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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The 18th annual Jersey Fresh International (JFI) gets underway this afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J. The CCI4*-L is the final selection trial for the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this summer so all eyes will be on the stacked field.
This year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L was on April 21-25 and was the first five-star event to take place in the U.S. since 2019. The entry list had the best riders in the world, previous Kentucky champions, Olympic hopefuls, and horses who have been eventing in the U.S. since they were 4 years old.
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