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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Following yesterday’s downpour, the temperatures for the final jog this morning were brisk but the CCI5*-L horses remained professional for the last horse inspection leading into show jumping later today. Of the 35 pairs set to move forward with the final phase of competition, only 34 presented to judges Angela Tucker (GBR), Martin Plewa (GER), and Mark Weissbecker after Lisa Marie Fergusson opted not to bring forward her own 15-year-old Welsh/Thoroughbred gelding (Brynarian Brennin x Dream Contessa) Honor Me.
After a jam-packed week, the final day of competition at the Maryland 5 Star is upon us. Riders have shown off their style in the horse inspection, danced their way down the centerline in dressage, and contested some serious obstacles in cross-country up until this point. Now it's time to demonstrate the fitness and accuracy that each horse possesses in the final phase: show jumping.
It was a great day of cross-country riding at the Maryland 5 Star. There were 35 horses who crossed the finish and 11 of those finished double clear. With British, French, New Zealand, Canadian, and American riders coming through the finish flags – it was a true world class competition. The USEA was at the finish to see what the riders thought of the very first Maryland 5 Star cross-country track designed by Ian Stark.
Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the livestream of the 2021 Maryland 5 Star cross-country? Couldn’t be there in person to trek up the hills? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Ian Stark’s cross-country course which gave both the designer and the riders many sleepless nights, but ended up riding quite well for the majority of the field.