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Jennifer Wooten-DaFoe’s “The Good Witch” suffered a fall at the Double Diamonds on the cross-country course at the 2009 Rolex Three Day Four-Star Event. Luckily neither horse nor rider suffered serious injury. The Good Witch was taken back to her stall via horse ambulance but per a text to friend and fellow eventer Michelle Emmermann, “Pooh” took a bad step but is sound.
Other west coast riders had mixed results at the RK3DE. Jolie Sexson on Killian O’Connor enjoyed the greatest success, finishing 18th out of the original 52 riders.
Debbie Rosen and The Alchemyst originally were penalized with a run out time faults since she took the long route at the first water complex with The Alchemyst. Officials announced that her refusal would be removed from score, placing her 25th at the end of the competition. Tamara Smith retired Chaos Theory during her cross-country round due to rider injury.
Tragically, Mike Winter’s first mount Kingpin died on course. At this time, veterinary delegate Dr. Catherine Kohn said the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse had bleeding in his abdomen, possibly consistent with the rupture of a large blood vessel that had nothing to do with the fence.
Australian Lucinda Fredericks won the event on Headley Britannia off her dressage score. Husband Clayton Fredericks won in 2007, making them the second married couple in history to win the Kentucky Rolex. (David and Karen O’Connor were the first.)
“Brit didn’t put a foot wrong,” said Fredericks, “The crowd loved her, and she’s going to go into a lot of people’s hearts, and she certainly deserves it.”
Buck Davidson (Bruce Davidson, Jr.) on My Boy Bobby was the top scoring American, finishing third.