Sixty Horses Set to Compete at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event


Sixty-two horses were presented on this picturesque spring day at the first horse inspection for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event, which all competitors must pass before the start of dressage.

Five horses were sent to the hold box after their first jog in front of the ground jury: Madison Park, Parker, Houdini, Anthony Patch and Sir Oberon. The first three were accepted upon re-inspection. Laine Ashker opted to withdraw Anthony Patch rather than attempting another jog.

Unfortunately Rolex first-timers Ellen Doughty and Sir Oberon were not accepted upon their second jog. While this is surely an unexpected end to their first trip to Rolex, Doughty’s trip will not be in vain—she and her fiancé are planning to get married on the cross-country course this Friday.

Sixty horses are now set to proceed to dressage on Thursday and Friday; ride times can be found at

As usual, the riders jogged their horses in their finest outfits, both for the pageantry of America’s only four-star event (the highest level in the sport), and a chance at winning a pair of Dubarry boots for the man and woman voted “best dressed” at the jog.

Who do you think dressed the best? Tell us your favorite in the comments.

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Update 4/24/12 12:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this story misidentified Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate. It has been corrected below.

William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero
William Fox-Pitt looked understated at the jog, but he’ll be formidable in the arena and on course this weekend with Bay My Hero (shown here) and Seacookie.
Andrew Nicholson
Will Andrew Nicholson defend his Rolex title? He’s here with the lovely Avebury to give it a go.
Marilyn Little and RF Demeter
Marilyn Little made a shimmering statement as she presented the lovely RF Smoke on the Water.
Michael Pollard and Mensa G
Michael Pollard looks ready for the country club with Mensa G.
Emily Beshear and Here's to You
Meghan O’Donoghue is flowery and fabulous with Pirate.
Doug Payne
Doug Payne looks dashing in his best suit, but he’s outshined by his wingman, Crown Talisman.
James Alliston
Parker seemed to think the point of the jog was to shove his human handler, James Alliston, into the decorative flowers. But eventually he agreed to trot long enough to be evaluated by the ground jury.
Allison Springer
Orange you glad Allison Springer is riding at Rolex again this year? She’ll be competing with Copycat Chloe (shown) and her longtime partner Arthur.
Alexandra Knowles
Kentucky local Alexandra Knowles is enjoying her Rolex experience already with Last Call.
Katie Frei and Houdini
Katie Frei and her adorable Houdini looked ready for their closeup.
Kyle Carter and Madison Park
Canada’s Kyle Carter opted to have a secret service agent jog Madison Park for him.
Jan Byyny
Jan Byyny and Inmidair look very happy to be back at Rolex.
Jennifer McFall and High Times
Californian Jennifer McFall added a splash of color with her shoes as she presented High Times.
Kristin Schmolze
Kristin Schmolze went with a sophisticated look as she presented Ballylaffin Bracken.

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Holly Caccamise has been with Horse Illustrated and Young Rider since 2007, and in August 2019, she took over as head editor. She’s been instrumental in the production of both magazines and helped Horse Illustrated win a 2018 American Horse Publications Media Award in the General Excellence Self-Supported Publication (circulation 15,000 and over) category. Before getting involved in the editorial side of print media, she worked as an award-winning ad copywriter for Thoroughbred Times magazine. Caccamise has her MS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, where she studied equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and her Bachelor’s from UCLA in Biology. Caccamise has also worked as a research assistant, horse camp counselor teaching riding and vaulting, and as a top-level show groom in the eventing world, where she continues to compete her horse, Artie, at the lower levels.



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