Rolex 2011: No Major Injuries During Cross-Country Phase

No horses suffered serious injuries yesterday during the cross-country phase of the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, currently under way at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

According to Susan Johns, DVM, a veterinarian at this year's competition and a senior associate at Virginia Equine Imaging in The Plains, it was a good year for cross-country at Rolex.

"Some of the horses might have had some hind-end soreness from the deep footing," she said, adding that all of the horses presented at the final horse inspection trotted up sound Sunday morning.

Michael Pollard (USA) did not present Wonderful Will, a 14-year-old American-bred Thoroughbred, at the final horse inspection this morning, however Johns said that there was no information available as to why he was not presented. Pollard and Wonderful Will were sitting in 12th place after cross-country.

Destination Known, a 13-year-old American-bred Thoroughbred gelding ridden by Allison Springer (USA), sustained a minor injury on cross-country: a cut lip. Johns said that the horse is doing very well and resting comfortably. Springer and Destination Known were eliminated during cross-country after accumulating three refusals on course.

Hollywood, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred gelding ridding by Kelly Sult (USA), made hard contact with jump 15b (an "open corner," a post-and-rail jump in the shape of a "V" that asks the horse and rider to jump the narrowest part), breaking a "frangible pin." Such pins are safety features designed to allow jumps to break away, preventing rotational falls. (Learn more about frangible pins in this video.) There was a short hold on course while the pin was replaced and the pair was assessed 21 penalty points, but Hollywood sustained no injuries and completed the course. He trotted up sound during the final horse inspection.

Twenty-nine competitors--including the top three horses in the placings (King Temptress and Mary King [GBR] in first, Fernhill Urcho and Mary King [GBR] in second, and Be My Guest and Clayton Fredericks [AUS] in third)--will compete in the jumping test, which begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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