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2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event: Dressage Day One

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Dressage is halfway complete at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day event CCI5*-L.

Currently in first is Yasmin Ingham of Great Britain and 2011 Selle Français gelding Banzai Du Loir set the bar high with a 26.1, securing her a 5-point lead.

Yasmin Ingham during dressage at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event
Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir. Photo by Mary Cage

“His test overall had some really nice highlights overall. We’ve been working on getting more expression in the trot… he has so much presence,” Ingham said.

She added, “His first centerline could have been a little straighter, I think. That’s something I’ll go home and work on.”

Yasmin Ingham pats Banzai du Lour after a successful round of dressage at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event
Yasmin Ingham smiles as she pats Banzai du Loir on their way out of the dressage ring at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Mary Cage

Kirsty Chabert, also from Great Britain, sits in second on a 30 riding Classic IV, a 2009 Anglo European mare.

“At 15 years old, she’s improving. Hopefully she’s a really nice bottle of red wine and just keeps maturing with age,” Chabert said of Classic IV.

Kirsty Chabert and Classic VI
Kirsty Chabert and Classic VI. Photo by Mary Cage

When asked about how she feels about the remainder of the weekend and her competition, she added that no matter how the final results settle, “I’ve got my own goals that I’d like to achieve.”

Only 0.1 point behind is German rider Malin Hansen-Hotopp and 2012 Holsteiner gelding Carlitos Quidditch K. A 30.1 puts her in third.

Malin Hansen-Hotopp and Carlitos Quidditch K
Malin Hansen-Hotopp and Carlitos Quidditch K. Photo by Mary Cage

“I got him from a friend as a 5-year-old and she asked me to ride him for a young horse competition,” Hansen-Hotopp said.

After some hesitation with having other horses to ride and young kids, she agreed to give it a go. “He was really grumpy, bucking all the time… but he did a great job when he was jumping.”

With her husband’s support she bought him and since then their partnership has gone “up and up and up.”

In the Cosequin Lexington CCI4*-S, Boyd Martin and Commando 3 sit in first on a 28.9. William Coleman holds both second and third with a 29.9 on Diabolo and a 30.1 with Off the Record.

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Shoshana Rudski

Shoshana Rudski is the barn manager at Lucky Dog Eventing in Lexington, Ky., and freelances as a competition groom. She also in teaches and competes her own and client horses in eventing and dressage. Rudski is a graduate of Wilson College where she majored in Equine Journalism and minored in Communications and Political Science. She owns and competes Izzy, a pony-mutt-thing, in eventing and dressage. Every so often they will dabble in the jumper ring, and when Rudski is really feeling spritely a hunter appearance may occur. She has "done the working student thing" for Playland Equestrian Center and Schramm Equestrian and has a habit of mucking stalls late into the night in exchange for lessons. In her spare time, Rudski plays with her pet rats and ferret, and will occasionally make a superb chick pea salad.


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