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.
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The 2023 Woodside Spring H.T. served as a celebration of the successes of the West Coast eventers that competed in the Kentucky Three-Day Event, as well as what’s in store for the future of the sport in California. On the eve of competition on Thursday, organizers at the Woodside Horse Trials held a party in honor of both Tamie Smith’s historic win in the Kentucky five-star and the team of cross country builders led by Bert Wood that unveiled new courses at The Horse Park. Derek di Grazia designed the new Advanced and Intermediate tracks, with Wood designing the new tracks for Preliminary through Starter.
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