For the first time since 2019, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ welcomed spectators back to the Kentucky Horse Park. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the premier US 5* competition was cancelled in 2020, and hosted without spectators in 2021. This year vendors, riders, and fans descended on the Horse Park for the concurrently held 4* and 5* events. It was a weekend of beautiful weather, excellent rides, and fabulous shopping.
Leslie Law and Voltaire De Tre’ were early in the order of go for the 5* on Thursday
Pony Club volunteers diligently manned the in-gate all weekend
Alexandra Knowles and Morswood finished their dressage test with 64.94% Thursday
Jessica Phoenix and Bogue Sound were the first Canadian pair down centerline for the 5* event
Hannah Sue Burnett and Capitol Him
There was plenty of shopping opportunities to be had
Vendor Village was a busy place to navigate with spectators returning this year
USDF is proud to serve as a sponsor of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event
The ever diligent Kentucky Horse Park Police oversaw the event
Brandon McMechan and Oscar’s Wild performed a lovely 4* test, scoring 72.74% early Friday
Alexandra Baugh was all smiles for I Spye after their test
Spectators were back in the stands of the famed Rolex Arena for the first time since 2019
Lindsay Traisnel and Bacyrouge as they exited the ring
Valerie Pride and Favian finished out the weekend in the top 10 of the 4* – Valerie is also an FEI judge at the FEI 4* level!
Canadian Colleen Loach and 10-year-old Hannoverian, Vermont took over second place in the 4* after dressage
Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg TSF exited the ring to thunderous applause on Friday – they ultimately finished fourth in the 5*
Bruce Davidson and Sorocaima
The Walnut Ring hosted a Para-Show Jumping demonstration on Friday, with Mellisa Davis Warden announcing from the back of her Off-Track Thoroughbred, Lucy
Wren Blae Zimmerman is a blind equestrian who has been working to organize this demonstration and get Para Show Jumping recognized as a Paralympic sport for seven years
A team on the ground was on hand to set jumps and assist as riders needed
Lily Rhodes is an upper limb amputee who rode Thor for the weekend of demonstrations!
Gianna Trotter and Casey put in an awesome round during their part of the demonstration on Friday
Jack Goldberg and Clementine RS made the trip to Kentucky from Ontario, Canada to participate in the first ever Para Show Jumping demonstrations
Mellisa, a lower limb amputee, events with her Off-Track Thoroughbred!
Michael Jung and Fischerchipmunk FRH performed a goosebump-inducing dressage test, scoring a record-setting 79.87% to propel them to the top of the leaderboard – they never looked back, riding a clear cross-country round on Saturday and a clear stadium round on Sunday to win the 2022 edition of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L in spectacular fashion!
Jennifer Brannigan and Twighlightslastgleam went clear on cross-country Saturday, and again on Sunday in stadium to finish in the top 15 of the 4*
The Head of the Lake is always a popular spectator spot!
The full order of finish and scores for each phase can be found here:
CCI5*-L Leaderboard CCI4*-S Leaderboard
Photos and videos by Amber Wiseman, Katie Lewis, and Alex Belton.