We’ve waited two years, and now the #BestWeekendAllYear has finally arrived - the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian. The event kicks off Wednesday with the first veterinary inspections on the High Hope Inspection Lane at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
Sixty-eight horse-and-rider combinations from around the world have made the trip with hopes of becoming the next LRK3DE champion. It will be Australia’s Clayton Fredericks making the first trek down the coveted centerline with FE Ophelia, in what is set to be only one of two CCI5*-Ls in the western hemisphere this year. Fredricks is a previous Kentucky winner, topping the podium in 2007 with Ben Along Time.
To help you get to know this year’s field of competitors, we’ve collected data on every horse and rider as well as fun facts about the pairs to get you excited for this weekend’s competition. Click to check out the USEA’s 2021 LRK3DE Roster!
Stay tuned Wednesday for the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Fast Facts, which will be packed full of interesting information about the event as well as everything you need to know to follow along.
Boyd Martin claimed the CCI4*-L victory at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event riding Luke 140, owned by The Luke 140 Syndicate. California rider Tamie Smith held the lead and second place with Danito and En Vogue, respectively, with the two swapping placings after cross-country, and Martin and Luke 140 maintaining third place through both phases. But two rails down for Danito dropped him to fourth place and En Vogue was relegated to third with three rails down, opening the door for Martin and Luke 140 to clinch the win.
Will Faudree shared the news yesterday that his legendary event horse, Antigua, passed away at the age of 32. In a Facebook post he said:
“I always thought I would have something profound to write. A eulogy that would encapsulate the impact you had on my life. And maybe those words will come. You taught me what a work ethic is, how to think in slow motion and how to just keep going. You laid the foundation for a career I dreamed of as a kid. Thank you will never be enough. I will miss you every day- rest easy my friend.”
While her two horses swapped places for first and second after cross-country, Tamra Smith maintained both the lead and second place with two clear rounds and minimal time faults at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event Presented by BW Furlong and Associates and Zoetis. The 16-year-old Hanoverian mare En Vogue (Earl x Laurena) is just a little more experienced than her barn mate Danito, also owned by Ruth Bley, so she was also a little quicker around the big, challenging course that twisted and turned through the Horse Park of New Jersey. En Vogue leads on a 27.1 and Danito is second with 31.9, with Boyd Martin maintaining third place with the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Luke 140 (Landos x Omega VI), owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate.
California rider Tamra Smith holds the lead and second position in the CCI4*-L at the Jersey Fresh International (JFI) CCI at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. Smith scored 23.9 today with Danito, Ruth Bley’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik), to take the lead from her other mount, the 16-year-old Hanoverian mare (Earl x Laurena) En Vogue, also owned by Bley, who was the overnight leader after scoring 24.3 yesterday. Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa. holds third place with Luke 140, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Landos x Omega VI) owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, on a score of 25.6.