This year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian has already begun in dramatic fashion, with a snowstorm blanketing the Kentucky Horse Park the night before the first horse inspection. Now, the snow has melted, the spring flowers are out, and we are set with 63 combinations ready to canter into the Rolex Arena for the CCI5*-L, and 46 combinations in the CCI4*-S, after all horses passed the first inspection.
Jessica Phoenix and Jim Phillips’ Wabbit will be the first down the centerline in the CCI4*-S at 7:59 a.m. today. The division will see 21 horses this morning and will break after Lauren Lambert and her own and Team Fantastique’s Fantastique ride at 11:10 a.m. The CCI4*-S division will reconvene on Friday at 7:45 a.m. with 25 horses left to go.
The first 30 horses in the CCI5*-L will complete dressage today, kicking off with New Zealand rider Jonelle Price and The Grape Syndicate’s Grappa Nera at 12:23 p.m. The last combination in the arena today will be reigning champions Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class, the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Angela Hislop. The pair from England won the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L in both 2018 and 2019, and they’re looking to add a third victory to their resume this year. The rest of the CCI5*-L will complete dressage tomorrow, beginning at 12:15 p.m. with Boyd Martin and his and the Turner family’s On Cue.
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