It’s the first day of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian and the first time spectators have graced the grounds for the event since 2019. Following the first horse inspection on Wednesday all 45 pairs presented in the CCI5* are moving forward with competition and we will also see 48 horses give the CCI4*-S a run for the money over the course of the competition week.
Liz Halliday-Sharp and The Monster Partnership’s 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Quicksilver (Womanizer x Kylmore Crystal) are the first pair to kickstart competition in Kentucky in the CCI4*-S. A total of 24 horses will compete today starting at 8:00 a.m. Missy Miller riding her own 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Quinn (Quirado x Maleika II) will be the last of the 24 CCI4*-S pairs set to trot down the centerline on Thursday. Four-star dressage will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Friday with the remaining 24 horses led by Heather Gillette and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Vincent Chase (Value Plus x Her Entourage).
Kicking off the five-star competition is Will Coleman aboard Team Rebecca, LLC’s 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Dondante (by Pachio) at 1:00 p.m. The last of the 21 five-star pairs who will compete on Thursday is Hallie Coon riding her 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Global EX (Contador x Wessely Wonderfly). The remaining 24 competitors will set out to dazzle the dressage judges on Friday at 12:30 p.m. with Jennie Brannigan leading the way aboard Nina and Timothy Gardner’s 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding FE Lifestyle (Leo von Faelz x Berina A).
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The 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention came to a close on Sunday with the final USEA Board of Governors meeting. After the call to order, USEA Senior Director of Membership Services/Meeting Planner Jennifer Hardwick gave a brief overview of the annual meeting. There were 321 attendees and 220 who came to the awards dinner. Next year’s Annual Meeting & Convention will be held in Seattle, Washington, from Dec. 10-15 at the Westin Seattle.
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United States Eventing Association (USEA) members from all over the country gathered on Saturday night for the 2023 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention Year End Awards Ceremony. The evening’s ceremony was led by Master of Ceremonies Jim Wolf and recognized riders, horses, and game-changers in the sport of eventing with multiple awards and grants.
Hosting the Annual Meeting of Members each December has been a requirement set forth by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) by-laws (then the United States Combined Training Association) since 1959. This year, USEA members are gathering in St. Louis, Missouri, for the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention from Dec. 7 - Dec. 10 for four jam-packed days of educational seminars and open forums full of conversation surrounding our sport. Lunch on Friday, however, served as an opportunity for attendees to gather together for the USEA Meeting of Members once again.