Great Britain’s Piggy French stormed down the center line and demanded the attention from the judges on the second day of dressage. French stole the morning at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event with a 27.1 to take the lead from Felix Vogg, who now sits in second on a 28.0.
French was second to go in the arena aboard Jayne McGivern’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Quarrycrest Echo (Clover Echo x Royal China). The pair were on the gold medal-winning British team at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, and they finished 10th place individually, but today’s wind and weather conditions had French a bit on edge.
“I got up here 20 minutes before our test, and to be honest he felt quite cold and stiff, like it suddenly got cold, hasn’t it? explained French. “He started spooking, which he hasn’t done all week, and it’s windy in there, and the breeze gets you, so it just felt a bit stormy. I’m relieved there were no big mistakes in his test, and I’m delighted with him from how he was in the warmup to go in there and be a professional and do his job. I was really relieved to be honest!”
French said that it was the owner, Jayne McGivern who made the decision to bring “Red” to Kentucky, and she was thrilled to go along with it. “This is a fantastic venue, and everyone’s so friendly when we’re here, so it’s cool. He’s a laid-back horse that copes with travel pretty well usually, so hopefully he does again this year. I’m just extremely grateful for Jayne. It’s as great for her as it is for me.”
There are still 12 horses yet to come this afternoon in front of dressage judges Christina Klingspor (SWE), Martin Plewa (GER) and Mark Weissbecker (USA). Last year’s LRK3DE Champions Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class enter the arena at 1:32 p.m. (ET) which could perhaps rattle the leaderboard once again.
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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The last ever CCI4*-L at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event is set to begin this afternoon in Elkton, Md. with the first horse inspection. After 31 years of hosting a CCI4*-L (previously CCI3*), Fair Hill says farewell to the level and hello to the CCI5*. In 2020 Fair Hill will host the Maryland Five-Star and will also run the CCI3*-L. So who will be the final CCI4*-L winner?
The Carolina Horse Park Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Anniversary Challenge, an online fundraising challenge. The Challenge focuses on the wonderful community who support the Park and make it what it is. CHP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space for equestrian and recreational purposes.
At the USEA Board of Governors meeting in August, the Equine Medical Research Committee recommended the funding of four studies using the $39,581 collected in 2018 and the Board approved their recommendation.
The USEA has discovered that there was a printing error with the Blue Ribbon Award and Medal certificates and we are working to correct the mistake. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Hardwick at [email protected] Thank you for your patience!