Rolex Kentucky 2017 Dressage

Steady Eddie following his dressage test in the Rolex Stadium. Photo copyright Amber Heintzberger

Steady Eddie following his dressage test in the Rolex Stadium. Photo copyright Amber Heintzberger

The second day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky three-day event wraps up with Steady Eddie, owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen, Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin, tied for 14th and Crackerjack in a four-way tie for 23rd, out of 59 entries. Eddie put in a very solid effort for this placing and received high praise from Silva, who said he couldn’t have done better than the performance he put in today.

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Boyd hacking out with students Lillian Heard and Courtney Cooper. Photo copyright Amber Heintzberger

Boyd hacking out with students Lillian Heard and Courtney Cooper. Photo copyright Amber Heintzberger

Both Silva and Boyd have a number of students competing this weekend and divided their time between coaching, riding, signing autographs and looking after Nox – who quite enjoys watching his dad ride, and cheers him on with adorable giggles from the sidelines!

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A cool morning turned into a blisteringly hot afternoon in the Rolex stadium and tomorrow will only get hotter and more humid, which should show its effects on Derek diGrazia’s challenging four-star cross country track. Boyd and Ryan Wood led a Smartpak sponsored course walk this afternoon with massive turnout from fans who wanted to hear their thoughts on some of the course’s key elements, including the infamous Head of the Lake water complex.

Crackerjack having a canter this morning. Photo copyright Amber Heintzberger

Crackerjack having a canter this morning. Photo copyright Amber Heintzberger

Lucy Boynton Lie’s Crackerjack, who performed his dressage test yesterday, had a light jump school and a canter this morning and is feeling fit and fresh for tomorrow’s cross-country test.

Boyd took a few minutes at the end of the day to talk about his horses’ dressage:

and discussing the cross country course:

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