2012 Rolex Kentucky – Friday, April 27

September 13th, 2012 1:25 PM | Comments Off on 2012 Rolex Kentucky – Friday, April 27
 Dressage, Day Two and Reining CRI3*

by Sarah

Allison Springer and Arthur at Rolex 2012

Allison Springer’s dressage ride.
Margaret MacGregor/MacMillan Photography

The competition and the feeling in the Park really stepped up today. The audience for dressage seemed larger this year and the riders rewarded those crowds with some fantastic scores. The weather was perfect horse show weather, sunny and pleasantly cool. That, plus some great auxiliary events, made the atmosphere at the park today feel buoyant and excited.

William Fox-Pitt was the first rider today to make a splash when he and Parklane Hawk upset yesterday’s leader board with a score of 43.1. He didn’t get to keep his first-place status long. Allison Springer and Arthur bested his score by a point and a half, scoring a 39.8. It was enough to put them on top, where they remained at the end of dressage competition. Karen O’Connor bested her own score from yesterday (riding Veronica) on her second horse Mr. Medicott, giving her two places on the top 10 list. Yesterday’s top three stayed in the top ten, with almost nine points separating first and tenth place. Results after the completion of dressage are as follows:

First – ARTHUR/Allison Springer
Second – PARKLANE HAWK/William Fox-Pitt(GBR)
Third – LOUGHAN GLEN/Clark Montgomery
Fourth – MR. MEDICOTT/Karen O’Connor
Fifth – CLIFTON PROMISE/Jonathan Paget (NZL)
Sixth – REMINGTON XXV/Boyd Martin
Seventh – ICARUS/Michael Pollard
Eighth – GRANNTEVKA PRINCE/Lucy Wiegersma (GBR)
Ninth – VERONICA/Karen O’Connor
Tenth – CALICO JOE/Andrew Nicholson (NZL)

The dressage ring wasn’t the only thing drawing a crowd today. The Pony Club’s Ninth Prince Philip Cup Pony Club Games at Rolex kicked off today with a celebrity round. Veteran eventers Julie Richards, Lynn Symansky, Kelly Sult and Cathy Wieschhoeff traded their horses for ponies and showed off their skills with some common games, which included tennis balls and cups – not their usual skill set. Tomorrow’s competition, without “guest stars”, should be just as fast-paced and fun.

Shawn Flarida on Rick Clark’s Wimpys Chocolate Chip at Rolex 2012

Shawn Flarida’s reining ride.
Allen MacMillan/MacMillan Photography

We finished the day with dressage’s Western cousin – reining. The reiners have returned for a second year for the CRI3 Star Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup which offers $100,000 in prize money – $50,000 for the individual competition and $50,000 for the team competition. Moves inspired by ranch work  – sliding stops, rollbacks and spins challenge the rider’s control and the horse’s responsiveness. It’s an exciting sport to watch, since unlike dressage, the crowd is encouraged to cheer for their favorites during the ride. The music that accompanied them wasn’t just country (even though this wasn’t a freestyle competition, the riders supplied music for their pattern tests) – which included Bob Seger and a remix of the song “Jessie’s Girl”, among others. Shawn Flarida of Ohio on Rick Clark’s Wimpys Chocolate Chip (by Wimpy’s Little Step, out of Tejana Chic) won the individual competition, and Team SmartPak (Tom McCutcheon/Chic Olena Starbuck, Mandy McCutcheon/Don Julio Whiz, Pete Kyle/A Ruf Gal) won the team competition. For more information go to www.kentuckyreining.com.

It’s been an exciting day, and tomorrow’s challenging cross-country course should be a real test for both horses and riders.

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