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:
Caroline Martin was first out on course and fell from Islandwood Captain Jack at 20b – the Normandy Bank. She was just sore, but decided to withdraw her second mount, Danger Mouse.
Buck Davidson was second out with Park Trader. He had a stop at 18c – the brush after the bank out of the water at the Land Rover Head of the Lake – and then fell at 20b – the Normandy Bank. Davidson is reported to have broken his collarbone and withdrew his second two mounts.
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp fell from Deniro Z at fence 3 – the Turning Oxer.
Mara DePuy withdrew Congo Brazzaville C before starting. She wrote on Instagram, “Unfortunately Congo felt a bit sore this morning from a skin infection and Mara didn’t want to risk running cross-country.”
Hallie Coon and Celien have a runout at 18a – the bank out of the water at the Head of the Lake. She then re-approached and had a runout at 18c before deciding to retire.
Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford has a runout at 18c – the brush after the bank out of the water at the Head of the Lake.
Daniela Moguel and Cecelia pick up 20 penalties at 5a – the first water complex at the Mars Sustainability Bay.
Dominic Schramm and Bolytair B have a stop at fence 3 – the Turning Oxer and break the frangible pin giving them an extra 11 penalties.
William Coleman picks up 15 penalties for missing the flag at fence 11a – the Rolex Grand Slam Challenge.
Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy have a stop at 18c – the brush after the bank out of the Head of the Lake – after Paddy tripped up the bank.
Colleen Loach and Qorry Blue D’Argouges slip and fall at Pete’s Hollow (13abc). They are both fine and resting comfortably.
Sharon and Cooley On Show have a stop at 5a, take the long route and have another stop at 5b before deciding to retire for the day.
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