Oliver Townend, the winner of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian won $130,000 in prize money, a new Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, and a 12-month lease for a 2019 Land Rover Discovery. Based on where they placed, the top 20 competitors also shared proportionally in the $400,000 pot of prize money.
Team Great Britain/Switzerland won the Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge. Oliver Townend/Cooley Master Class; Piggy French/Quarrycrest Echo; Felix Vogg/Calero; and Leslie Law/Voltaire De Tre' split the $200,000 prize.
The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian, also presented a number of other prizes and awards. Most of the awards were supplied by L.V. Harkness, the event's official award supplier. Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, L.V. Harkness & Co. offers a wide selection of equestrian-themed pieces, fine tableware, decorative home accents, and exquisite gift items including china and porcelain, silver, leather and crystal, as well as beautiful trophies of all styles.
L.V. Harkness supplied the commemorative silver cup given to the owner of the winning horse, Angela Hilsop who owns Cooley Master Class, ridden by Oliver Townend. The breeder, John Hagan, received a silver conus vessel on an ebony wood vase. The highest-placed international rider, Townend, also took home a custom silver claret.
The highest-placed owner/rider Lillian Heard, who rode LCC Barnaby, received a cut crystal vase, while the highest-placed young rider went to Chris Talley riding Unmarked Bills who took home a silver scallop bowl with horse heads on both sides.
A stirrup adorned ice bucket was given to the Equistro Oldest Horse Completing, Harbour Pilot, ridden by Hannah Sue Burnett. Harbour Pilot is a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse.
The winner of the 2019 Land Rover USEF CCI5*-L presented by Mars Equestrian Championship, Boyd Martin and Christine Turner's Tsetserleg, took home the Roger Haller perpetual trophy, a bronze created by Olympic bronze medalist Kerry Milliken.
The groom of the winning horse, Susie Cooper, took home an engraved glass cookie jar, a bouquet of flowers, a ceramic from Ouisha, and a cash gift from Susan Domonkos in honor of her mother Jane Ginn, as well as a check for $500 from EEI.
Other special awards given out on the final day of competition included the FLAIR Protect and Perform Award given to the highest-placed horse and rider pair using FLAIR nasal strips during both the cross-country and show jumping phases. This year's winning pair was Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class.
The Equis Sportsmanship Award was given to Buck Davidson, who fell and broke his collarbone on his first horse on Cross Country, but who stayed on the grounds to help and cheer on his fellow competitors. The prize of luxury clothing and tack from Equis Boutique is chosen by the competitors and is given to the rider who "throughout the competition exemplifies the spirit of the event, serves as a good role model for the sport, respects others and overall exudes a positive demeanor and attitude."
The Mars Equestrian Best Turned Out Horse Award for the best turned out horse at the first horse inspection was awarded to Leslie Law's Voltaire De Tre' and his groom Isabel Holden. The Shapeley's Groom's Award is given to the best groomed horse in the show jumping phase. The winner this year was Emma Ford, groom for Phillip Dutton's Z.
The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, May 5, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT. It will also be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on June 23, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT. USEFNetwork.com will live stream the competition in its entirety - including the two CSI jumping classes - in the U.S. and abroad. Competition will also be archived and available on demand.
Further information on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian is available at www.KentuckyThreeDayEvent.com.
Yesterday Andreas Dibowski said that he was ready for the “fun stuff” and today he had the chance to share his knowledge of both show jumping and cross-country to a large audience who attended day two of the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium. The morning started out in the ring at Barnstaple South with three groups of riders – Beginner Novice, Training, and Preliminary, and three groups of the same levels took to the cross-country in the afternoon. While the exercises and jumps got progressively harder throughout the day, the warm-ups and themes stayed the same.
A horse’s first steps out in the cross-country field determine the foundation upon which his entire cross-country education will be laid. How can you give your horse the best chance of success? What are some of the ways you can help teach your horse about cross-country jumping?
The USEA Educational Symposium is a unique opportunity each winter for eventers to gather together to soak in knowledge. The first two days of the 2020 Symposium focus on the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) with attendees learning how to be better, more effective instructors. German Olympian and world-renowned rider Andreas Dibowski is this year’s guest instructor and he spent the first day dedicated to dressage with one Advanced show jumping group to wrap-up the day. Dibowski taught the instructors to teach using demo riders and horses from Beginner Novice to Advanced of all ages, breeds, and sizes.
In episode #251 Nicole catches up with Buck Davidson after his great second-place finish in the $50,000 MARS Eventing Showcase and then brings you all of the latest USEA news with the rest of the team. From tornadoes, prize money, and volunteers, it's all covered!