Sinead Halpin and Joe Meyer each earned a new pair of Dubarry boots as the best-dressed female and male riders at the first horse inspection, held on Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover.
Danny Hulse, from Dubarry of Ireland, presented the fashionable waterproof boots to them.
Halpin, 34, of Long Valley, N.J., wore a cream-colored sundress highlighted by a matching sun hat and a contrasting waist sash and cream-colored shoes. During the competition, Halpin is riding the striking chestnut gelding Manoir De Carneville.
Meyer, 45, of Ocala, Fla., rides for New Zealand, and he wore a kilt of blue, green and black tartan with a matching blue sweater and gray-blue knee socks. He’ll be riding Clip Clop this weekend.
The two were presented with their awards at the RK3DE Opening Reception held at historic Spindletop Hall outside of Lexington. The reception also featured the annual drawing among the competitors for a Rolex timepiece. Panda Christie, 40, the only English rider to make the trip from Great Britain to compete at Rolex Kentucky this year, was the winner of the Rolex timepiece. She’ll be carrying the Union Jack on Little Leo.
This Rolex timepiece is one of two signature watches given each year by the event’s title sponsor—the event’s winner receives the second, even-more-coveted watch on Sunday afternoon. No rider has ever won both watches in the same year.