Course-designer Derek di Grazia says the cross-country track for this year’s Rolex Kentucky Horse Trials “differs quite a lot” to last year’s test.

“It goes different places and there are a lot of new lines,” explains Derek, who is designing here for the fifth time. “Most of the jumps which we are using from last year are in different places.”

The team who build the course at the Kentucky Horse Park have had a particularly challenging time this year because of the wet weather in the build-up.

“I was here three weeks ago setting out the jumps and everything was great, then the next day the heavens opened. Over the next two days there was record rainfall and then flooding,” says Derek. “It undid a lot of the work which had already been done and some of the groundworks done in the fall [autumn]. The water took the gravel, turf, everything and washed it away.

It’s amazing what’s been done in the past 19 days — the builders have done a fantastic job.”

This year’s course is 6,320m long and the optimum time is 11min 6sec.

Fence 1: Charles Owen Flower Box

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Fence 2: Bliss Of London Stepped Table

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Fence 3: John Deere Open Oxer

3

 

Fence 4abc: Bob Mickler’s Market Moguls

4a

 

4ab

 

4bc

 

4c

 

Fence 5: Bit of Britain Double Brush

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Fence 6: Animals To Wear Trakehner

6

 

Fence 7ab: United States Pony Club The Frog Pond

7a

 

7b

 

Fence 8 and 9ab: Bridgestone Park Question

Fence 8 — direct route on right, alternative on left

8-1

 

Looking over direct route fence 8 to direct route fence 9a (ditch) and 9b (brush)

9-1ab

 

Direct route 9b

9-1b

 

Alternative fence 8

8alt

 

Alternative fence 9a (ditch in reverse direction)

9-2aalt

 

Fence 10: BobCat Company Tobacco Stripping Bench

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Fence 11: Equis, LLC Ditch Brush

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Fence 12: NIKE Gold Hillside Cabins

The fastest route is over the right-hand cabin to the left-hand log into water (13a)

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Fence 13abc and 14: Rolex Head of the Lake

Direct route 13a, with 13bc (arrowhead) in background

13-1a

 

Direct route 13bc

13-1bc

 

Direct route 14

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Direct route 14

14-2

 

Alternative 13b

13balt

 

Alternative 13c

13calt

 

Alternative 14

14-3alt

 

Fence 15: Maker’s Mark Distillery Picnic Table

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Fence 16abc: Dubarry of Ireland Mounds

16a

 

16ab

 

16b

 

Fence 17: Nutrena Cedar Oxer

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Fence 18abc: Land Rover North America Land Rover Hollow

18a

 

Looking over fence 18a at the direct route over 18b, with alternative 18b to right

18ab

 

Direct route 18b

18b

 

Direct route 18c

18c

 

Alternative 18b

18balt

 

Alternative 18c

18calt

 

Fence 19ab: Central Equipment & Kubota Horse Park Barns

This fence offers a choice of lines between the two rolltops

19ab

 

19b

 

Fence 20: EquiFlex Sleeve Fallen Tree

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Fence 21ab: SmartPak Opposing Corners

Direct route

21-1ab

 

21-1b

 

Alternative fence 21a

21-2aalt

 

Fence 22: GLC Direct, LLC The Footbridge

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Fence 23abc: FEI Classics Series Normandy Bank

23ab

 

23bc

 

23c

 

Alternative 23b

23b-alt

 

Fence 24ab: United States Eventing Association Foxes’ Den

24a

 

24b

 

Alternative 24b

24b-alt

 

Fence 25: United States Equestrian Federation Stick Pile

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Fence 26abc: Cosequin-Nutramax Laboratories Water Park

26a

 

26ab

 

26b

 

26c

 

Fence 27: Purina Animal Nutrition Wattle and Daub Cottage

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Fence 28ab: Devoucoux, Inc Sod Top Cabins

28-1a

 

28-1ab

 

28-1b

 

Alternative fence 28a

28a-alt

 

Fence 29: Platinum Performance: Produce Stand

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More updates from Kentucky online all week. Full report in H&H next week, out Thursday, 30 April.