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Holder Sets Day 1 Standard At Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Farnam
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Lexington, KY, April 24 - Becky Holder, of Mendota Heights, Minn., celebrated her
39th birthday today by easily topping the first of two days of dressage at the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, on Courageous Comet.
"For once I don't mind my age being the same as my dressage score," Holder said
after earning a score of 39.3 penalties on her gray Thoroughbred gelding.
Stephen Bradley, of Leesburg, Va., rode Brandenburg's Joshua into second place,
with a score of 50.7, while Canadian rider Mike Winter rode Kingpin into third place
with a score of 52.6.
Some 20 riders performed their tests in the Kentucky Horse Park's Sheila Johnson
Arena on Thursday. The remainder of the field (22 horses) will perform their dressage
tests on Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Although Holder said that the best part of her dressage test was "the last halt-when
it was over," she said she's eager to test the cross-country course, designed by
Michael Etherington-Smith of Great Britain, on Saturday. "It starts with a really
good stretch of galloping, which will be perfect for Comet. I'm excited to take
a shot at it," she said.
Bradley, 46, said that he was pleased with the willing and obedient attitude Brandenburg's
Joshua displayed in the ring today. He believes he 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding
is ready for a clear round on Saturday, because "rideability like that is a major
factor that's going to be important on this cross-country course."
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is a U.S. Equestrian Federation selection trial
for eventing. Holder was a reserve rider for the 2000 Olympics after placing well
at Rolex Kentucky that year, and she knows that a top-placing performance in this
Olympic trial will put her in the running for the U.S. team headed for Hong Kong
Bradley, who's also riding From at Kentucky, has two chances to make his second
Olympic team. He rode on the 1992 team in Barcelona and also rode as an individual
in the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Winter was one Canada's two individual riders at the 2004 Olympics and a member
of the silver-medal team at the 2007 Pan Am Games. That medal qualified the Canadian
team for the 2008 Olympics, and Winter, 33, is cautiously optimistic about the Canadian
fortunes. Six Canadian riders are vying for selection to their team at Kentucky,
under the direction of technical advisor David O'Connor, a three-time Rolex Kentucky
winner and the individual gold medalist at the 2000 Olympics.
"I genuinely hope that all the Canadian horses have their best performances ever
to give us a boost going to the Olympics," said Winter, after recording his best
dressage score ever in a four-star event. "But I think we're two years away from
being medal contenders, and I certainly hope that will happen in 2010," when the
Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Watch the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, live through video
streaming, at www.rk3de.com, for $12.99 for four days.
For full results, go to www.rk3de.com.