Rolex 2012: No Serious Cross-Country Injuries Reported

Parker, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding ridden and owned by James Alliston (GBR), is resting comfortably after a fall at the second fence on yesterday’s cross-country course at the 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone.

“Parker was very smart,” said Fédération Equestre Internationale Veterinary Delegate Catherine Kohn, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM. “He basically got the wind knocked out of him yesterday. He laid there for a while catching his breath, but then he was eating grass lying down.”

Kohn said that at that point, the attending veterinarians were able to roll Parker up on his side, and the horse “stood right up and walked into the trailer.” He was then taken back to his stall, Kohn said.

“He got some fluids and was pretty comfortable last night, so no serious injuries whatsoever,” Kohn said.

Meanwhile, the ground jury at the final horse inspection accepted 27 horses for the last phase of the competition (show jumping). One horse presented at the final horse inspection was not accepted, and four horses were withdrawn from the competition.

Overnight leader Parklane Hawk, ridden by Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt, was accepted to continue. Show jumping begins today (April 29) at 12:30 p.m.

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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