Apr 30, 2023

The 2023 LRK3DE Daily: Show Jumping

By Jonathan Horowitz - USEA Staff
Phillip Dutton and Connaught winning Kentucky in 2008. USEA Archives photo

For the first time in 15 years, an American will enter show jumping in first place at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Tamie Smith and Mai Baum are the first U.S. pair to lead the Kentucky five-star after cross country since Becky Holder and Courageous Comet in 2008. However, the bigger history they hope to make will be becoming the first American winners of the event since Phillip Dutton and Connaught overtook Holder and Courageous Comet for the 2008 title.

There was quite a shakeup in the standings on cross-country day this year. Smith and the 17-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Loredano 2 x Ramira) that she affectionately calls “The Black Stallion” moved from third to first with one of six double-clear rounds on Derek di Grazia’s five-star cross-country course. Only four of the top-10 after dressage remain in the top-10 after cross-country: Smith and Mai Baum (1st); Tom McEwen and JL Dublin (2nd); Liz Halliday-Sharp and Miks Master C (3rd); and Sandra Auffarth and Viamant Du Matz (4th). Three horses went from 20th or lower after dressage into the top-10 after cross-country: Maxime Livio and Carouzo Bois Marotin (20th to 7th); David Doel and Galileo Nieuwmoed (22nd to 8th); and Jennie Saville and FE Lifestyle (23rd to 10th).

The CCI4*-S horse inspection kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with an anticipated 40 horse and rider pairs coming forward if no more withdrawals happen overnight. The CCI5*-L final horse inspection will take place immediately following the four-star inspection, and if all of today's cross-country finishers come forward, 26 horses will be presented.

Show jumping for both the four-star and five-star on the courses designed by Steve Stephens will run in reverse order of placing with the CCI4*-S scheduled to take place at 10:45 a.m. Show jumping for the CCI5*-L will get underway at 2:00 p.m. with awards taking place at 4 p.m.

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.
  • 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!
  • 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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