This year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L was on April 21-25 and was the first five-star event to take place in the U.S. since 2019. The entry list had the best riders in the world, previous Kentucky champions, Olympic hopefuls, and horses who have been eventing in the U.S. since they were 4 years old.
My first visit to Kentucky was in 2009 when I finished eighth on Carousel Quest - with whom I won Burghley a few months later. My initial impression was, ‘Wow!’ Disbelief that the sport of eventing had such an incredible venue. That disbelief has never weakened. If I could event full-time at the Kentucky Horse Park, I would.
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It’s a special episode of Team Talk this week as we are bringing you a Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event debrief with USEF Eventing High Performance Director Erik Duvander and USEF Managing Director for Eventing Jenni Autry. The episode was recorded the Tuesday after the event, so all the action of the week was fresh in their minds.
It’s only been done once before in the 43 year history of having the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. Before today, Michael Jung was the only rider to win the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event for three consecutive years. But, the history books added a new name to that list at the finale of the show jumping in the CCI5*-L: Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class.
Alyssa Phillips, who put in the fastest cross-country ride in yesterday’s CCI4*-S cross-country aboard her 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Oskar (Coriando x Nicole) was sitting in second place heading into the Rolex stadium this morning. With just 2.9 points separating her and overnight leaders Tamra Smith and En Vogue, Phillips promised to put the pressure on. Sure enough, the rider who says she competes better under pressure, laid down a double clear round, leaving Smith with no room for error.
A total of 44 horses for the CCI5*L, and 22 horses for the CCI4*S will move onto show jumping at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Today’s final horse inspection started at 8:00 a.m. with the CCI4*-S horses going first and they were presented in front of the ground jury of Mark Weissbecker (USA) and Helen Brettell (GBR), and the veterinary delegate Karen Nyrop, DVM (USA).
The final day of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is upon us. The 45 remaining CCI5*-L horses and riders and 22 CCI4*-S pairs will start their day with the final veterinary inspection followed by show jumping to determine whose names will be added to the history books.
From snow to sun to rain, this year at Kentucky has featured all four seasons but one thing that remains the same to previous years is the top results. The top three after today are the same three riders who held the exact spots in 2019. Oliver Townend is leading overnight and won in 2019, Boyd Martin is sitting second with On Cue and he finished second in 2019, and Tim Price is third with Xavier Faer, and he finished third with the same horse in 2019.
In the days leading up to cross-country at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day presented by MARS Equestrian, riders were saying this year’s courses looked big and bold. Derek di Grazia is famous for creating cross-country courses that generally give the riders a spook when walking around for the first time, but are optimally designed to reward a forward, galloping horse, inevitably building their confidence as they go around.
Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the live stream of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day CCI5*-L cross-country? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Derek di Grazia’s cross-country course of which William Coleman called the “hardest Kentucky he has ever ridden,” and stay tuned for the day’s full recap with lots of quotes from the riders!