To the delight of U.S. equestrian fans the top three positions at the dressage event of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event were claimed by Americans
Online PR News – 27-April-2010 – – The first day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event witnessed the top three positions being bagged away by the highly talented American riders- Karen O'Connor, Becky Holder and Phillip Dutton. Karen O’Connor from Middleburg, together with her gelding Mandiba managed to reserve the top spot with a score of 43.7, while Becky Holder who rode his horse Courageous Comet scored 45.2 and settled for the second position. The third spot was bagged by Philip Dutton from West Grove who rode The Foreman and scored 47.2 on the first day of the dressage competition. With all three riders belonging to America, the huge base of American fans was in for a lot of excitement and fun during the first day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Karen O’Connor has also been victorious at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in the year 1999, while the 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was won by Philip Dutton. All three champions also happen to be Olympic veterans and have managed to reserve their places as the top contenders in the United States team that will be seen competing at the 2010 Altech FEI World Equestrian Games. The games are slated to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in the month of September.
Karen O’Connor spoke about her horse Mandiba and said that she was confident about the horse and his performance. She went on to add that she was very happy about the fact that she was able to finish at first place with the elegant and confident horse. Mandiba is a 10 year old Irish gelding who has given consistent performances throughout the year.
Phillip Dutton who competed in the event with his 14 year old horse, The Foreman, said that it was more like putting the horse through a test in the event. Phillip Dutton added that the horse had not competed in a Three Day Event in almost three years following a surgery in 2007, wherein a splint bone had to be removed from the foreleg which kept him away from the action. He praised the gelding and said that The Foreman has proved to be one of the most confident and best he has ever rode. Philip Dutton also remarked that The Foreman always shines through in all the big events. Philip is slated to ride two of his other top geldings- Waterfront and Woodburn during the remaining event.
Becky Holder, who remained second on day one of the dressage event at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, managed to win the Rolex Watch at the reception held on the evening of the 21st of April. She is reported to have shifted to Chattahoochee from Minnesota last winter along with her geldings. She has also had the opportunity of being in the top three spots at the dressage event previously; however, she has never been able to make it to the top position at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, which she is eyeing this season together with another Rolex Watch meant for the winner of the event.
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