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.
Nestled among the Wasatch Mountain Range in Ogden, Utah lies the Golden Spike Event Center, home of the Golden Spike Horse Trials. For the past 32 years, the Wasatch Pony Club has organized the Golden Spike Horse Trials, welcoming riders from all over the West to experience the beauty of Utah and one of two USEA recognized events in the state.
The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) will host East, West, and Central Championships in September 2019. The West Coast Championships will take place at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California on September 19. The Central Championships will move to Snowdonia Farms in Tomball, Texas the following Thursday, September 26 with the East Coast quickly following Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29 at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland.
Eventing lost a wonderful man Sunday, June 23 as Donald Trotter passed away peacefully after battling a short illness. Trotter was a key contributor through his volunteerism to the sport of eventing. Together, Trotter and his wife, Pam Duffy, owned Sunsprite Warmbloods, breeding and placing many top horses.
Tune into this special episode of the USEA Podcast for an exclusive interview with Major General Jonathan R. Burton. This interview was recorded in 2011.