Mar 21, 2013

Area V is having a very special FUNdraiser to support the Area V 2013 Championships!

Riders in Area V that have declared Professional status with the USEA have been invited to compete in the 2013 Area V Pro Pony Challenge Friday evening, March 29, before the start of the March 30-31 Texas Rose Horse Park Horse Trials. We have a very generous offer from Kim Brunson of Brunson Equestrian Center located at the Texas Rose Horse Park (TRHP) in Tyler to provide ponies for a wonderful FUNdraising opportunity to support the Area V 2013 Championships, which will be hosted by Greenwood Farm in October. The Area V Council has set a goal to raise $5,000 for the Area V Championships, and you can help us reach that goal!

The 2013 Area V Pro Pony Challenge will be held Friday night during the Wine and Cheese Party hosted by the Texas Rose Horse Park. You do not need to be entered as a competitor at the horse trials to enter the Pro Pony Challenge, but you must have declared Professional status on your membership with USEA.

Competitors in the Pro Pony Challenge will be provided a pony for the challenge which will involve bareback mounted activities. The entry fee for is $200 per rider. While this may seem a large amount, just think of the joy and admiration of students, parents, and friends that contribute to the entry, and then watch the Pros compete against their peers. Please encourage and support our Area V Pros to enter!

In honor of the special weekend celebrating Easter we will also have an Easter Bonnet Parade with the ponies. Each rider entered in the Pro Pony Challenge is requested to decorate their helmet with a matching bonnet for their pony. We will be accepting votes for the best bonnet for every rider that chooses to enter the Easter Bonnet Parade for a dollar a vote with no limit. We will be happy to accept any size bills or checks to support the Area V Championships and determine who has the finest Easter bonnet. This is another way to help us meet our goal for the Area V Championships.

Texas Rose Horse Park is hosting the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Bit of Britain, this fall, and this is an excellent way to experience what the TRHP, Texas, and Area V can do for a little fun. Mark Phillips will be at TRHP for the premier run on first Advanced Course in Area V. The 2013 Area V Pro Pony Challenge is special to him as he is the sponsor of The Mark Phillips Pony Rider Championships that will be held again during the AEC at the BN, N, and T levels for riders 16 and under on ponies 14.2 hands and under. This is a very special opportunity to fund our Area V Championships, and have a great time!

For more information visit or the Area V Eventing Facebook page. Contact USEA Area V Chair Catherine Texter Baker with any questions.

Apr 22, 2021 Competitions

One's Company, Two's a Crowd, and Three's a Party! Three Way Tie at the Top of the Kentucky CCI4*-S

There is a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after day one of dressage in the inaugural CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Twenty pairs took their turn in the Rolex arena this morning in front of judges Mark Weissbecker and Helen Brettell, with Tamra Smith and Danito securing the early lead on their score of a 28.1. Shortly after, Doug Payne and Starr Witness matched Smith’s score, and nearing the end of the division, Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine also said checkmate, as they claimed the same score of a 28.1.

Apr 22, 2021 Competitions

The Daily: LRK3DE Dressage Day 1

This year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian has already begun in dramatic fashion, with a snowstorm blanketing the Kentucky Horse Park the night before the first horse inspection. Now, the snow has melted, the spring flowers are out, and we are set with 63 combinations ready to canter into the Rolex Arena for the CCI5*-L, and 46 combinations in the CCI4*-S, after all horses passed the first inspection.

Apr 21, 2021 Competitions

All Horses Pass the First Horse Inspection at the 2021 LRK3DE

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).

Apr 21, 2021 Competitions

Fence-By-Fence: The #LRK3DE Cross-Country Preview

On Saturday morning 65 horses will leave the start box at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS to tackle Derek di Grazia's cross-country course. With 28 fences and 50 jumping efforts at 570 mpm, the horses and riders will need to be fit as they take on the highest level of the sport and the first CCI5*-L in the U.S. since 2019.

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