The Horse Chronicle

Lexington, Kentucky.—April 27

It’s the closest thing to the horse world of a red carpet. Every year at Land Rover Kentucky’s three-day event, riders swap out their breeches and boots for more fashionable clothes, and the horses shine brighter than brand-new lucky pennies on first inspection. horses.

While those few minutes are nerve-wracking, as no one can make their way to the Rolex Stadium centerline without first getting a nod from the Jury on the ground, it’s also a chance for the runners to show some of their personality. Some plan their outfits weeks in advance while others hit the shops in Lexington on Tuesday afternoons hoping for a few last-minute finds.

Forty-five horses entered the five-star today, and all passed.

Spectators were welcome at Kentucky Horse Park after last year’s event was held under strict COVID-19 protocol, and the jogging track was once again lined with fans delighted to see their favorite horses and riders. .

Two horses were being held – Booli Selmayr’s Millfield Lancando and Alexandra MacLeod’s Newmarket Jack, who were asked to jog twice before being sent to the detention box. Both horses passed on re-inspection. Doug Payne’s Quantum Leap has been asked to jog twice.

Dressage begins Thursday at 8 a.m. with the CCI4*-S division. The CCI5*-L division starts at 1 p.m.

We spoke to a few riders about their return to Kentucky Horse Park and, of course, how they chose their outfits.

The find of goodwill

While The Chronicle’s One To Watch Ashlynn Meuchel lost her five-star rookie status last fall when she completed Maryland 5 Star with Emporium, this is her first trip to Kentucky.

“It’s fantastic,” she said. “I’m really excited. It finally feels real, now that we’re actually doing it. You never really know if you’re going to go there until you’re here and do everything, so it’s very exciting.

Ashlynn Meuchel and Emporium. Lindsay Berreth

Although Meuchel admitted she’s not a fashion person, she took her jogging outfit seriously. She opted for blue accents against her horse’s shiny gray coat, choosing a hat with accent ribbon and feathers and cute blue heels to run along the jogging strip, even though she didn’t was slow to exchange them for a comfortable pair of shoes as soon as she was done.

“Honestly, I went to Goodwill because I went to other stores, and they had nothing,” she said. “I went to Goodwill and found the outfit. It turned out pretty legit, and I got the hat, and pasted it all here. It is irreplaceable.

Make a statement

Will Faudree is known for choosing eclectic outfits — at Maryland 5 Star, he sported lederhosen he bought in Aachen, Germany. While his Kentucky outfit wasn’t quite as unusual, he still turned heads with a bright orange sports coat.

“I actually went to a local store in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where I live, and walked in and [the sport coats] were all navy blue and brown, so the color appealed to me,” he said. “I put it on, and it fits great, so I got it. [I] was going to wear khaki pants and thought they looked a bit brighter [with white pants instead], and especially with Pfun being white, you know it got mixed up with him a bit. Try to give it a shot to win the best dressed.

Will Faudree and Pfun. Lindsay Berreth

Faudree also added a Ukrainian flag pin in support of the country, which was invaded by Russia in February.

“I support Ukraine, and my thoughts and everything to the people of this country,” he said. “For me, it’s a really unfair war, and it’s really sad what’s going on, so any way I can show some support, I’m going to.

“I’ve donated to a few different causes that I’m passionate about,” he added. “One of my very good friends, he is in the army. He was stationed in Poland at first and spoke to her when he came back, it’s heartbreaking what was going on for greed and money.

The first impression counts

Meghan O’Donoghue didn’t have to think seriously about what she wanted to wear this year. When your outfit was so successful last year, you go straight back to it for this year’s addition.

“Hound and Hare, they’ve been supporting me since last year and they’ve been outfitting me with boots that are still huge, and I appreciate them. I went back to where I found my outfit [last year, Everard’s Clothing in Georgetown, Washington District of Columbia,] for the jacket. I felt like it did me well last year. I enjoyed getting ready and showing off the horse and looking professional. You also know this first impression for the Ground Jury.

Meghan O’Donoghue and Palm Crescent. Lindsay Berreth

O’Donoghue’s horse, Palm Crescent, earned her first five-star here last year, and she’s looking forward to improving their performance.

“There’s nothing like it,” she says of being in Kentucky. “It’s still the same kind of build and just the anticipation. It’s still just a privilege, honestly, because it’s such a great group of people that makes it all possible.

Comfort above all
It’s been four years since Elisa Wallace ran the Kentucky five-star with Simply Priceless, and this year she’s back with Let It Be Lee, and she’s breathing a sigh of relief now that the first hurdle has been overcome.

“Even when you have good sound, it’s still nerve-wracking,” she said.

Elisa Wallace and Let It Bee Lee. Lindsay Berreth

She wore a chic horse-riding themed printed shirt with a gray jacket as well as the ever-popular Fairfax & Favor tall boots.

“Actually, my shirt that I found in a tack shop; it’s a riding shirt,” she said. “Comfortable! I was going for comfort.

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Canadian Lisa Marie Fergusson presented Honor Me with a hat that wouldn’t be out of place at the Kentucky Derby. Lindsay Berreth
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#hair goals. Zoe Crawford presented KEC Zara. Lindsay Berreth
James Alliston and Paper Jam traveled from California to contest the gelding’s first five-star. Lindsay Berreth
Chris Talley and Lucinda Green talked fashion. Lindsay Berreth
Sorocaima was a bit difficult for Buck Davidson during his first five-star horse inspection. Lindsay Berreth
AP Prime got a nod from Leah Lang-Gluscic. Lindsay Berreth
Five-star newbies Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135. Lindsay Berreth Photo
Sarah Bullimore presented her Corouet, a thoroughbred. Lindsay Berreth
Giving by Will Coleman. Photo by Kimberly Loushin
Sarah and Brett Bullimore posed with Corouet. Photo by Kimberly Loushin
The Irish Joseph Murphy and Calmaro waited their turn for the jog. Photo by Kimberly Loushin
Banzai of the Loir by Yasmin Ingham. Lindsay Berreth
Booli Selmayr and his crew celebrated the passing of Millfield Lancando during the re-inspection. Photo by Kimberly Loushin
Hannah Sue Burnett and Capitol H.I.M. Photo by Kimberly Loushin
Jonelle Price’s McLaren. Lindsay Berreth

The Horse Chronicle will be on hand all week for the three-day Land Rover Kentucky event, bringing you reports from every round of competition, great photos and stories from the competitors. Follow all our coverage hereand be sure to read our May 23 issue of Kentucky results for more in-depth coverage and analysis of the event.

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