Forty-one horses move forward from the first horse inspection at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Forty-two horses were presented, three were sent to the hold box, and unfortunately, one was not accepted upon re-inspection. With just 41 horses entering the dressage arena across the next two days, this marks the smallest field of horses at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event since 2008.
Christina Klingspor (SWE), the President of the Ground Jury alongside Ground Jury members Martin Plewa (GER) and Mark Weissbecker (USA) sent Tactical Maneuver (Ashley Johnson), Celien (Hallie Coon) and Paddy The Caddy (Erin Sylvester) to the hold box today. Both Celien and Paddy The Caddy were accepted upon re-inspection, but unfortunately, it was not Tactical Maneuver’s day as he was not accepted after a second look by the Ground Jury.
Dressage kicks off tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (ET) with Caroline Martin riding her and Sherrie Martin’s Islandwood Captain Jack. This will be the first recorded CCI5*-L in the world since the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) adopted the new star system in 2019. The Kentucky Three-Day is also the only five-star in the western hemisphere.
The USEA put together a full roster with fun facts about each horse and rider pair competing at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, so download the roster here. For useful links and statistics, read the USEA Fast Facts for LRK3DE.
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"No matter how old you are, be open to all disciplines, learn how to ride a dressage horse, a gaited horse, a show jumper. Go fox hunting and point-to-pointing and horse showing. You’ll learn from all of them and when you do decide which discipline you want to do, you’ll be better at it anyway.”
The University of Findlay’s Three-Day Eventing Team was established in 2013, the same year USEA voted and approved the USEA intercollegiate program. The UF team has over 30 members encompassing a variety of majors at the university. The team has access to two indoor arenas, a large outdoor arena, and 70 acres of on-site cross-country fences.
Bellamy, an Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding of unknown breeding, came to Tamra Smith’s farm in Southern California with his mane half-way down his neck and filled with burrs. Bellamy had been sitting in a field for a little over a year after unseating several riders in a row and Smith, known for being good with tricky horses, agreed to take him on.