Come hear what our beloved Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event cross-country course designer has in store for us this year on Thursday, April 13, 2022 at 7 p.m. CDT! Join Eric Dierks in a livestream interview with one of the world's most sought-after cross-country course designers. Listen in on how Derek puts his imagination behind his courses and what he hopes to achieve while competitors navigate their way around his challenging, thought-provoking tracks. He may even share some secrets he has planned for this year's Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event!
Derek di Grazia is an American cross-country course-designer who has been responsible for the five-star course at the Kentucky Three-Day Event since 2011 and for the track at Burghley Horse Trials. He was also the designer for the track at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Like many course-designers, Derek has ridden at the top level—he won Kentucky in 1985 on Sasquatch in the days before star classification when it was simply an international advanced three-day event.
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