On Thursday morning, the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event will begin as the first horse canters down the center line in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Forty-three horse-and-rider combinations are set to tackle the only CCI5*-L in North America this year, with entries from eight different countries from around the world.
Each year the field is made up of horses and riders just starting out at the five-star level to seasoned five-star veterans, ranging in age from younger stars just beginning their careers at the five-star level to older, more experienced competitors. Every horse and rider has a story behind the journey that has brought them to Kentucky to compete at the highest level the sport of eventing has to offer.
To help you get to know this year’s field of competitors, we’ve collected data on every horse and rider as well as fun facts about the pairs to get you excited for this weekend’s competition. Click below to check out the USEA’s 2019 LRK3DE Roster! If you're going to be on site this weekend, you can also stop by the USEA Booth (to the right when you exit the Rolex Stadium across from the Buck Davidson statue) and pick up your copy there.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Fast Facts, which will be packed full of interesting information about the event as well as everything you need to know to follow along, whether you’re going to be on site in Kentucky or watching from home.
Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.