The final day of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is upon us. The 45 remaining CCI5*-L horses and riders and 22 CCI4*-S pairs will start their day with the final veterinary inspection followed by show jumping to determine whose names will be added to the history books.
The 2018 and 2019 LRK3DE Champion Oliver Townend is at the head of the CCI5*-L pack, but this time with a different mount – Ballaghmor Class. This is the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding’s sixth five-star and he has yet to show jump clear at the level. This will prove tough as he doesn’t have a rail in hand – he is barely just a time penalty ahead of second. Could we see the first U.S. winner in over a decade? This is second-placed On Cue’s debut at the level, but she did have rails down at her previous CCI4*-L competitions. Third-placed Xavier Faer hasn’t had a rail down at an FEI event since 2018 and jumped clear at his trip to Kentucky in 2019.
In the CCI4*-S the leaders Tamra Smith and En Vogue also don’t have any rails in hand over second-placed Alyssa Phillips and Oskar, so that division will come down to the wire as well.
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Nestled in the heart of St. Louis County is Queeny Park, the former estate of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar M. Queeny. This gorgeous public park features trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, a dog park, and so much more. On any given day you can find cyclists, walkers, families, and more enjoying the sprawling grounds of Queeny Park, but once a year eventers take over as the park hosts the Queeny Park Horse Trials. It is not uncommon for park visitors to watch from a safe distance as horses gallop across the grounds at Queeny Park, making it an event that truly anyone in the community can enjoy. This family-friendly staple in the St. Louis equestrian community has run for over 40 years, offering eventers in Area IV and beyond the opportunity to enjoy the park's ample space and terrain during the weekend-long event.
Where can you find fierce competition at every level, an overwhelming team atmosphere, and tons of spirit? The USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships of course! The 2022 Championships get underway tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST with the Opening Ceremony and Senior Awards Presentation, and official competition kicks off first thing Saturday morning. A total of 87 championship competitors will be representing 12 schools and make up 22 championship teams which will compete over the course of the weekend at the Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2022. They are returning as a ‘Bronze Sponsor of the USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds (AEC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Adult Team Championships (ATC)’, a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Classic Series’, and a ‘Contributing Sponsor of the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships.’ As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.