The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships will take place later this month at the Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) in Lexington, Va. across May 27-30. Following the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, the USEA is working with VHT organizer Andy Bowles to ensure the Championships are still a destination competition for all Intercollegiate event riders, packed full with an opening ceremony, the traditional “college town” area, the prestigious spirit award, and an abundance of prizes.
Alyssa Phillips, who put in the fastest cross-country ride in yesterday’s CCI4*-S cross-country aboard her 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Oskar (Coriando x Nicole) was sitting in second place heading into the Rolex stadium this morning. With just 2.9 points separating her and overnight leaders Tamra Smith and En Vogue, Phillips promised to put the pressure on. Sure enough, the rider who says she competes better under pressure, laid down a double clear round, leaving Smith with no room for error.
In the days leading up to cross-country at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day presented by MARS Equestrian, riders were saying this year’s courses looked big and bold. Derek di Grazia is famous for creating cross-country courses that generally give the riders a spook when walking around for the first time, but are optimally designed to reward a forward, galloping horse, inevitably building their confidence as they go around.
Riders at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian are saying that this year’s cross-country courses look big. Some say this is the largest five-star track they’ve seen here, by longtime course designer Derek di Grazia. “It’s big, it’s bold” and “Derek is a genius” are common statements to be heard around the horse park this week.
Yesterday’s three-way tie was broken today in the CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Tamra Smith, Doug Payne, and Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp were joint leaders on a score of 28.1 in yesterday’s portion of the dressage, but 25 horses completed the CCI4*-S division today, and two pairs bested the three-way tie to take over.
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.
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.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is happy to announce the dates, locations, and judges for the USEA Future Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships offer classes for yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds to evaluate their potential for becoming successful upper-level event horses.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the dates, locations, and judges for The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse Championships in 2021. The Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships offer classes for 4-year-old and 5-year-old horses which includes a dressage test, conformation evaluation, and a jumping/gallop test.