was brought to the UK hospital. Reports say that thankfully both he and his horse are OK.
After the Cross Country we headed out to dinner, and returned to the park for the WEG Stadium Jumping Grand Prix Test event – only to find out that it had been canceled at the last minute. So I am sorry, but no stadium jumping pictures until we report back from phase 3.