The Sunday morning horse inspection at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event was the most seamless horse inspection the crowds in Lexington, Ky. have seen before. All 31 horses that completed cross-country yesterday showed up to present this morning, and all of them were accepted.
The Ground Jury of Christina Klingspor (SWE), Martin Plewa (GER) and Mark Weissbecker (USA) accompanied by Dr. Karen Nyrop saw 31 healthy and happy horses this morning, and they didn’t need a second look at any of them. None of the horses were asked to represent, none of them were sent to the hold box, nor were any of them spun. The grooms, riders and their full teams took exceptional care of the horses that came off of the grueling CCI5*-L cross-country course yesterday, showing a true test of horsemanship.
It takes a village to keep these horses healthy and sound at the top level of the sport, and the announcer asked the crowds to give a round of applause to the grooms and teams for turning out such strong and healthy horses this morning.
Richard Jeffery’s show jumping course will be open for riders to walk at 11:00 a.m. this morning, followed by opening ceremonies at noon. The first rider will enter the arena at 1:00 p.m. and riders will jump in reverse order of their current placing, leaving Boyd Martin and Oliver Townend to jump last in the Rolex Arena. It will be an exciting finale to a great weekend of horse sport, with no room for a rail at the top placings. Click here to follow along with show jumping.
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From the time we begin jumping, we are always working on perfecting the canter. Throughout my career I’ve been lucky to train with a variety of top professionals and each had their tried and true method for developing the right canter to jump a clear round. The best instructors have their own methods for helping their students recognize this “perfect” canter.
In 1984, 19-year-old Cindy Rawson (née Collier) and a chestnut mare named Deer Creek finished their first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. In spite of a fall on the cross-country, they completed inside the time and with a clear show- jumping round finished the event in 13th place.
For Martin Douzant, experience is everything. As the owner and operator of The Frame Sport Horses based in The Plains, Virginia, Douzant has been able to build a successful training business on a foundation of great education, involvement across equestrian disciplines, and a distinct reverence for the horse.
The USEA Volunteer Committee is pleased to announce a new Volunteer Medal Program has been added to the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program presented by Sunsprite Warmbloods (VIP) starting this year. The Volunteer Medal Program will recognize the volunteers who consistently volunteer year after year.