Here are a few of my favorites from among the photos I took (shown in the order I took them) at yesterday’s “jog” (the first horse inspection) for this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.

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Rolex legend and multiple-times winner Karen O’Connor

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Phillip Dutton (who received a round of applause even before beginning the jog) with Fernhill Eagle …

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… and Phillip Dutton again, with Mighty Nice (owned by Bruce Duchossois) …

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… who, sadly, slipped and fell, causing the crowd to gasp; he got up, jogged with no problem and was deemed fit to compete

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Nearly seventy horses had been entered in the competition. But several had been withdrawn before the event began and, in the end, fifty-eight horses trotted through their first inspection. Of those, Brittany Kart’s Llewellyn was deemed unfit to compete, which means that fifty-seven horses started out today or will start tomorrow with their dressage tests.

After today’s first day of dressage, Boyd Martin (riding Remington XXV) is currently in the lead, followed by Karen O’Connor and New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson.

If you’re interested, you can get timetables, news, and results on the event’s website, and online coverage at the USEF Network.