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 forecasted downpours held off until the last horse and rider crossed the finish flags during the CCI5*-L cross-country at the Maryland 5 Star today, confirming the event’s decision to move up the start. The majority of riders had sunny skies and a cool breeze as backdrop to tackle Ian Stark’s five-star course across the sprawling grounds at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. Before cross-country there was much chatter about the testing terrain, but 11 pairs managed to make the time despite the hills. At the end of the day, the top three riders held onto their podium positions going into show jumping tomorrow with overnight leader Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class (Ramiro B x The Swallow) impressing all who watched at each and every question.
It's the day we have all been waiting for, cross-country day at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star! Both the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L field will contest Ian Stark's terrain-filled track across the historic grounds at Fair Hill today and there is lots of chatter about how the questions, terrain, and time allowed might impact the current placings.
Chris Talley came into the Dutta Corp USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championships knowing that the Corwin Sport Horse LLC’s owned 5-year-old Hanoverian mare Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) possessed a lot of quality, but to emerge victorious out of the 42 horse field was an absolute treat for the pair.
No one could catch Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class in the dressage arena today despite the remaining 23 pairs' best effort. Angela Hislop’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Ramiro B x The Swallow) will stand at the top of the leaderboard on a 21.1 heading into the Maryland 5 Star cross-country – the day which is on everyone’s mind.