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.
Don't forget to follow the USEA event coverage on social media!
In less than a month, eventers will wrap up the year at the Sheraton Boston Hotel for the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on Dec. 12-15. Sixty years ago, the USCTA (now known as the USEA) was formed after a meeting that took place at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago. From 1959, the USEA has grown from a small 20-member organization to an organization with thousands of members across the country of all levels and ages. History will come to life at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention as the USEA will honor 60 years of the sport that we all know and love.
Start teaching your horse to jump by working over cavallettis first at the walk and then by trotting over them slowly. Then school him over a variety of small fences at the trot. Schooling over low fences will build the horse's confidence. Then do the same thing at a slow canter. Remember, never force your horse over high fences as he will lose his confidence.
The St. Johns Horse Trials takes place at the St. Johns Equestrian Center in Saint Johns, Arizona (Area X) in April of each year, offering Pre-Comp through Preliminary/Training levels in addition to a derby class meant as an introduction to the sport for new horses and riders.
This year the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event forgot that it was set in sunny Florida - the 2019 event had a cold and drizzly backdrop for the 153 horses and riders who competed across four days.