Germany’s Michael Jung has notched up his 11th five-star victory, taking out the Kentucky Three-Day Event on first-time five-star horse FischerChipmunk at the weekend.
Jung and 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding FischerChipmunk (Contendro I x Havanna), held their lead throughout the event, posting the lowest-ever winning score for a five-star event, finishing on their dressage mark of 20.01. Their winn ing margin of 11.6 penalties was the largest ever in the competition’s history.
In second place was British rider Yasmin Ingham with Banzai du Loir, who moved up from fourth after the dressage to end with 31.7 penalties. US rider Doug Payne moved up from 25th after dressage on Quantum Leap to finish third on 38.4.
It was Jung’s fourth triumph at the Kentucky event, winning on FischerRocana three times in a row from 2015 to 2017.
Ingham was the youngest rider at the event, and it was her first time in the US. She and her 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding Banzai du Loir (Nouma D’Auzay x Gerboise Du Cochet) posted a score of 28.1 in the dressage and added only 2.8time penalties after the cross-country.
As the highest placed US rider, third-placed Doug Payne earned the title of National Champion with 11-year-old Zweibrucker gelding Quantum Leap (Quite Capitol x Report to Sloopy), whom he has owned since he was a yearling.
• US rider Liz Halliday-Sharp took out the CCI4*-S on 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal), with Phillip Dutton on 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding Quasi Cool (Quo Vados I x B-Estelle) second, and James Alliston third on 8-year-old Canadian Warmblood Nemesis, a son of Novalis.
• Two horses who were injured during the cross-country on Saturday were taken to a nearby veterinary clinic.
Emporium, a 13-year-old gray gelding owned and ridden by the home side’s Ashlynn Meuchel, fell while jumping the alternative corner in the water at the Head of the Lake (fence 19c), having been in equal 19th place after dressage on a score of 36.1. the event was paused and two riders were held up on the course, but both Colleen Rutledge (Covert Rights) and Zoe Crawford (KEC Zara) continued with clear rounds.
Ky3DE officials said Meuchel was uninjured, and Emporium was sedated and taken to the Hagyard Medical Center for evaluation.
US rider Tamie Smith pulled up Judith McSwain’s 13-year-old gray mare Fleeceworks Royal – who was Thursday’s dressage leader on a mark of 32.9 and lay eighth at the conclusion of the first phase – when she went lame after fence 11abc, the EEI’s Challenge Accepted.
Fleeceworks Royal (Rory) was also taken to Hagyard for evaluation, where surgeons determined that the best course of treatment would be surgical stabilisation of the left front pastern. Officials said the procedure and recovery were both successful.
Smith later said: “Rory is stable and happy eating all she wants under great care and observation at Hagyard Medical Center. We will continue to keep everyone updated on her status, and so far everything is looking good.”