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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Derek di Grazia’s cross-country courses at The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International is the setting for all the action today in Elkton, Md. Here is what you need to know to follow along:
With 70 percent of the scores coming from the second day of the USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) East Coast Championships, the 4- and 5-year-olds had a big moment in front of them to impress the judges Chris Ryan and Sally Ike. The horses were judged over a set of show jumps (15 percent) then moved directly into the cross-country portion (30 percent) before finally showing off their gallop and earning an overall score for their jumping (15 percent) and general impression (10 percent).
At the end of a busy day wrapping up the dressage phase of The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day (FHI), two new riders took over the top of the leaderboards. Mara DePuy and Congo Brazzaville Z moved into first in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championship with their 28.6, while Alexa Gartenberg and Louis M claimed the pinnacle position in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship on a 25.9.
On this week's episode of the USEA Podcast, prepare to "winterize" your horse with tips from both a rider's perspective and a veterinarian's perspective. First, five-star eventer Emily Beshear shares her tips for helping your horse adjust to the cooler temperatures. Then, her husband Dr. Jeff Beshear provides tips from a vet's point of view on how best to care for your horse as the season changes.