Felix Vogg Takes an Early Lead at 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

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Aboard Colero, Switzerland’s Felix Vogg rode down the centerline at the Kentucky Horse Park and straight to the top of the leaderboard on the first day of dressage at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN. Slotted in second is Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z, while Buck Davidson sits closely in third with Park Trader.

Last to go in the first half of the day, Vogg and the Westphalian gelding kicked off their first time at the event with a bang—and an impressive score of 28. The duo’s lead held for the remainder of the day. “The best part was probably the salute at the end and riding out to see the score and the applause of the crowd,” Vogg said at the end of his test. “It made me really happy to have that feeling [Colero] took that atmosphere and that something like this is not challenging for him—he just does it.” “I’m pretty happy, he did a good test,” Vogg continued later. “We tried something new, I didn’t warm him up too long, and it worked out quite well. He’s the kind of horse that just doesn’t take his atmosphere too seriously. He always puts in a good test and if I ride well, he does what I want.”

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With a 30.9, Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z, a Dutch Warmblood gelding, sit in third. The team, who has already had one heck of a start 2019 with top finishes at the Carolina International and The Fork, rode past a few missteps during the flying changes to finish the day in second. “It’s never easy being third to go, and I really felt he gave me everything he had. I was a little disappointed with the score, I’m not going to lie. He does struggle with his changes and he did today, but I’m thrilled with the horse. He gave me everything and pushed hard and did phenomenal trot work. And, once he understands the mechanics of the flying changes, he’ll get those too,” Halliday-Sharp said.

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Rounding out the top three at the end of day one is Davidson and Park Trader with a 32.1; Davidson also sits in fifth with another of his mounts for the event, Jak My Style. “Park Trader isn’t fantastic at this phase, but he is maturing and getting better, finally, at the age of 17. He did as well as he could possibly do, he did all the flying changes as well as he could do them. He did everything as well as he knows how,” Davidson said of the Irish Sport Horse gelding.

The final 22 riders take to the sandbox tomorrow to finish off the first phase. See all of Equine Journal’s photos from dressage here.

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