It was a tense morning at the second horse inspection as both the overnight leader, FischerRocana FST, and second-placed Nobilis 18 were held. Fortunately they both passed upon reinspection, but Paddy The Caddy wasn’t so fortunate. Three horses withdrew before the horse inspection, so 32 horses will start show jumping at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Spring Easy, Caroline Martin’s ride was presented by her coach, Leslie Law, and was asked to jog two times before being sent to the hold box. The 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Garrison Royal x Castlegrogan Clare) was accepted upon reinspection.
FischerRocana FST, Michael, Bridgitte, and Joachim Jung’s 13-year-old German Sport Horse mare (Ituango XX x Rose II) jogged and then the ground jury immediately asked Michael to re-jog on a looser rein. She was still sent to the hold box, but passed upon reinspection.
Nobilis 18, Sue Lawson, Carolyn Townsend, and Chris Burton’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Nobre XX x Lilli) was held on his first trip down the jog lane, but was then accepted after visiting the hold box.
Paddy The Caddy was the final horse sent to the hold box, and after Erin Sylvester represented Frank McEntee’s 11-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding (Azamore x Slamy) the ground jury announced that he wouldn’t be accepted. Sylvester’s second entry, Mettraise, wasn’t accepted in the first horse inspection.
The three horses who withdrew before the horse inspection were AP Prime (ridden by Leah Lang-Gluscic), Landioso (ridden by Mackenna Shea), and Covert Rights (ridden by Collen Rutledge).
Rutledge posted on her Facebook page last night about her own 12-year-old Thoroughbred Cross gelding (BFF Incognito x Let’s Get It Right). “To quote Ralph Emerson; "Life is about a journey, not the destination". While our destination was seeing the finish at [Land Rover] Kentucky 4*, we realize our journey does not end here. Leading up to this week CR has felt stronger than ever. He left it all on the table, putting in a stellar dressage test. Unfortunately, we had an uncharacteristic cross country day. While CR is ready to give his heart out tomorrow, we feel it is in his best interest to wait for another day. We will head home and CR will get a much appreciated vacation! We look forward to [cruising] around #LRK3DE next year!”
Show jumping gets underway at 1:00 PM and Kelecyn Cognac will be the first horse in the arena with rider, Waylon Roberts. Only one rail separates the top five pairs so it will be a nail-biting finish to #LRK3DE.
The USEA Event College is in Session
The USEA Event College was created by the USEA and the Professional Horseman’s Council to generate awareness of the sport of eventing. The Event College aims to educate spectators, interested parties and the general public on the goals and function of each phase (dressage, cross-country and show jumping) and the complexity and value of the sport. The Event College also aims to educate young riders, adult amateurs, and all those interested in the sport on horsemanship and different skill sets needed to be involved with eventing. High-profile eventing experts will act as “professors” and host casual, interactive dialogue with “students” of the Event College. Anyone interested in the sport of eventing can be a student, and “tuition” is free!
Miss any of the videos? Catch up with them here:
Lynn Symansky on Fitness Routines for a CCI4* Horse
Caroline Martin Discusses Bits
Elinor MacPhail O'Neal on Fighting Nerves at a CCI4*
Tamra Smith Previews the Head of the Lake
EquiRatings Predictions for Cross-Country Day
Phillip Dutton Explains How to Make the Optimum Time on Cross-Country
How competitive have your Novice results been? What’s a good final score? What’s a good dressage score? What does it take to win? In our third installment of this series, EquiRatings showcases the Novice level. Use these graphs and statistics to help evaluate your Novice game.
Conditioning makes the horse fit and increases his endurance performance with less wear and tear on feet and legs. The idea is to work his heart and lungs in short intervals, let him recover a bit, then work him again. The following schedule for Training level horse provides an introduction for the horse and rider at the lower levels to the principle of interval training.
Within their first few years of being born, young horses have the opportunity to get a taste of U.S. Eventing through the USEA’s young horse programs. The USEA Future Event Horse Program (FEH) evaluates the potential of yearlings, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds under saddle to become successful upper level event horses while the USEA Young Event Horse Program (YEH) evaluates the potential of 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds to become successful upper level event horses.
If your farm has the space to set up a cross-country schooling course, it can be to your advantage to have cross-country jumps available for schooling purposes. Safety should be the number one priority when designing and building cross-country jumps, and an expert should be consulted whenever possible.