30 Apr '16, 11am

Cross-country draws crowds for Rolex Kentucky

Heading into the afternoon at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, riders were slip-sliding through the cross-country course at the Kentucky Horse Park. The rainy weather didn’t trouble German rider Michael Jung, in first place with his mare Fisherrocana after dressage. Jung rode the 29 jumps clear, but finished two seconds over the optimum time of 11:14 minutes to pick up 0.8 time penalties. He had enough of a cushion to maintain his spot ahead of American riders Allison Springer, on Arthur, and Marilyn Little, on RF Demeter, who will ride later in the day. In an interview afterward, Jung said he felt great after his ride, saying his mare gave him everything she had. The cross-country competition will have riders about every four minutes. The riders will gallop a 4-mile course over 29 jumps, some almost 4 feet high and more than 6 feet wide, some with multiple elements and...

Full article: http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article74860997.html

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