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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There are so many things to love about the USEA Classic Series: the way the conditioning and preparation strengthens your bond with your horse, the educational opportunities to enhance your skills as a rider, and, of course, your chance to experience the rush of the classic long format three-day event. There are eight Classic Series events taking place across the U.S. in the 2022 season and they are a great goal for many horse and rider pairs to work towards. Featuring the traditional long-format phases of roads and tracks and steeplechase in addition to the three regular phases of a horse trial, a USEA Classic Series event puts partnerships to the ultimate test. For riders who have already ticked off completing a long-format event from their bucket list, looking back on the thrill of steeplechase before heading out on cross-country often comes with fond memories. Check out what these USEA riders had to say about their favorite steeplechase moments!
After traveling the world last year and campaigning on the East Coast to start this year, Julianne Guariglia’s 11-year-old Argentine Sport Horse mare Solaguayre California (Casparo x Solaguayre Calandria) returned to competition in the home state of her rider, Tamie Smith, to win the Advanced level at the Twin Rivers Summer Horse Trials held over Fourth of July Weekend in Paso Robles, California.
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It makes perfect sense that a rider would want to partner up with a wild mustang for eventing—big risk, big reward! But more importantly, big heart.