The wait is over! The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian finally kicks off this morning with four-star dressage leading the way at 8:00 a.m Eastern where we will see the first 24 pairs make their way down the centerline. Following yesterday's first horse inspection of the five-star field, all 38 pairs that presented were accepted with 20 of them starting their five-star journey this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. EST.
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 are the first pair to kick start competition in Kentucky in the CCI4*-S. Hanna Bundy and the 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Lovely Assistant (Colonel John x Absolutely Lovely) will be the last of the 24 CCI4*-S pairs set to canter down the centerline on Thursday. Four-star dressage will resume at 8:00 a.m. on Friday with the remaining 25 horses led by Elisa Wallace and the Corsair Syndicate's 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding Renkum Corsair (Renkum Chapot x Renkum Colitas), winners of the CCI3*-L at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in 2022.
Kicking off the five-star competition is Buck Davidson aboard 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 1:30 p.m. The last of the 21 five-star pairs who will compete on Thursday is Will Coleman riding the Off the Record Syndicate's 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Off The Record (VDL Arkansas x Drumagoland Bay).
The remaining 17 competitors will set out to dazzle the dressage judges on Friday at 1:00 p.m. with Emily Hamel leading the way aboard Black Flag Option's 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding Corvett.
Did you miss yesterday's horse inspection? You can re-watch it here and read the report here.
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After not running in 2020 and 2021, the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event returned to the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Center in Quebec, Canada, in 2022. America's Jennie Saville (née Brannigan) and Twilightslastgleam won the CCI4*-L, as the chestnut Thoroughbred gelding (National Anthem x Royal Child) bred and owned by Nina Gardner moved up from eighth after dressage into the lead after cross-country with the fastest round on wet ground over the tracks designed by Derek di Grazia. Canada's Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge, a bay Selle Français gelding (Mylord Carthago x Lelia) owned by Patricia Pearce, finished second, and they are among four from the top-10 in the CCI4*-L in 2022 that return in 2023.
Hannah Sue Hollberg of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, was on a winning streak at the Essex Horse Trials on Sunday, claiming victory in both the $10,000 Open Intermediate and Open Preliminary divisions with two horses that are fairly new to her. Some difficulty on cross-country did not stop her mount Hachi from claiming victory in the Open Intermediate with a score of 101.6, while Open Preliminary partner Rockster finished on his dressage score of 27.3.
The great football coach Vince Lombardi said, “We win our games in practice.” With the goal of having the most effective practices possible for horses, their riders, and their coaches, Cathy Wieschhoff explains some signs that can indicate when horse and rider should repeat an exercise, switch it up, or be done with that activity. Wieschhoff brings perspective as a five-star rider that has competed at the Kentucky Three-Day Event and Burghley Horse Trials, a USEF “R” Course Designer for eventing cross-country and show jumping, a former Area VIII chair and member of the USEA Board of Governors, and a Level V USEA ECP Certified Coach based out of Carriage Station Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.