The first day of competition here at the Kentucky Classic CDE is now finished.

This morning, the advanced-level horses and ponies were presented for their first veterinary inspection. Here are a few photos …

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Then, this afternoon, all the advanced-level competitors performed their dressage tests for the judges. At the end of the day, Kate Shields stands in the lead in the USEF National Singles Championship.

The only single horse I got a photo of, however, was Sara Schmitt …

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Meghan Benge with her pair of ponies …

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Steve Wilson and his pair of Lipizzan horses …

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And, finally, two familiar faces in the four-in-hand division: James Fairclough …

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… and Chester Weber, who’s leading the USEF National Four-in-Hand Championship with a dressage score of 33.74.

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