Apr 24, 2021

The LRK3DE Daily: Cross-Country

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
Erin Gilmore Photo.

While the ropes won’t be packed tightly with spectators at this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian, there is still plenty of action to follow along with from home. Pull up a computer or television and tune in for a day of watching the best horses and riders in the world tackle Derek di Grazia’s cross-country courses.

With a 100 percent chance of rain predicted to fall at the Kentucky Horse Park today, the divisions have been reversed and the CCI5*-L pairs will be up first at 8:30 a.m. and 62 pairs will leave the start box every four minutes until 12:34 p.m.

Colleen Rutledge announced the withdrawal of Covert Rights on her Facebook page “After CR’s performance today in dressage, we have opted to withdraw him from the 5* division of the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event. He’s not feeling completely himself and seems to be lacking in desire to play this weekend. We’re disappointed that we’re not going to get to tackle this amazing course but we’d rather save him for another day since he’s sound and happy.”

Jonelle Price and Grappa Nera of New Zealand (#2) are the pathfinders. Pairs to keep an eye out for: overnight leaders Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous (#25) at 9:58 a.m.; second-placed Tamra Smith and Mai Baum (#61) at 11:58 a.m.; third-placed and two-time defending champions Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class (#34) at 10:26 a.m.

The CCI5*-L course has 28 numbered jumps with 50 total elements and is 6,270 meters with an optimum time of 11 minutes and is run at 570mpm. Preview all the jumps on the course by clicking on the map below.


Jessica Phoenix will be the first competitor ever to leave the start box at the Kentucky CCI4*-S and she will do so with Wabbit at 1:45 p.m. The CCI4*-S will run at three-minute intervals and with 44 pairs to tackle the course the final horse, Pavarotti, also ridden by Phoenix will start at 3:51 p.m.

Ride times to keep an eye on are 3:54 p.m. for leaders Tamra Smith and En Vogue; 3:30 p.m. for second-placed Colleen Loach and Vermont; and 2:06 p.m., 2:12 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. for the trio tied for third.

The CCI4*-S course is 3,857 meters with an optimum time of 6 minutes and 46 seconds and has 21 jumps. Preview all the jumps on the course by clicking on the map below.

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

  • 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 8:30 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.
  • Ride times for the CCI4*- S can be found here.
  • 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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