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All horses pass initial inspection at 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

46 horse-and-rider teams are set to compete at North America's most prestigious event.

April 24, 2013

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Central Kentucky's weather took an unhappy turn from warm and springlike to frigid, gray and windy. But that didn't dampen the mood as competitors in the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event made their first official appearance before officials in Wednesday's first horse inspection.

New Zealand's Andrew Nicholson presented two horses in the jog. The second, Quimbo, was held for re-inspection, but ultimately passed. American rider Emily Beshear was scheduled to jog her horse, Here's to You, toward the end of the inspection, but withdrew beforehand. The remaining 45 horses were accepted immediately by the ground jury.

The initial inspection is performed to ensure that all of the horses entered are sound to compete in the challenge ahead of them. This seemingly serious undertaking has taken on a lighter side at some major events, including Rolex, where riders use the opportunity to get their horses and themselves groomed to perfection. Later in the weekend, "best dressed" awards for male and female riders will be awarded. In the meantime, watch the slideshow below to see some of our favorite horse-and-rider teams at Wednesday's jog. Then click "Submit a Comment" below and tell us which entry you would pick for the best dressed award.

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dc    d, CA

4/25/2013 4:37:49 PM


Janet    East Greenville, PA

4/25/2013 10:46:27 AM

What an outstanding group of competitors (and the riders don't look too bad either)!

Denise    Louisville, KY

4/25/2013 7:50:11 AM

Madeline Blackman looked awesome!! Right out of a magazine

PKL    Somewhere, WY

4/25/2013 5:19:41 AM

I ususally don't follow this too close, but I will check it out when I have a few minutes time. Good Luck everyone.

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