The Horse Inspection is really the first ‘competition’ of an event. So much at stake after a long trailer ride. For Josh Rector, an accident on his trip from Virginia may have contributed to one of his horses being declared “not fit to compete” by the jury. (An additional horse was presented but for being on the grounds but not competing.)
The jury, headed by Klaus Christ, with Martha Nicoll, Joaquin Medina, Mark Weintein, and Hardy Zantke, held several horses and ponies for reinspection, but all but Rector’s passed.
60% chance of rain at 3 p.m. meant that just a few sprinkles fell through the Spanish moss covered trees that surround the area where the handlers walk their horses and ponies while they wait their turn to jog on the macadam surface.