It’s the day eventers wait for all year – whether as a rider or a spectator – there is nothing quite like cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Here is what you need to know to follow along with the full day of cross-country action:
There will be 41 pairs competing today with the first horse and rider leaving the start box at 10:30 a.m.
Riders will be sent out at five-minute intervals with no lunch break, so the final rider will leave the box at 1:50 p.m.
The course is 6,542 meters long with a speed of 570 mpm and an optimum time of 11 minutes 20 seconds.
There are 28 numbered jumps with 52 separate elements.
Derek di Grazia is the cross-country course designer for the eighth year.
Follow the live scores here.
Ride times 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.
Check out EquiRatings' predictions for today:
Need a break from the competition? Visit the USEA booth for all your official eventing merchandise.
Read the riders' thoughts on the cross-country course here.
Did you miss any of the action from dressage? Catch up here.
Don't forget to follow the USEA event coverage on social media!
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