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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We've been riding the "corona-coaster" for several weeks now, but with the hopeful return to competition on the horizon, Nicole Brown checks in with USEA CEO Rob Burk, USEA President Max Corcoran, and Chair of the FEI Eventing Committee David O'Connor for an update on what things will look like as we get back to business.
Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.
In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.