If you weren’t able to make the trip to the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event or were too busy to be glued to the live stream, then we have you covered with a full recap of what happened on cross-country. Did you miss the full story about Oliver Townend's lead? Read it here.
Forty-one horses were set to go on cross-country, but four withdrew before starting which left just 37 horses to take on the course. In the end, 31 horses crossed the finish line after three falls and two retirements.
The morning started out a bit shaky with the first three riders all falling off – when asked about what he was thinking after that happened, course designer, Derek di Grazia said, “I thought hopefully the next one will go clear.”
Only three pairs made the time: Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg; Tim Price and Xavier Faer; and Phillip Dutton and Z. They are all sitting in the top-four now.
The bank to the brush (18abc) at the Land Rover Head of the Lake caused the most problems with four riders picking up 20 penalties each there.
The Normandy Bank (20b), the Mars Sustainability Bay (5ab), and the Turning Oxer (3) each had two problems a piece. Penalties were also picked up at the Rolex Grand Slam Challenge (11) and Pete’s Hollow (13abc).
Here’s a play-by-play of the day:
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Tamie Smith’s year has been nothing short of action-packed as she packed up all 25 of her competition horses and made her way to the East Coast for the first part of the year before hopping on a jet to Tokyo where she served as the U.S. team reserve for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then stayed overseas and competed abroad for a little while before returning home to the West Coast. While this year has been full of opportunities to show, her aspirations are bigger than just competition. The 2021 Bates USEA Lady Rider of the Year has been full steam ahead chasing goals in both her riding career as well as in her impact on the sport’s future.
Get to know each United States Eventing Association (USEA) Areas a little better in this new series, Meet the Areas! This month’s feature is USEA Area I which is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Founded in the 1960s, Area I was the birthplace of the United States Combined Training Association (USCTA) which was founded in 1959 and would later evolve into the USEA in 2001. In 2021 just under 800 members made up the membership count in Area I.
Trainers, riders, parents, and more are in for a real treat when the all-new USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels is officially released. Those participating in the 2022 USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Symposium at Barnstaple South Farm in Ocala, Florida on February 8-9 will be the first to set eyes on this all-encompassing guide that has been two years in the making.
The USEA established the Young Event Horse (YEH) program in 2004 to identify young horses that possess the talent and disposition to, with proper training, excel at the uppermost levels of the sport. While the goal of the YEH program is to identify horses that will be successful at the four- and five-star levels, horses with the potential for lower-level success are also showcased by the program.