A total of 44 horses for the CCI5*L, and 22 horses for the CCI4*S will move onto show jumping at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Today’s final horse inspection started at 8:00 a.m. with the CCI4*-S horses going first and they were presented in front of the ground jury of Mark Weissbecker (USA) and Helen Brettell (GBR), and the veterinary delegate Karen Nyrop, DVM (USA).
The CCI5*-L final horse inspection started shortly after at 8:45 a.m. and 45 horses were presented to the ground jury of A total of 63 horses were presented to the ground jury of Christina Klingspor (SWE), Robert Stevenson (USA), Peter Gray (CAN), and the veterinary delegate Karen Nyrop, DVM (USA).
The ground jury of the CCI5*-L sent four horses to the holding box - the two-time Kentucky Champion, Cooley Master Class ridden by Oliver Townend, Fernhill Singapore ridden by Phillip Dutton, Quantum Leap ridden by Doug Payne, and Bendigo ridden by Ema Klugman. All passed upon reinspection except for Cooley Master Class. Unfortunately, Cooley Master Class was not accepted and is the only horse to not move forward onto show jumping after the final horse inspection.
Oliver Townend commented after the final horse inspection. "I'm just really sad, he's picked up a bit of a cut. He's sore but at the same time I hopped on and gave him a little ride this AM. He's sound to ride, he's very fresh, he’s well in himself. he would have jumped well. Unfortunately, he didn't present well and obviously the welfare of the horse is paramount in our sport and that's their decision to make their job to decide. It's very sad for me and very sad for the team. but he's still in one piece. He's very very happy and well in himself. He had a little buck on the way down from the trot ups. It's more of a frustration than anything else but he's 100 percent well in him self," said Townend on Cooley Master Class.
The CCI4*-S will have all 22 horses move onto show jumping. There was only one horse sent to the holding box - Riviera Lu ridden by Meaghan Marinovich Burdick but was later accepted upon reinspection.
The MARS Equestrian Best Turned Out Horse Award in the CCI4*-S was awarded to Albano who is ridden by Bobby Meyerhoff and groomed by Kirsten Daniels. The MARS Equestrian Best Turned Out Horse Award in the CCI5*-L was awarded to Diachello ridden by Jesse Campbell and groomed by Hannah McLean.
The CCI4*-S show jumping will start at 10:45 a.m. and the CCI5*-L show jumping will start at 1:30 p.m.
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This afternoon, USEA President Louise “Lou” Leslie welcomed U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Board of Governors members, USEA staff, and USEA Annual Meeting & Convention attendees to the first of two Board meetings which will take place during this year’s Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, with the teaser that 2024 is going to be full of initiatives for more opportunities to access the eventing experience, some of which attendees might get first wind of during this year’s gathering. The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place Dec. 7-10 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel.
Welcome to the Show Me state and to Area IV USEA members! The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention kicks of tomorrow and features four full days of educational seminars, committee meetings, and social gatherings all with one aim—to bring the eventing community together to continue to improve upon and celebrate the sport that we all love. This year’s Convention takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in downtown St. Louis from Dec. 7-10, and we have rounded up everything you need to know to make the most of your time in the heartland.
To accompany the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, USEA Educational Partner STRIDER has prepared Digital Resources to Maximize Education & Access for the Eventing Community. In keeping with the USEA’s mission to expand the sport of eventing, this webinar outlines ways in which digital tools can be leveraged to increase access and education across equestrian opportunities. As part of STRIDER’s popular Professional Development Webinar Series, this presentation aims to provide a quick overview of best practices and digital tools used across the equestrian industry to boost growth.
Every horse who participated this year in the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program has a story—a background that involves a breeder who labored over bloodlines, veterinary care, initial training, and so much more. This year’s highest-placing U.S.-bred horse in the 5-year-old division at the Dutta Corp./USEA Young Event Horse Championships, Arden Augustus, is no exception. His breeder and owner, Anita Antenucci of Arden Farms in Upperville, Virginia, started her program nine years ago and said that the Warmblood gelding was a more emotionally driven breeding for her than others due to his connections with Antenucci’s long-time friend Sharon White.