Kentucky Classic CDE


The weather gods were smiling on the Kentucky Classic CDE today: it was a perfect day for the marathon..

A few scenes from the day:

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Bob Giles and his Andalusian mare, Maude, in the water obstacle

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… and one of the crows hanging out at that same obstacle

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many competitors have said they had a great time at the KY Classic; Nancy Roemer looked like she was having a good time, exiting this obstacle with a huge smile

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Gavin Robson at the top of the Hollow, about to fly back down the hill

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Packers fans, I presume? Mary Ruth Marks is, in fact, from Wisconsin

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spectators were lined all along the top of this hill, which gave them a good view of several obstacles

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Misdee Wrigley Miller, with Koos de Ronde as her navigator, negotiating the logs

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… and negotiating a turn at the base of Mick’s Mountain

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At the very end of the day, Koos de Ronde (a member of the gold-medal team from last year’s WEG) took the reins of a team of four horses and, with Michael Freund as his navigator and James Miller on the back step, gave a thrilling demonstration of obstacle driving. He was followed along the course, from obstacle to obstacle, by an army of people in golf carts and gators, and on bikes, and on foot. And — sometimes at Michael’s urging, but mostly on their own — the crowd cheered and whooped and hollered in appreciation.

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… and it’s on to the marathon phase tomorrow!

Before then, here are a few photos from today:

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Muffy Seaton and her Arabian stallion had a double-clear round (no course or time penalties) on the cones course in the intermediate single-pony class

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Celeste Pitts (here, during her dressage test) drove a lovely wicker Phaeton; the wicker parts were hand-woven by an 80-year-old Amish man in Pennsylvania

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the coach for the U.S. driving teams, Michael Freund, led two popular marathon course walks today, and each time he was followed by a flotilla of packed golf carts

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Bob Giles drove a lovely Andalusian mare named Maude

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Jack Goodman was one of the competitors in the large preliminary single-pony class

The first session of dressage & cones is now complete. Today, we saw the advanced-level drivers (one single pony, three single horses, and one horse pair), the intermediate-level horse pairs and pony four-in-hand teams, and the lone preliminary-level four-in-hand team.

Tomorrow, we’ll have intermediate single ponies, single horses and pony pairs; and all the rest of the preliminary drivers (single horses, horse pairs, single ponies, and pony pairs).

The setup for these combined dressage / cones days is a huge grass field at the back of the Horse Park. The dressage arena is at one end, the cones course is at the other, and there’s a lovely shady tent in the middle.

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the lovely, shady tent, which everyone is welcome to enjoy

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if you want to join us at the KHP to watch the dressage and cones on Saturday, these flowers mark the entrance to the shade of the tent

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Donna Crookston during the canter portion of her advanced-single-horse dressage test

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Mary Ruth Marks on the cones course

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Misdee Wrigley Miller during her dressage test

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Sterling Graburn’s team of Hackney ponies, all in perfect step, on the cones course

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You can get results here throughout the weekend.

The horse inspection for the advanced-level competitors in the KY Classic CDE was this morning. It didn’t, in fact, take very long, as there are only five going advanced — one single pony, three single horses, and a pair of horses. The lone pony and all six horses passed.

Here are a few scenes from the inspection:

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Jada Neubauer is driving the only advanced-level single pony in the competition

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Mary Ruth Marks (shown here), Donna Crookston, and Bill Peacock are all driving single horses in the advanced division

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Todd Draheim jogged three of Misdee Miller’s horses for her pair entry

another of Misdee’s pair

There wasn’t much going on in the CDE barn when I wandered over this afternoon. A few people were organizing things. Horses and ponies were hanging out in their stalls. One couple was giving their horse a bath.

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it was a pretty quiet afternoon in the CDE barns

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So I kept going, over to the National Drive barns, where I saw more dogs out in the aisles than horses / ponies / minis / donkeys. Here, too, some equines were hanging out in their stalls, and a few people were hanging out at the trade fair or relaxing by their horses’ stalls, or unhitching or putting to. But this is such a gorgeous day that I would venture a guess that most folks were out driving.

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this dalmatian was hanging out with his people

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the big curly-haired dog standing on the back step of this carriage, with his (her?) paws on the seat, just might be bigger than the pair of miniature horses

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And, I have to admit, I sought out Bond (the miniature donkey from yesterday’s post) and his brothers. They are stabled two to a stall, they’re so little (and so darned cute). They were all moving around too much to get any good overall photos, but here’s an ear:

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