The start field for the 2018 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is even smaller following the first horse inspection as one horse was withdrawn from the hold and one wasn’t accepted.
Five horses were sent to the hold box and then accepted upon reinspection: Spring Easy (Caroline Martin), Paddy the Caddy (Erin Sylvester), Qorry Blue D’Argouges (Colleen Loach), Polaris (Sara Gumbiner), and Sound Prospect (Alexandra Knowles).
Johnny Royale, ridden by Joe Meyer, was sent to the hold box and Meyer decided to withdraw him from the competition. Mettraise, ridden by Erin Sylvester, was sent to the hold and then not accepted upon reinspection.
Two additional horses had withdrawn before the horse inspection; Pebbly Maximus, ridden by Caroline Martin, and Revitavet Capato, ridden by Jordan Linstedt. So, there will be 46 horses moving forward to dressage.
Dressage gets underway tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. with Buck Davidson and Park Trader. This will be the first four-star since the removal of the dressage multiplier. According to USEA’s partner, EquiRatings, “The result of the removal of the multiplier is that dressage scores will be more tightly bunched going into the jumping phases and at this level, cross-country will the most influential phase - with dressage just behind and then show jumping (dressage is still the main influencer when you look at the sport across all levels).”
“We are going to see much lower scores in the first phase, a 45 in the old system is a 30 now,” continued EquiRatings. “So expect those top horses to be scoring in the twenties. If you want to break a course record, you need to hit the TEENS in the first phase with Bettina Hoy’s 2009 score on Ringwood Cockatoo being translated to a 19.2 opening score in the new system. Big opening scores won’t be enough at this venue, it will be about finishing on that score. Make no mistake, this will be a test of who can add the least to their dressage score. Every second lost on the cross-country course, and every pole down, is likely to see snakes and ladders on the leader board that we are not used to. Even the day before it begins, the data is suggesting this promises to be one of the most dramatic Kentuckys in recent years.”
While you are waiting for the action to get underway tomorrow catch up on all of the photos from today’s horse inspection, including some outtakes! Haven’t had a chance to see who is competing this year? We have you covered with a full roster of facts!
A total of ten USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) graduates are now in the race to Le Lion! The 2021 FEI Eventing World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Mondial du Lion in Le Lion d’Angers, France will be held on October 21-24. The 6-year-old Championship is a CCIYH2*-L and the 7-year-old Championship is a CCIYH3*-L.
“Schooling shows are about learning, not about being intimidated,” says Miranda Kettlewell, VP of Dressage for Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association (CDCTA).
For horses and riders, schooling shows are a great way to practice without the added stress and expense of a recognized or sanctioned competition. Venues and clubs can offer schooling shows as a way to open the door to their communities, increase their revenue or membership, and partner with local businesses.
US Equestrian has announced a horse substitution for the U.S. Eventing Olympic Team ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Luke Syndicate's Luke 140, the selected mount for Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.), will be replaced by Martin’s first direct reserve, Tsetserleg, a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner, Thomas Turner, and Tommie Turner. Luke 140 sustained a minor injury during his training preparation and has been withdrawn from consideration for the team but is expected to make a full recovery.
If we go along with the edict that preparation is everything, then getting the warm-up right for each phase at a competition is crucial and should be treated as though it is as important as what happens inside the arena or on the course. CCI5* rider Jennie Brannigan gives us her top tips for a good warm-up for the jumping phases.