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Gov. Steve Beshear's daughter-in-law competes in Rolex Kentucky

Gov. Steve Beshear watches in the background as Emily Beshear, USA, aboard Here's To You talks with her trainer before competing during the second day of the Dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 27, 2012. Photo by 13828
Gov. Steve Beshear watches in the background as Emily Beshear, USA, aboard Here's To You talks with her trainer before competing during the second day of the Dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 27, 2012. Photo by 13828 ©2012 Herald-Leader

Imagine riding in your first four-star, Olympic level eventing competition in front of your father-in-law — who happens to be the governor of Kentucky.

Emily Beshear and her Thoroughbred, former racehorse Here's To You, took the challenge in stride, scoring a respectable 53.8, good for 21st place out of 57 competitors, in Friday's dressage competition.

Beshear said competing in the Rolex Kentucky four-star has been her dream since she rode here as a girl of 14. Now 34 and the mother of 9-year-old Nicholas, she's trying to ride like it's any other contest.

But having a good Rolex Kentucky with her whole family there to cheer her on "would make it very special."

Beshear is married to Jeff Beshear, an equine vet in Charlottesville, Va., and the son of Gov. Steve and Jane Beshear.

The governor said his fingers were crossed, particularly for Saturday's cross-country jumping phase.

"It's exciting, and nerve-wracking," Beshear said. "It's exciting that she's competing at this level."

Jane Beshear said she was happy to see so many Thoroughbreds in this year's Rolex Kentucky. And she was sure Emily would do well.

"Her confidence has given us all confidence," Jane Beshear said. "This has been her dream."

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