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.
US Equestrian has announced a horse substitution for the U.S. Eventing Olympic Team ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Luke Syndicate's Luke 140, the selected mount for Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pa.), will be replaced by Martin’s first direct reserve, Tsetserleg, a 14-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner, Thomas Turner, and Tommie Turner. Luke 140 sustained a minor injury during his training preparation and has been withdrawn from consideration for the team but is expected to make a full recovery.
If we go along with the edict that preparation is everything, then getting the warm-up right for each phase at a competition is crucial and should be treated as though it is as important as what happens inside the arena or on the course. CCI5* rider Jennie Brannigan gives us her top tips for a good warm-up for the jumping phases.
World-class equestrian competition is back with full spectator attendance and opportunities for giving back
After a one-year hiatus for spectators due to Covid-19, The Event at Rebecca Farm will be running at full strength for competitors and spectators, July 21-25. The Event draws more than 600 riders and 8,000 spectators each year to the picturesque Flathead Valley in northwest Montana.
Max Corcoran, President of the USEA & 5* event groom, joins host Nicole Brown. Talking all things from preparations & time management tips to specific top-level grooming insights. Max shares her wealth of experience with us, highlighting that knowing your horse is the most important factor when considering all elements of equine management.