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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: The Perfect Kentucky Pump-Up

Land Rover x Kentucky Three-Day Event

Three days. Three disciplines. One Champion.Experience every exhilarating moment from the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event tomorrow at 2pm EST on NBC.

Posted by Land Rover on Saturday, May 5, 2018

It’s nearly go time for the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Our defending champions Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class have returned to defend their title, but maybe this is our lucky year for an American to snag the win? Either way, we can’t wait to bring you all the latest and greatest, so keep it locked on EN this week.

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#EventerProblems Vol. 179, Presented by Haygain: Kentucky Live Stream Edition

What did we do before Kentucky Three-Day Event live streams? Just, like, wait around for scores? Look at some pictures? How neanderthal.

Nowadays we can all follow the action as it unfolds, thanks to the fine folks at USEF Network. Our very own Jenni Autry is the field reporter for the broadcast this year, so we’re extra excited about that. Check out our “How to Watch” guide or skip straight to the live stream here.

If your #EventerProblem this week is that you aren’t here watching LRK3DE in the flesh (stupid work/school/etc.!), this one goes out to you:

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Go Eventing.

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Kentucky 2019 At-A-Glance: Meet The Horses

Welcome back to another whirlwind Kentucky week! We’re counting down to Wednesday’s jog and the start of the competition. As has become customary, the chinchillas are working late into the night to bring you detailed stats on the field.

Let’s get to know this year’s field of horses:

EN’s Annual Kentucky Pick ‘Em Contest, Presented by Omega Alpha

Take your best guess!

It’s Kentucky time, and you know what that means! It’s EN’s Contest Week! And it wouldn’t be EN’s Contest Week without our annual Pick ‘Em Contest brought to you by Omega Alpha. So we challenge you, dear readers, to pick the winner of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Get your calculators, Excel spreadsheets, FEI rider rankings, Magic-8 Ball, lucky T-shirt, maybe say some “Hail Mary Kings” and attempt to predict who will walk away with the win on Sunday.

Here’s how you play: Give us the name of the horse/rider combination you think will win and their overall score. As a tiebreaker, include your guess for who will finish second (score not required).

The contest entry with the correct horse/rider and closest score (and correct runner-up, if necessary) will win a prize package from Omega Alpha! The prize package is valued at $500 and includes:

  • 1 gallon of Sinew-X Plus – Muscle, Joint & Ligament Formula
  • 1 500 ml bottle of RegenerEQ – Digestion Stimulant Formula
  • 2 tubes of Chill Ultra – Promotes Focus and Calm
  • 2 Tubes of Equisel-BCAA – Recovery Formula with Branched Chain Amino Acids
  • 2 tubes of EnduraForce – Energy & Recovery Formula
  • 2 tubes of Gastra-FX Ultra – Stomach Support Formula
  • 1 500 g tub of Biotic 8 – Pre & Probiotic Digestion Formula

Please email your entries to [email protected] with “Pick ‘Em” in the title. Contest closes Thursday at 8 a.m. EST before the first dressage test. Entries are only open to readers in the U.S. and Canada.

As a bonus, you can enter to win a second prize pack at the Omega Alpha (Booth #163) in the Trade Fair. 

Here’s the entry list. Go Eventing.

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

The outstanding team of volunteers at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event were hard at work on Easter Sunday. Decorators were busy making the five-star cross country course look absolutely perfect. What happens to all these gorgeous flowers after cross country day, you might wonder. The event says the decorations are carefully uprooted and reused to decorate Sunday’s show jumping phase. After the conclusion of the event, some are sold to volunteers and many others that were rented are returned.

National Holiday: National Picnic Day

#LRK3DE: WebsiteScheduleEntries & Drawn OrderHow to Watch LiveUSEF NetworkHorse & Country TVEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Events Opening This Week: Plantation Field H.T.The Middleburg H.T.River Glen June H.T.Queeny Park H.T.Feather Creek Farm H.T.Camelot Equestrian Horse Park-Over The Moon in June H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Plantation Field May H.T.WindRidge Farm H.T.Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at LongviewTexas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T.Galway Downs Spring H.T.Woodland Stallion Station H.T.Spokane Sport Horse Farm 4th Annual Spring H.T.Winona Horse TrialsOld Chatham H.T.

Tuesday News: 

We love the story of a horse that wasn’t bound for eventing, but is going to Badminton anyway. That’s the background of Carryon Bobby Boy, Julia Norman’s entry. This horse only started eventing 4 years ago, and makes his five-star debut in two short weeks. [Badminton first-timers: Julia Norman — ‘we never thought we would get this far’]

Dogs at events is a touchy subject. They are allowed at big events, leashed of course, but every few months there’s a story of a dog that chased someone around a cross country course. So if you’re bringing your furry friend to Kentucky this week, please be mindful. [Should I bring my dog?]

