Track and Field sprinter and American record holder Tyson Gay and Foil Fencer Lee Kiefer aren’t the only Kentucky natives in Rio this summer. Kentucky-bred retired racehorse Blackfoot Mystery competed this week in Equestrian Eventing Individual with his rider Boyd Martin.  

In individual eventing, a horse and its rider compete in three phases:  dressage, cross-country and show jumping. While Blackfoot Mystery and Martin accomplished their personal best in individual dressage on Sunday, it was their nearly penalty-free run in the cross-country leg on Monday that catapulted them in to 6 th place going in to today’s final showjumping event. In the end Germany took the Gold, France the Silver and the USA’s Phillip Dunton the Bronze.

Medal or no medal, Blackfoot Mystery’s road to the Olympics gives us one more reason to be proud of our Kentucky Thoroughbreds.

Here are some pictures from of Blackfoot Mystery and the story of how this former racehorse found his calling: 

Here’s the Paulick Report’s coverage of Blackfoot Mystery’s strong cross country performance yesterday. 

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