As we count down to the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by MARS Equestrian, we have seen eight scratches from the entry list to drop the total number of possible starters to 45.
Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin, the reigning Dutta Corp National CCI4*-L Champions, were meant to make their five-star debut at Kentucky, but she announced that he sustained an injury in his final prep run at Twin Rivers.
“The universe has other plans for us, I have no idea why, but I am sure eventually I will figure that out,” Frankie said. “I have my horse, and luckily for me, he means much more to me as a partner than the ribbons or accolades we have earned and will earn together. A 5* is not in the cards this month, but we will have another chance at that.”
Caroline Martin also withdrew The Apprentice, who has been sold to Argentinian event rider Javier Rawson as his prospective Pan American Games mount. She will still ride five-star debutants Danger Mouse and Islandwood Captain Jack.
Ryan Wood and Emily Beshear both withdrew their sole mounts in Woodstock Bennett and Silver Night Lady, respectively.
Clayton Fredericks, one of three past Kentucky winners entered in this year’s field, was meant to return to the five-star level for the first time since Burghley in 2012, but he has withdrawn his sole ride, FE Ophelia.
Allie Knowles also withdrew Sound Prospect, one of 12 Thoroughbreds entered in the field. Click here to read more about the Thoroughbreds competing at Kentucky this year.
Lauren Kieffer also withdrew Landmark’s Monte Carlo, one of three horses she had entered to compete. “Patrick” is now entered in the CCI3*-S at Jersey Fresh and will aim for Bromont, with Vermiculus and Paramount Importance going to Kentucky.
“For all of Patrick’s fans, he won’t be galloping across the bluegrass this year,” Lauren said. “We always planned to only compete two of three entered. Usually fate and luck makes that decision for you (and still could!) but we’re lucky enough to have to choose between three fit and ready horses. Patty drew the short straw but you’ll see him tackling Bromont shortly.”
Lynn Symansky announced April 20 that she has withdrawn Mary Ann Ghadban’s Under Suspection due to a non-soundness related injury.
“While Pippy is sound and fit and ready to go, she unfortunately developed a large fluid filled pocket directly under her girth area, preventing Lynn from being able to comfortably secure a saddle onto her,” Lynn said. “Pippy’s welfare is paramount, and running Kentucky without a saddle is not the most viable backup option.”
Click here to view the updated drawn order. While there are 46 horses on the list, Buck Davidson can only ride three of his four horses, so the maximum number of starters is currently 45. This marks the lowest number of entries in Kentucky’s recent history, just edging ahead of the 2013 event, which saw 46 starters.
Keep it locked on EN as we count down to Kentucky. Go Eventing.
This article was updated on April 20 to add additional scratches.