Apr 23, 2021

The Daily: LRK3DE Dressage Day 2

By Kate Lokey - USEA Staff
Jennie Brannigan catches up with Erik Duvander after her test aboard FE Lifestyle. Erin Gilmore Photo.

Yesterday 20 CCI4*-S pairs and 30 CCI5*-L pairs had their turn in front of the judges at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian, and today the remaining groups will canter down centerline in the Rolex Stadium.

Zachary Brandt and the Syndicate-owned Direct Advance are the first pair up at 7:45 a.m. in the CCI4*-S and that division will continue through until 11:03 a.m. when yesterday's lead-off rider Jessica Phoenix will also close out the competition this time aboard her veteran Pavarotti.

The CCI5*-L will then pick up at 12:15 p.m. with Boyd Martin the first up on the Turner Family's On Cue. Martin will also ride his 2019 National Champion, Tsetserleg TSF in the final group of riders. Buck Davidson and Katherine O'Brien's Carlevo are the last in at 5:27 p.m.

Here’s what you need to know to follow along today:

  • Horses and riders in the CCI4*-S will perform the FEI Four-Star Test B, and horses and riders in the CCI5*-L will perform the FEI Five-Star Test B.
  • Within North America, the event is streaming on the USEF Network. You can sign up for a free US Equestrian Fan Membership to watch using the promo code “LRK3DE21” by clicking here. The live stream will be available here starting at 7:45 a.m. this morning.
  • Outside of North America, the event is streaming on Horse & Country TV+. A subscription is required.
  • Follow along with the live scores for the CCI5*-L here and the CCI4*-S here.
  • Dressage ride times for the CCI4*- S can be found here.
  • Dressage ride times for the CCI5*-L can be found here.
  • The USEA will be posting updates throughout the day on Instagram. Follow @useventing to keep up with the action on the story.
  • You can still get the full Kentucky shopping experience through the virtual trade fair here! And be sure to visit ShopUSEA.com for 15% off all orders over $50 during the entire LRK3DE weekend.
  • Follow along with all of the USEA Young Event Horse graduates competing in the LRK3DE here
  • Did you miss our 2021 #LRK3DE Rider Roster on Monday? Click to take a look at all of the CCI5*-L competitors, and learn a little bit about each pair.
  • Want more facts? Read through the USEA’s fast facts of the LRK3DE!

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Miss the CCI5*-L coverage from yesterday? Here's a quick recap!

The snow may have melted, but the atmosphere was still brisk. As a result of yesterday’s chilly, windy weather, we witnessed very spirited horses, and some riders were challenged to get their horses to settle in the Rolex arena, despite there being no spectators this year.

The overnight leaders are Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, on a record-breaking 21.7. This is the best dressage score in the last decade at the Kentucky Three-Day Event, according to our partners EquiRatings, and the best five-star dressage score from a U.S. rider on record. The 16-year-old Oldenburg mare, owned by Jacqueline Mars, Phoebe and Michael Manders, holds a 2.4 lead over reigning champions, Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class, the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by Angela Hislop. Both of their scores stand in the top 10 for record-breaking scores at the Kentucky CCI5*-L since 2010, but there are still some heavy hitters to come today, who will be looking to put the pressure on the leaders.

The USEA caught up with several of the riders after their dressage tests yesterday, so listen in for some not-to-miss quotes before you sink in for another day of dressage.

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