Apr 29, 2023

The 2023 LRK3DE Daily: Cross-Country

Yasmin Ingham and Banzai du Loir. USEA/ Meagan DeLisle photo.

From the precision of dressage to the boldness of cross-country, 38 horse and rider pairs in the CCI5*-L and 49 in the CCI4*-S are moving on to eventing's next phase at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Big crowds are expected to line the galloping lanes of Derek di Grazia's cross-country track to cheer on eventing's very best.

First out of the start box this morning at 9:15 a.m. in the CCI4*-S is Sarah Kozumplik and the 18-year-old gray Selle Français gelding Rubens D'Ysieux (Balougran x Orenda D'ysieux) that she owns with Edith Rameika. The overnight leaders, Liz Halliday Sharp and The Nutcracker Syndicate's 9-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Cooley Nutcracker (Tolant R x Ballyshan Cleopatra) are scheduled to begin their round at 9:33 a.m. They're on a score of 24.5, one point ahead of Halliday-Sharp's other four-star mount, The Monster Partnership's Cooley Be Cool (Heritage Fortunus x HHS Carlotta).

Kicking off the five-star cross-country on Derek di Grazia's course is Buck Davidson on the first of his three five-star mounts. That is Cassandra Segal, Natalie Sandler, Lisa Darden's 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding Erroll Gobey (Cassini II x Ulla II) at 1:20 p.m. Overnight leaders Yasmin Ingham and The Sue Davies Fund's 12-year-old Selle Français gelding Banzai Du Loir (Nouma D'auzay x Gerboise Du Cochet) will be counted down for a 2:48 p.m. departure. Their score of 22.1 is a half-point ahead of fellow British pair Tom McEwen and Jo and James Lambert and Deidre Johnston’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding JL Dublin (Diarado x Zarinna).

Derek di Grazia has designed both cross-country courses. The CCI4*-S has an optimum time of 6:44 seconds and is 3,836 meters with 22 numbered fences and 35 jumping efforts at 570 meters per minute. The CCI5*-L course has an optimum time of 11:26 and is 6,520 meters with 28 numbered fences and 49 jumping efforts at 570 meters per minute. Take a virtual walk around the five-star course here and in this video di Grazia did with the USEA Adult Rider Program.

You can catch up on all the dressage action from the past two days by clicking here.

Here’s what you need to know to follow along today:

  • All three phases of the CCI5* and CCI4*-S will be available via livestream through ClipMyHorseTV at no charge in North America with a USEF Fan Membership. If you wish to watch the event on-demand, USEF is offering 50 percent off their USEF Subscriber Memberships using the promo code LRK3DE23. Learn more here.
  • Follow along with the live scores for both the CCI5*-L and CCI4*-S here.
  • Cross-country ride times for the CCI4*-S can be found here.
  • Cross-country ride times for the CCI5*-L can be found here.
  • The USEA will be posting updates throughout the day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow @useventing to keep up with the action.
  • Don’t forget to stop by the USEA booth on the hill behind the Rolex Stadium to shop our exclusive new USEA apparel!
  • There will be a USEA Grooms Program educational session at 4:30 p.m. Eastern in the Walnut Ring about “Keeping Horses at Their Best: Equine Sports Therapy” with JoAnn Wilson.
  • Get to know all of the USEA Young Event Horse graduates competing in the LRK3DE here.
  • Want more facts? Read through the USEA’s Fast Facts of the LRK3DE!

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