It’s the week eventing fans wait all year for – the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian. Tomorrow eventing enthusiasts will descend upon the Kentucky Horse Park to take in all of the action of the only CCI5*-L in the western hemisphere.
42 horses are set to present at the first horse inspection this afternoon – making it the smallest field since 2008.
Eight countries will be represented this year with riders from the United States, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, and Great Britain.
A U.S. rider hasn’t won Kentucky since 2008, but the home country makes up 62% of the field this year – do you think this is the year someone will follow in Phillip Dutton’s footsteps?
There are two previous Kentucky Three-Day Event winners entered this year, Oliver Townend and Phillip Dutton, and they go back-to-back as numbers 44 and 45.
Four riders are making their five-star debut. Chris Talley is the youngest at 25, followed by Ariel Grald (30), Dominic Schramm (31), and Matthew Flynn (35).
The average age of the riders is 36. Phillip Dutton is the oldest at 55 and Hallie Coon is the youngest at 24.
It has been eight years since a female ride stood at the top of the podium at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. With 15 males and 22 females entered, will a woman best the boys this year?
There are 12 U.S.-bred horses entered with Ireland being the next most prevalent with 11.
Just four mares are entered this year: Celine, Indy 500, Jollybo, and Cecelia.
The field includes 12 Thoroughbreds hailing from the U.S., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and France. The next most common breed is the Irish Sport Horse with 11 horses.
30% of the horses competing this weekend are running in their first five-star.
Three horses in this year's field are graduates of the USEA Young Event Horse Program: Pfun, Indy 500, and Tsetserleg.
23% of the LRK3DE field also competed at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon: Quarrycrest Echo, Z, Honor Me, Cecelia, Qorry Blue d’Argouges, Jollybo, Glenfly, Tseterleg, Tight Lines, Colero, and Vermiculus.
Christina Klingspor (SWE) is the President of the Ground Jury alongside Ground Jury members Martin Plewa (GER) and Mark Weissbecker (USA). Philip Surl (GBR) is the Technical Delegate, assisted by Gretchen Butts (USA).
Derek di Grazia (USA) is serving as the cross-country course designer for the eighth year.
Richard Jeffery (GBR) will design his 21st Kentucky Three-Day Event show jumping course this weekend.
The USEA Event College will be in session this week at the Kentucky Horse Park and we'll be sharing virtual lessons on topics including organizing a five-star event, packing for Kentucky, and cooling down after cross-country, instructed by top professionals like Vanessa Coleman, Sam Burton, Buck Davidson, and more! Click here to view videos from the USEA Event College. For more information about the Event College at LRK3DE, click here.
Many a Kentucky attendee over the years has left the Kentucky Horse Park at the end of the weekend with a considerably lighter wallet after taking a stroll through the Sponsor Village. For a list of trade fair vendors and a map of the sponsor village, click here.
You can sign up for a free US Equestrian Fan Membership to watch the USEF Network Live Stream using the promo code “LRK3DE19” by clicking here. The live stream will be available here starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday morning.
Download the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event App to keep everything from schedule and scores to shopping and more right at your fingertips. Click to download for iOS and Android.
This past weekend, the footing of the new arenas at the Fair Hill Special Event Zone saw its very first hoofprints as competitors in the CCI3*-S at Fair Hill International also participated in the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill Test Event. The new Fair Hill Special Event Zone, which has been specially designed with the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in mind, consists of three brand-new arenas on the infield of the recently upgraded iconic turf track and a new cross-country course designed by Ian Stark.
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Conditioning makes the horse fit and increases his endurance performance with less wear and tear on feet and legs. The idea is to work his heart and lungs in short intervals, let him recover a bit, then work him again. The following schedule for Training level horse provides an introduction for the horse and rider at the lower levels to the principle of interval training.
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