Fun and Flair Kicks Off Kentucky Horse Inspection

Riders showed off their horses and fun outfits in the First Horse Inspection for CCI5* horses at the 2024 Kentucky Three-Day Event.

The 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event kicked off with the First Horse Inspection for the horses competing in the CCI5* Wednesday afternoon. Riders representing seven nationalities presented 36 horses. The ground jury held two horses reinspections. These included Yasmin Ingham’s Banzai Du Loir (GBR) and Doug Payne’s Quantum Leap (USA). The ground jury passed the two horses upon reinspection. Matthew Grayling (NZL) did not present Trudeau.

That leaves 35 CCI5* horses to compete in the dressage phase on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s CCI5* dressage starts at 1:30 p.m. with the last horse going at 3:58 p.m. Additionally, Friday’s first dressage ride starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 3:55 p.m.

Background Behind Some Outfits

Will Faudree stood out in the horse inspection dressed in a fuchsia suit and pink tie with a cowboy hat. When asked what inspired his outfit, he simply said, “Barbie.” Faudree presented Mama’s Magic Way.

Mia Farley didn’t actually have an outfit selected this morning. She jogged Phelps in a black leather coat, a black scarf with white polka dots, black skinny pants and black boots. “My second mom is here and she got me covered, and so this is actually pretty much all her stuff,” Farley said. “So it’s not a great story, but I think she did a good job. We moved up north on Monday … and the outfit just did not get done.”

Jennie Brannigan looked elegant in an outfit by one of her sponsors Holland Cooper. “When I opened this up I thought, This is the most beautiful outfit I’ve ever seen. I said that to my whole team. It’s just gorgeous. I really appreciate them sending it to me,” Brannigan said. “Then this [pointing to her white top with sheer sections] is from a music festival. … A little flare, you know.”

Cosequin Lexington CCI4*-S

Meanwhile, 63 horses are contesting the Cosequin Lexington CCI4*-S. That also will kick off Thursday with the first dressage ride starting at 8 a.m. and the last starting at 12:19 p.m. Similarly, on Friday, the first ride again begins at 8 a.m. and runs until the last dressage ride at 12:11 p.m.

Below are photos from the CCI5* horse inspection; scroll down to vote for who you think was best dressed.

Vote on Your Favorite Outfit at the End of the Photos

Kicks Off Kentucky Horse Inspection
Susannah Berry (IRL) and Clever Trick
©Amy K. Dragoo
Kicks Off Kentucky Horse Inspection
Calvin Böckmann (GER) and The Phantom of the Opera ©Amy K. Dragoo
Kentucky Horse Inspection
Kirsty Chabert (GBR) and Classic VI
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Yasmin Ingham (GBR) and Banzai Du Loir
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Malin Hansen-Hotopp (GER) and Carlitos Quidditch K ©Amy K. Dragoo
Christoph Wahler (GER) and D’Accord FRH
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Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Rosalent
©Amy K. Dragoo
Tom McEwen (GBR) and JL Dublin
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Sara Kozumplik (USA) and Rock Phantom
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Sara Kozumplik’s horse inspection shoes
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Hannah Sue Hollberg (USA) and Capitol H I M ©Amy K. Dragoo
Jennie Brannigan (USA) and FE Lifestyle
©Amy K. Dragoo
Jennie Brannigan (USA) and Twilightslastgleam ©Amy K. Dragoo
Andrew McConnon (USA) and Wakita 54
©Amy K. Dragoo
Andrew McConnon (USA) and Ferrie’s Cello ©Amy K. Dragoo
Ema Klugman (USA) and Bronte Beach
©Amy K. Dragoo
Ariel Grald (USA) and Leamore Master Plan
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Doug Payne (USA) and Quantum Leap
©Amy K. Dragoo
Monica Spencer (NZL) and Artist ©Amy K. Dragoo
Bobby Meyerhoff (USA) and Lumumba
©Amy K. Dragoo
Lisa Marie Fergusson (CAN) and Honor Me
©Amy K. Dragoo
Phillip Dutton (USA) and Quasi Cool
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Phillip Dutton Team and Azure ©Amy K. Dragoo
Sharon White and Claus 63 ©Amy K. Dragoo
Zachary Brandt (USA) and Direct Advance
©Amy K. Dragoo
Will Faudree (USA) and Mama’s Magic Way ©Amy K. Dragoo
Mia Farley (USA) and Phelps ©Amy K. Dragoo
Joe Meyer (NZL) and Harbin ©Amy K. Dragoo
Buck Davidson (USA) and Sorocaima
©Amy K.Dragoo
Lillian Heard Wood (USA) and LCC Barnaby
©Amy K. Dragoo
Rebecca Braitling (AUS) and Caravaggio II
©Amy K. Dragoo
Lauren Nicholson (USA) and Vermiculus
©Amy K. Dragoo
Liz Halliday (USA) and Cooley Nutcracker
©Amy K. Dragoo
James Alliston (USA) and Karma ©Amy K. Dragoo
Doug Payne (USA) and Camarillo ©Amy K. Dragoo
Boyd Martin (USA) and On Cue ©Amy K. Dragoo

Vote for Best Dressed at the Kentucky Horse Inspection CCI5*

Thanks to Cosequin for our coverage of the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event. It includes rider interviews, competition reports, horse spotlights, photos, videos and more.

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