Jumper Nation has all the latest on LGCT Miami Beach: [Home win for Kristen Vanderbeen in CSI5* Opener at LGCT Miami Beach] [St. Tropex Pirates at the Helm for Global Champions League Miami Beach]

Tuesday Video:

Meet the Four Five-Star First-Timers Contesting Kentucky 2019

It is the dream of many an ambitious eventer to someday compete at the highest level of the sport. This weekend at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by MARS Equestrian, four riders will be making their debut at this level and checking a major achievement off their bucket list.

How strange is it to think that these riders have spent years aspiring to be four-star riders and then, as soon as the calendar flipped to 2019, all of a sudden they already were four-star riders, and it’s a five-star that they’re now shooting for. Bit of a crazy paradigm shift, eh?

Anyway, let’s get to meet the four riders who’s dreams are about to come true — welcome, Kentucky Class of 2019!

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd

An “A” Seneca Pony Club graduate and a graduate of the University of Delaware School of Business, you may know Matt Flynn for his well-established and successful import and sales business Flynn Sport Horses. Matt has brought many a future upper-level horse over to the States from all over Europe and typically sells between 10 and 15 horses a year.

Wizzerd, a 2009 KWPN gelding (Wizzerd – Amai, by Oklund), was selected by Matt as a 5-year-old and imported from the Netherlands. He’s now the first horse that Matt has retained the ride on long enough to bring to Kentucky and contest a five-star. Wizzerd’s owners now include A. Patrick Flynn and Kathleen Flynn, as well as Tyler Abell and his Merry Go Round Farm in Potomac, Maryland, where Matt is also originally from.

Matt and Wizzerd clinched the 2016 USEF Young Horse National Championship with a 10th place finish in the CCI3*-L at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International Fall Championship that year. Matt stepped Wizzerd up to the Advanced level at Red Hills last year and then tackled the horse’s first four-stars the next few months. Most recently, Matt and Wizzerd clocked in a 2nd place finish in the Advanced H.T. at Carolina International and then a 18th place in the CCI4*-S at Chattahoochee Hills this year.

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan 

Even though this is Ariel Grald’s first time competing at Kentucky, hers is far from a new name on the FEI eventing scene. Thirty-year-old Ariel got her first taste of FEI eventing in 2004 and has been competing in FEI events consistently since 2012. Over the past 14 years, she’s competed 12 different horses at FEI levels.

Ariel started eventing when she was 8. She grew up primarily in New Hampshire, spending a lot of time at Hitching Post Farm in Vermont as well. After graduating from the University of Vermont, during which time she continued to ride and work for Sue Berrill, and spending a little time working in a medical research lab, she decided to commit to riding full-time in order to pursue her upper-level goals.

Ariel was introduced to Annie Eldridge through a mutual friend and began riding and competing one horse for her. In 2012, Ariel moved down to Southern Pines in North Carolina to work for Annie at her Setter’s Run Farm. That number has grown over time, and Ariel now rides and competes several horses for Annie, including a number of homebreds from Annie’s sport horse breeding program. Annie is the owner of Ariel’s Kentucky mount, Leamore Master Plan, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Master Imp – Ardragh Bash, by Cavalier Royale) bred by Michael Bryne.

Ariel stepped “Simon” up to the Advanced level last February and since then the pair has completed six Advanced H.T.s, six CCI4*-S and two CCI4*-L. Over the winter, Ariel was named to the US Equestrian 2019 Eventing Developing Potential Training List. She and Simon recently placed 13th in a very large CCI4*-S at the Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International and were part of Erik Duvander’s winning team in the USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge. They most recently placed fifth in the Advanced H.T. at The Fork at Tryon.

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B

You’ll know Dom Schramm from the fan-favorite YouTube channel, Evention TV. While their Evention days are in the rearview mirror, the Schramm fam’s focus has shifted to pursuing their upper-level dreams, and finally getting to Kentucky is a win for the entire team.

“I’m excited that there’s been a group of us who put so much effort and energy into this, and it’s finally D-day and we can finally put it out there and see what happens,” Dom said. “I think it’s gonna go well and I’m on a good horse. It’s an opportunity for all of us to go and see what happens.”

Dom will be contesting his first five-star with Bolytair B, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding (Polytair – Nobelle, by Glennridge) owned by the Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate, which is comprised of the Giesselman family. “Boly” was imported in 2016 and had a very strong start to his stateside career with some top finishes including a win in his first FEI event with Dom, the CCI2*-L at Bromont that year. To this day, the pair does not have a cross country jump penalty on their record.

In 2017, Dom worked hard to campaign and fundraise for a trip to compete Boly overseas at Blenheim Palace that fall, but the horse sustained an injury one month before the event and thus they were unable to go. Happily, Boly bounced back and returned to competition last August. Dom and Boly punched their ticket to a five-star with a top 10 finish in the CCI4*-L at Fair Hill International last fall, securing them their qualification for Kentucky.

Competing at the top level of the sport has been a long-time dream of Dom’s and 19 years in the making — ever since he rode his very first event. With Boly, he says his biggest hurdle in getting to this point has been getting the timing of the events right.

