Apr 25, 2021

The LRK3DE Daily: Show Jumping

By Leslie Mintz - USEA Staff
The Rolex Stadium set for show jumping in 2019. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

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.

There was a lot of coverage yesterday – catch up on the cross-country action:

Here is what you need to know to keep up with today:

  • The final horse inspection is at 8:00 a.m. on the High Hope Inspection lane with the CCI4*-S jogging first followed by the CCI5*-L. The veterinary inspection will be live streamed on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Facebook Page. The ground jury of Christina Klingspor (SWE), Robert Stevenson (USA) and Peter Gray (CAN) will decide if the CCI5*-L horses are fit to move on to show jumping and Mark Weissbecker (USA) and Helen Brettell (GBR) will evaluate the CCI4*-S.
  • After more than 20 years of Richard Jeffery designing the show jumping course, this year the show jumping course designer is Steve Stephens.
  • At 10:45 a.m. the CCI4*-S riders will jump in the reverse order of placing.
  • From 1:30 to 2:45 p.m the first CCI5*-L group will jump in reverse order of placing and at 3:00 p.m. the second group will jump in reverse order of placing with awards immediately after.
  • 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.
  • 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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