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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James Alliston was the big winner today at The Event at Rebecca Farm, with three top two finishes in the FEI divisions. Alliston won first in the CCI4*-Long, as well as first place and second place in the CCI3*-Long.
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Ian Stark’s cross-country course resulted in changes among the FEI divisions on Saturday
Cross-country day for the FEI competitors at Rebecca Farm resulted in big changes in the top three standings in the 4* divisions. The current top three riders in the CCI4*-Long all put in double-clear rounds to maintain their dressage scores from the first day of competition.
Phillip Dutton and Z are on the road to Tokyo! Dutton, the 6-time Olympian, is going into his 7th Olympic Games. Dutton’s first three Olympics he represented Australia and helped secure the team gold medal twice (1996 - team gold, 2000 - team gold, and 2004). The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were the first Olympic Games that Dutton rode for the U.S., and he has been on the U.S. Olympic team ever since. Dutton’s most recent Olympic performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he earned the individual bronze medal with Mighty Nice.