Kentucky Classic CDE


Here at the Kentucky Horse Park, we’re getting ready for the third annual Kentucky Classic CDE. I went over to the stabling area earlier today to see the “drivers’ lounge” I’d heard about …

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… which looks rather lovely and relaxing. The only other thing going on so far (while I was there) was some horse-bathing. But competitors, organizers, and officials are all making their final preparations for the event, which starts tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Today — the final day of this year’s Kentucky Classic CDE, here at the Kentucky Horse Park — featured the cones phase of the CDE and the medal ceremonies for four new National Champions (in the pair-horse, single-pony, pair-pony, and pony-team divisions).

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In the pair-horse division, Misdee Wrigley Miller, who had the best dressage score among all the CDE competitors, was declared Reserve Champion …

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… after finishing only sixth-tenths of a point behind the winner. Jimmy Fairclough, who hasn’t competed with a pair of horses in nearly twenty years (he’s been driving a four-in-hand team in that time), is this year’s National Champion in the pair-horse division.

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Paul Maye is the new National Champion in the single-pony division

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Wendy O’Brien and her pair of ponies are this year’s National Champions in that division

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Lisa Stroud won her eighth National Championship in the pony-team division

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Katie Whaley and her team of ponies (Reserve Champions) had the only double-clear round on the cones course

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In yesterday’s post, I wrote:

“Local favorite Misdee Wrigley Miller (who splits her time between Florida and Paris, Kentucky) had the highest dressage score of the day (even beating out Chester Weber by a couple of points): 39.68.”

I should, of course, said that Misdee had the LOWEST (in other words, the best) dressage score of the day. I apologize for any undue confusion!

Today was the first day of dressage at this year’s Kentucky Classic CDE, here at the Kentucky Horse Park.

It’s also, of course, a regular work day for me. So I only made it out to the dressage arena for a little while this afternoon.

Here are a few photos of the three competitors in the Pair Horse division … the USEF National Pair Horse Driving Championship, in fact. I took these as the drivers were warming up for their dressage tests.

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Steve Wilson, from nearby Goshen (very close to Louisville), is competing in only his second advanced-level event:

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Over the past decade or more that I’ve known him, Jimmy Fairclough has always driven a four-in-hand team (including at this year’s FEI World Four-in-Hand Championship, where he won the team bronze medal), but he brought a pair of horses this weekend:

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Local favorite Misdee Wrigley Miller (who splits her time between Florida and Paris, Kentucky) had the highest [correction: the LOWEST; in other words, the best] dressage score of the day (even beating out Chester Weber by a couple of points): 39.68.

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There were really quite a lot of people here at the KY Horse Park yesterday, enjoying the marathon phase of the Kentucky Classic CDE. When the actual competition was over, we all enjoyed the demonstration drive by Koos de Ronde, which A.J. and I thought you might like to see a bit of, too:

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If the videos won’t work for some reason on your computer, the direct links to find them on YouTube are here and here.

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