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Kristin Schmolze and BallyLaffin Bracken won the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award for the second horse inspection at last weekend's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event.
Kristin Schmolze and BallyLaffin Bracken won the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award for the second horse inspection at last weekend’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event. © USEA/Leslie Mintz

Kristin Schmolze’s Ballylaffin Bracken received the prestigious Best Presented Horse award at last weekend’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Sponsored by Equis Boutique, the award was made after the final horse inspection with more than 1500 spectators.

Cesar Hirsch presenting Kristin Schmolze with the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event.
Cesar Hirsch presenting Kristin Schmolze with the Equis Boutique Best Presented Horse Award at the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event. © Betsy Whiteman

In co-operation with Equis Boutique partner Kentucky Horsewear, Schmolze was awarded a selection of Kentucky Horsewear products and barn accessories, as well as a commemorative silver trophy during the Winners’ Champagne Celebration on Sunday.

For Schmolze, the award was a surprise, but well-deserved. “He is a stunning horse,” said Schmolze of her charge. “At 17.2 hands, he’s a very elegant, eye-catching type and is pretty well-known for being good looking. He was a stallion until he was five, so he has that big, gorgeous neck.”

While Schmolze had the ride, she wasn’t shy about giving credit to Ballylaffin Bracken’s groom Sara Calverley. A working student for Schmolze over the past yer, Calverley recently took on full-time responsibilities at Kristin Schmolze Eventing and was celebrating her first Rolex appearance as groom.

After impressing judges at the jog, Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken, or Rox as he’s called around the barn, finished 30th and pocketed experience in yet another four-star event. The 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse is by Ricardo Z and from the Farhaan mare Ballylaffin Florence.

“Any four-star is a huge accomplishment, but to go to Kentucky is special and I am so grateful that I got to compete again. To come out and have a happy horse who jumped around great makes it a success,” she said.

“You work so hard to get to this level and it’s nice to see recognition for the many parts of what goes into competition.”

It was Equis Boutique‘s first time at the event as sponsor and vendors, and their partners, including Manfredi, Parlanti, Anna Scarpati, Kingsland Equestrian, Kentucky Horsewear, and Dy’on were also on hand at the Equis Boutique Booth in the Sponsor Village. Equis also offered a selection of imported bits and Official FEI Merchandise.

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