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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US Equestrian is pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2022 USEF Young Rider Eventing Championship. This championship will take place at the Tryon International Three-Day Event November 10-13 in Mill Spring, N.C.
Sidnee Milner and My Valentine did not become partners out of sheer coincidence. The pony and rider combination that took home the 2021 SmartPak USEA Pony of the Year award were a product of the thoughtfulness and generosity of family friend and trainer Tawn Edwards. Milner was, at the time, a young and inexperienced child rider looking for a partner to teach her the ropes of eventing; My Valentine was a well-seasoned eventing pony who knew the job of advancing young riders well and was looking for her next partner. Over their three-year relationship, the duo have accumulated various ribbons and accolades together with 2021 being the most impressive of their seasons thus far.
Updated January 18, 2022: The 2023 Eventing Calendar webinar, originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EST, has been postponed and will be rescheduled with an additional commmunication in the coming weeks.