With snow taking the place of spectators, the first day of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by MARS Equestrian looked much different than any other year. A total of 63 horses were presented today (Wednesday, April 21) to the ground jury of Christina Klingspor (SWE), Robert Stevenson (USA), Peter Gray (CAN), and the veterinary delegate Karen Nyrop, DVM (USA).
The first to present were the non-U.S.-based horses including the two-time defending champion, Cooley Master Class and Oliver Townend, as well as the 2018 Badminton champion, Classic Moet and Jonelle Price. Following the international horses were the U.S. riders who had multiple horses including William Coleman, Boyd Martin, Buck Davidson, and Phillip Dutton who each have three horses competing.
All 63 horses presented were accepted on the first presentation. The CCI5*-L dressage will start tomorrow, Thursday, April 22 after the CCI4*-S morning dressage session. Jonelle Price and Grappa Nera will be the first to go down the centerline in the CCI5*-L at 12:23 p.m.
Presented by Dubarry, the best dressed female was awarded to Meghan O’Donoghue and the best dressed male was Will Faudree.
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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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