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NJ-Bred Thoroughbred Places 23rd at Land Rover Kentucky 3-Day Event

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Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack jog for the ground jury at the first horse inspection at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Credits: Redbaystock.com
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Captain Jack and Savannah Fulton compete in the show jumping phase at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 29. Credits: Retired Racehorse Project
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Sara Gumbiner and Polaris coordinate perfectly at inspection for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. They earned Best Dressed honors. Credits: Redbaystock.com
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Thoroughbred bred in New Jersey finished 23rd at the prestigious Land RoverKentucky Three-Day Event.

Captain Jack, ridden by Savannah “Woodge” Fulton, 22, of Maryland went from 44th place after dressage to 24th  after cross-country. After show jumping they were 23rd.

According to the Retired Racehorse Project website:

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Captain Jack and Fulton made their four-star debut together at Kentucky in 2017.

“Captain” raced for trainer Doug Nunn, whose brother David was, at the time, married to Jamie Dancer, who shared a barn with eventing professional Wendy Lewis, who is currently based in Millstone, N.J.

When Captain retired from racing as a 5-year-old, Nunn sent him to Dancer and Lewis to restart. 

Captain Jack didn’t necessarily look like he had four-star potential when he first started his new career, especially because he has an unorthodox jumping style. But Lewis said his heart and athleticism were apparent from the very beginning. “When you rode him, you felt like he could do anything, but to watch him, you wouldn’t think it,” she said.

Lewis competed him through preliminary, and then when she got pregnant with her second child, passed the ride along to her working student Lucy Disston, who competed him through the two-star level before she also got pregnant.

Lewis’ trainer, Buck Davidson, took the horse on to sell after the 2013 competition season, but he was a tricky ride and was hard to resell. Fulton was also riding with Davidson and working with the horse, and was eventually able to put together a syndicate to buy him in late 2014. They moved up to advanced in 2015, and did their first CCI3* at Fair Hill that October, placing 32nd.

After their successful run at Kentucky in 2017, Fulton and Captain made the trip to compete at Burghley, where they turned in another cross-country round without jumping penalties, but had to withdraw when it was discovered that Captain sustained a significant cut on a hind leg.

This spring, Fulton (who is just 22) and Captain placed 35th at the Carolina International CIC3*.

Best Dressed Rider

All the riders put their best foot forward at the first horse inspection at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, but only two received new Dubarry of Ireland boots for being best dressed.

Canada's Waylon Roberts and Sara Gumbiner of Cochranville, Pa. were the winners of a new pair of boots, presented to them at the welcome party by Dubarry of Ireland's Danny Hulse.

Gumbiner wore cream and gray suit with a matching hat that coordinated with her shining grey horse, Polaris.

About the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event:

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is the nation's premier three-day event. Known as "the best weekend all year," this multi-day competition features the world's best horses and riders vying for their share of $400,000 in prize money, as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing which is awarded to any rider who wins the Land Rover Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession. Land Rover Kentucky is one of only six annual Four Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. 

This event also serves as the Rolex/USEF CCI**** Championship for the American riders.

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, May 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT. It will also be broadcast on the Olympic Channel on May 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. USEFNetwork.com livestreamed the competition in its entirety. Competition will also be archived and available on demand.

For further information: www.kentuckythreedayevent.com

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