Apr 21, 2021

Fast Facts: 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff

While the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian will look very different this year with spectators not allowed under the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, fans will still be able to tune into every minute of action via the live stream and wall-to-wall coverage on the USEA’s website and social media. The 2021 LRK3DE gets underway this afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Here’s what you need to know:

The CCI5*-L Field:

  • 63 horses are set to present at the first horse inspection this afternoon – 23 more than came forward in 2019.
  • Eight countries are represented this year with pairs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S.
  • U.S. riders make up 62% of the field, but we haven’t had a home-side victory since 2008. Do you think this is the year that the title will stay in America?
  • There are four previous Kentucky winners entered this year: Oliver Townend, Phillip Dutton, William Fox-Pitt, and Clayton Fredericks. Fox-Pitt has won the event three times (2010, 2012, and 2014) and Townend is looking to match that figure as he brought back his two-time winner Cooley Master Class.
  • There are six riders making their five-star debut: Emily Hamel, Michael Pendleton, Fylicia Barr, Zoe Crawford, Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride, and Ema Klugman.
The ages of the CCI5*-L Horses.
  • The average age of the 2021 Kentucky field is 39 with Phillip Dutton the oldest at 57 and Ema Klugman the youngest at 23.
  • A female rider hasn’t stood atop the podium since 2011 when Mary King won with Kings Temptress. With 22 males and 27 females entered, will a woman best the boys this year?
  • Germany and Ireland tied for breeding the most horses with 14 each and the U.S. with 13.
  • There are nine mares entered this year: Stella Artois, Jollybo, On Cue, Classic Moet, K.E.C. Zara, RF Scandalous, Galloway Sunrise, Cecelia, and Grappa Nera.
  • There are 10 Thoroughbreds in the field hailing from six different countries: U.S., New Zealand, Australia, France, Great Britain, and Canada.
  • The most popular breed in the field is the Irish Sport Horse.
  • 44% of the horses competing this weekend are making their five-star debuts.
  • This is the first year that Kentucky is offering a CCI4*-S to run alongside the CCI5*-L and 49 pairs are entered in the inaugural class.

The Facts:

  • Gretchen Butts is the technical delegate for the CCI5*-L and Andrew Temkin is the technical delegate for the CCI4*-S. They will be assisted by Karen Winn.
  • Christina Klingspor is the president of the CCI5*-L ground jury along with members Robert Stevenson and Peter Gray. Mark Weissbecker will preside over the CCI4*-S with Helen Brettell as member.
  • The cross-country course is designed by Derek di Grazia.
  • The show jumping course will be designed by Steve Stephens.


How To Watch:

  • Within North America, the event is streaming on the USEF Network. You can sign up for a free US Equestrian Fan Membership to watch using the promo code “LRK3DE21” by clicking here. The live stream will be available here starting at 7:45 a.m. ET on Thursday morning. Find the full schedule here.
  • Outside of North America, the event is streaming on Horse & Country TV+. A subscription is required.
  • The event will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, May 2 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET and on NBCSN on Saturday, May 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.
  • The horse inspections will be broadcast on Facebook live on the Kentucky event page.

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Competition Schedule

Wednesday, April 21

  • 3:00 p.m. – First Horse Inspection (CCI5*-L only) – High Hope Inspection Lane

Thursday, April 22

  • 7:15 a.m. – Dressage Test Ride — Rolex Stadium
  • 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – CCI4*-S Dressage Tests — Rolex Stadium
  • 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. – CCI5*-L Dressage Tests — Rolex Stadium

Friday, April 23

  • 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – CCI4*-S Dressage Tests Resume — Rolex Stadium
  • 1:00 – 5:30 p.m. – CCI5*-L Dressage Tests Resume — Rolex Stadium

Saturday

  • 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. – CCI4*-S Cross-Country
  • 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. – CCI5*-L Cross-Country

Sunday

  • 7:30 a.m. – CCI4*-S and CCI5*-L Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane
  • 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. – CCI4*-S Jumping Test first group; reverse order of placing – Rolex Stadium
  • 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – CCI4*-S Jumping Test second group; reverse order of placing; awards immediately after – Rolex Stadium
  • 1:30 p.m. – CCI5*-L Course Open to Competitors – Rolex Stadium
  • 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – CCI5*-L Jumping Test first group; reverse order of placing – Rolex Stadium
  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – CCI5*-L Jumping Test second group; reverse order of placing; awards immediately after – Rolex Stadium

Did you miss our 2021 #LRK3DE Rider Roster on Monday? Click to take a look at all of the CCI5*-L competitors!

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