Lynn Symansky and Donner are no strangers to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. This year marks their fourth crack at the iconic four-star event — they were 5th here in 2013, 12th in 2015 and 17th in 2016.
Lynn and Donner, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred (Gorky Park x Smart Jane, by Smarten), are fan favorites and veterans of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. This preview video shows the pair settling into the Kentucky Horse Park and lends insight into what it’s like to tackle the centerpiece of the cross country course, the Head of the Lake.
“Riding into the Land Rover Kentucky Head of the Lake is one of the most exciting parts of being an eventer on this cross country course,” Lynn says. “You come in and you have the entire crowd cheering for you, the adrenaline is up, your horse is fired up, and it is just a spectacular feeling to go through clear and head back to the end of the course.”
Lynn and Donner canter up the centerline at 2:02 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Here’s wishing them a happy event!