28 April 2016, Lexington, USA – Michael Jung riding Fischerrocana FST put in a near flawless dressage performance on Day 1 of the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to put himself firmly in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize.
Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA) riding Fernhill by Night are currently in second place behind Jung, with Phillip Dutton (USA) riding Fernhill Fugitive in third place after the Day 1 Dressage. 35 competitors completed their dressage tests on Day 1, with riders represented from seven international nations.
TOP FIVE RESULTS AFTER DAY 1 DRESSAGE
1. Michael Jung (GER), Fischerroncana FST, 34.1
2. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA), Fernhill By Night, 43.0
3. Philip Dutton(USA), Fernhill Fugitive, 43.1
4. Boyd Martin (USA), Shamwari, 44.6
5. Maya Black (USA), Doesn't Play Fair, 45.5
ROLEX GRAND SLAM OF EVENTING
Michael Jung has traveled to the Kentucky Horse Park as the new Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing 'live contender' and as defending champion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover.
All eyes are now on Jung to see if he can repeat the form he demonstrated in 2015, by winning this year's Rolex Kentucky, which will put him one competition away from the coveted USD$350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing prize.
Speaking after today's Dressage test, Michael Jung said, "It [Rolex Grand Slam] is on my mind and that is the reason why I take one horse here and one horse to Badminton next week. When we go to the competition we try to win, but at the end of trOhe day you have to listen to your horse. In the cross-country when you have a very good feeling in the warm up and that your horse is really ready and the weather, the ground and the conditions are all good then you can try and go forward."
Halliday (C) Rod Koller
Dutton (c) Rod Koller