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U.S. Rider Amy Tryon and Le Samurai Take the Lead after Dressage Phase
of 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam
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April 27, 2007
(Lexington, KY)-Day Two of dressage during the 2007 Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, welcomed much drier skies than the
previous day, and it provided a much nicer environment in which to wrap
up the dressage phase and head into cross-country. At day's end, Amy
Tryon (U.S.) aboard Le Samurai, a 12-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred
gelding, took the overall top spot on the leaderboard. The horse is
fairly new to the rider, but that really didn't show in today's dressage
test as they scored a 47.0.
Coming in second was Britain's Polly Stockton aboard Tangleman (47.2).
Third place went to Australia's Clayton Fredericks and Ben Along Time
(47.4). In fact, it was one thin point that separated the top five
Tryon said that she only had about 40% of the horse's attention when she
went in the ring, and she admitted that she wasn't convinced it was a
really good ride during the first half.
"Physically it is easy for him, but mentally it's challenging," said
Tryon. "He was all lit up by the atmosphere."
However, that changed during the second portion of her test. "You try
to go in so focused," said Tryon. "You don't have time to enjoy what's
going on beneath you."
Focus is critical, and especially so in an arena like the one
challenging these riders. Heavy on "atmosphere," it can present a
downfall to even the most experienced pairing-even to an Olympic and FEI
World Equestrian Games medalist like Tryon. "This arena is hard to ride
in...trotting down the strip is like being thrown to the lions."
A former firefighter, she retired from that job last summer to devote
herself exclusively to riding. "Then, I was lucky to ride three days a
week when I was firefighting. Now, I can spend seven days a week at the
barn. That doesn't mean my life is any less hectic, but at least I can
focus all my attention on the horses. I have a great team of horses and
owners. Becky and Jerome Broussard who own Le Samurai are fantastic
owners, and I am happy I have the time to put into it."
Stockton and Tangleman (a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding) stand only
two-tenths of a point of Tryon's lead going into the cross-country
"This horse came here four years ago quite inexperienced," said
Stockton. "He had a lower score today, but his dressage has actually
gotten better, and I hope the jumping will go well, too." This pairing
placed 22nd at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials last year.
Last year's leader going into the cross-country phase, Becky Holder
(U.S.) and Courageous Comet (an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding) are
sitting in a tie for third after putting down a 47.4 to match the work
done by Australia's Fredericks and the 12-year-old Irish gelding he is
Holder was pleased with her dressage ride. Looking toward a challenging
day of cross-country, she admitted that she has one strategy when
approaching a tough course like the one ahead. And, it is advice that
she takes from her husband.
"My husband says the most important jump on-course is the next one," she
said laughing. "If I take it one at a time, then I can probably look
back and say I enjoyed it."
As for Fredericks, he hoped to approach Saturday's work with a calm head
and steady hand. "I hope to give it the best ride I can," he said. "He's
[Ben Along Time] doing good. The horse you have in the end is the main
He said that one of the reasons he travels half-way around the world to
come to the Rolex Kentucky event is that his fellow competitor,
Stockton, has given it such high praise.
"Polly gave it a great reputation as a really good event, with really
good footing," he said. "It's a big effort and expense to come all that
way, but ever since I first spoke to Janie Atkinson [of Equestrian
Events, Inc.], the organizers have done everything to make it a
pleasure. It makes a difference to be in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
No doubt it gives us a good feeling to come here."
American Missy Ransehousen and Critical Decision (an 11-year-old
Warmblood/Thoroughbred gelding) now sit in fifth place on their score of
47.8, sliding down a few spots after posting Day One's lead score.
Kristin Bachman, another rider from the previous day, aboard the
13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Gryffindor, is seated right behind
Ransehousen at sixth place after posting a 48.2.
Bonnie Mosser and Jenga (a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding) were the
last to go before today's lunch break, and they closed out the morning
session with a score of 48.3 to find themselves in seventh place going
Phillip Dutton, former Aussie-turned-American, made a good start on Day
One aboard Connaught with a 48.7, putting them in an eighth-place finish
overall. Today, it was his second Rolex entry, Truluck, taking to the
ring. The results weren't quite as good with a 55.7, which lands the
pairing in a three-way tie for 15th. The rider, who rode for two Olympic
Gold-medal teams for Australia, switched his citizenship at the end of
last year. For more than a decade, the rider had been based out of
Ninth place is where Tiana Coudray and King Street (a 12-year-old Irish
Sport Horse gelding) are after their dressage round on a rain-soaked Day
One. They posted a 49.3.
Last year's runner-up to the title, Heidi White Carty, and her
14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, Northern Spy, didn't quite match their
last year's dressage score. However, they did end by finishing in the
same place after the first phase. The pair scored a 52.0 today, just
over the 49.4 from last year. Sharing the 10th-place spot with White
Carty is Belgium's Karin Donckers and Gazelle de la Brasserie.
Saturday's cross-country phase begins under what is being forecast as a
30% chance of showers and overcast afternoon skies.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, is the only
four-star event in the Western hemisphere. Riders compete in this
competition for their share of $200,000 in prize money, with the winning
owner receiving $65,000. The winning rider gets to sport a new Rolex
watch. The USET Pinnacle Trophy is presented to the top American rider,
who is also named the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
National CCI**** Eventing National Champion. This year celebrates the
10th year the prestigious award is being given.
Highlights from the event will be broadcast by NBC Sports in a one-hour
special on Sunday, May 6, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT. In addition, fans
that aren't able to make it to the Kentucky Horse Park for the event can
still catch the action live through NBCSports.com's daily webcast,
available at www.mediazone.com/channel/nbcsports/equestrian/index.jsp.
These webcasts were made possible through the joint efforts of NBC;
Equestrian Events, Inc., the producer of the event; and the USEF.
By Brian Sosby
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