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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The 18th annual Jersey Fresh International (JFI) gets underway this afternoon at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, N.J. The CCI4*-L is the final selection trial for the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this summer so all eyes will be on the stacked field.
This year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L was on April 21-25 and was the first five-star event to take place in the U.S. since 2019. The entry list had the best riders in the world, previous Kentucky champions, Olympic hopefuls, and horses who have been eventing in the U.S. since they were 4 years old.
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