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Holder And Courageous Comet Remain on top at the 2008 Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event Presented by Farnam
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2008
By Joanie Morris
Lexington, KY -- Becky Holder made it very clear that she was not
relinquishing her grasp on the top spot at the 2008 Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event as she flew around the cross-country course with
"He was foot perfect." said Holder after her round. "He was just
absolutely on his game for every minute of it."
The 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding flashed the turn of foot that made
him a success on the race track and cruised comfortably through the
Kentucky Horse Park. Holder's round wasn't without event, she was held
on the course before fence eight after Dornin North fell with Lion
Display at the footbridge. Both horse and rider were absolutely fine.
"My watch malfunctioned after the hold, so the biggest thing was is that
I didn't know what my time was," said Holder who celebrated her 39th
birthday on Thursday. "My watch said 15 seconds and wouldn't stop
beeping through the footbridge and the sunken road. I gave up on the
watch finally because it wouldn't stop beeping at me so I smashed it
with my fist and just said 'forget it - let him gallop between the
fences and then slow down and just jump every jump.' And that's what I
Holder, from Mendota Heights, MN riding for her husband Tom who owns
'Comet' kept the same composure that picked up the winning dressage mark
on Thursday. Holder and Comet go into show jumping on a score of 39.3.
Phillip Dutton, who had been in third place with Bruce Duchossios'
Connaught after the dressage cruised around the course two seconds over
the optimum time. The 15-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding gave every
fence plenty of air, and moved into second place on a score of 41.7,
giving Holder very little breathing room going into the final phase.
"He jumped great, he jumped so high and tried so hard at every single
jump," said Dutton, who was second here last year (winning the USEF
National CCI**** Championship in the process) with this same horse. "He
really excelled today."
Duchossios was on hand to witness the horse's spectacular jumping
"I've been to Rolex with a lot of Bruce's horses and this is the first
time he has been able to come and watch so that is very exciting," said
Dutton also lies tied for seventh with Acorn Hill Farm's Woodburn.
Stephen Bradley rode Charlotte Harris' From right before Dutton and
enjoyed a solid effort from the 15-year-old Russian Thoroughbred
gelding. The pair picked up 5.2 time faults on their trip around the
course which was designed by Mike Etherington-Smith. They are on a score
"I'm unbelievably pleased with the way that he jumped," said Bradley who
lives in Leesburg, VA. "I'm a little disappointed about picking up a few
time faults, but he got a little tired at the end of the course. I'm
working on his fitness program so that next time we can go a bit
Bradley's only hairy moment came at the final water jump - the four
beautifully carved ducks caught people out all day.
"We jumped in but I had a hard time making the turn and he was slightly
off the second one," said Bradley. "He landed real shallow and did two
strides in 18 feet. Aside from that, even after he got tired he put out
110 percent and I was thrilled."
Bradley and his other mount Brandenburg's Joshua, who is owned by
Southern Edition Farm, sits 10th going into show jumping.
Missy Ransehousen on Critical Decision and Alison Springer and Arthur
jumped up the leaderboard on the strength of their double clears into
fourth and fifth respectively.
There were 25 clear rounds, 13 of which were within the optimum time of
Laine Ashker, who cruised around on her first horse Mazetto early in the
day, fell with her second horse, Frodo Baggins at the fifth fence.
Ashker was conscious, talking and moving her extremities when she was
transported from the venue to the University of Kentucky Hospital. She
is currently under the care of the emergency and trauma services staff.
Frodo Baggins was attended to immediately by a team of veterinarians, he
was stabilized, sedated and transported to the Hagyard Equine Medical
Institute. Further tests showed that Frodo Baggins had sustained a
fracture at the base of his skull as well as a serious lung injury. The
prognosis was very poor. A representative for the Ashker family
concurred that euthanasia was the most humane option for the horse.
The show jumping gets underway on Sunday at 1 p.m. The final horse
inspection starts the morning off at 8.30 a.m.
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