“I’ve been very careful with this horse and only done the shows I’ve felt that we’ve needed to do and nothing else,” said Dom. “But if you’ve done the bare minimum, you have make sure you’re prepared and need to have a fantastic team. We’re prepared.”

Indeed, the name of the game for Dom has been preparation. “Personally I always feel I do the best when I feel prepared,” he said. “I know the test and know what I need to do movement to movement. He’s a very talented horse, but sometimes we’re battling against the tension in the dressage. For cross country, I’m trying hard to be ready for the types of questions that we’ll see there. ”

Dom is grateful for all the support around Boly throughout his career: “He’s had ups and downs and I think he’s become relatable, so thanks to all the people out there for following and supporting him,” said Dom.

Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills

You’ll recognize Chris Talley as the fashion-forward young gun who made waves at Fair Hill in 2016 as the clear fan-favorite for our Best Dressed award. Obviously, we can’t wait to see what Chris has in store for the jogs, but even more so we can’t wait to see him and his OTTB Unmarked Bills (Posse – Kelli’s Ransom, by Red Ransom) storm around cross country on Saturday. Galloping across country on Saturday is what 25-year-old Chris is most excited for as well, but there are a whole host of other emotions involved, too.

“I think there are too many feelings to list,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted since I was a little kid, so to be so close is surreal but at the same time a bit nerve-wracking. As we get closer and closer, the excitement is building but at the same time so are my nerves!”

Chis took “Billy” from the track to the CCI4*-S level in two-years — a pretty incredible testament to the heart of the Thoroughbred and the partnership that Chris and Billy have formed. Since then, Chris formed the Unmarked Bills Syndicate, which includes Billy’s original race owner David Nuesch, in order to keep the ride on the now 10-year-old gelding, and they’ve gone on to step up to the CCI4*-L level and have spent the past two years gaining experience at the Advanced and four-star levels.

The amount of time that it has taken to get to this point (“Getting qualifications and praying the stars align,” he said) has been the biggest hurdle to overcome, and Chris is quick to attribute much of his success to the team at Zaragoza Acres where he lives and works: “They’re incredibly supportive and have stood behind Billy and I ever since the beginning. It hasn’t always been a smooth ride with Billy, as he struggles with tension in the dressage and show jumping, however, they have really put everything they have into him and I.”

In addition to the Unmarked Bills Syndicate and his parents, Chris is especially grateful for the support of his business partner, Hannah Salazar.

“Hannah has supported me to the fullest since I met her just over three years ago. She has told me to keep going with Billy when others said he couldn’t. And she has put an incredible amount of blood sweat and tears into Billy, and has given me so many opportunities to be able to chase my dream,” Chris said.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Explore KHP, Adopt an OTTB

It’s becoming a bit of an OTTB Wishlist tradition for us to remind you each year that the not only is the Kentucky Horse Park home to our sport’s pinnacle competition in the U.S, but also a heck of a great organization in the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC). The MMSC makes their home base right on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park (though they did open recently open a satellite facility in Illinois) and are open to tour Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While you’re in town for the LRK3DE, make sure you go check out this great organization and give them some love! Here are three currently adoptable OTTBs that you might see there:

Brewer. Photo via Makers Mark Secretariat Center.

Brewer (ORB – DANCE CRAZE, BY MIZZEN MAST): 2016 16.0-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

“With his espresso-colored coat and classically compact build, Brewer, a 16h, 3-year-old gelding by Orb out of Dance Craze, is sure to perk up your day. Precocious in all the right ways, he has the eagle eye of an eventer and the smarts and athleticism to back it up. He’s bold to jumps and undaunted by new questions. He knows what he wants, and he’s not afraid to share his opinions. What Brewer needs is the right person, someone who can be his guide rails as he grows up and learns the rules of the road; someone who can channel his sizable sense of self into confidence in a show ring or on a cross country course; someone who can forge a true partnership with him and bring out his best. So if you like your daily coffee dark, bold, and exciting, this handsome gelding is sure to be your brew of choice!”

“Brewer came to the MMSC with a chip in his knee. He’s sound, but he’s so talented that it makes sense to set him up for success at the highest levels and have the chip removed. Donations to help us pay for the surgery and layup are very welcome (DONATE HERE) and he will remain available for adoption (at a reduced adoption fee) pre-surgery if you are willing to commit to removing the knee chip. Radiographs are available to an approved adopter.”

View Brewer on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Somekindawonderful. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Somekindawonderful (SCAT DADDY – LOVE NUMBERS, BY UNBRIDLED’S SONG): 2016 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

“Somekindawonderful, a 16.1h, 2016 gelding, truly lives up to his name. With a royal pedigree featuring Scat Daddy, sire of Triple Crown winner Justify, as well as Unbridled’s Song, Fappiano, and Buckpasser, names prized in sport horse pedigrees, “Wonderful” could go far in any discipline. He possesses a gleeful and boyish inquisitive nature, and his innate athleticism shines through with each training ride and romp in his pasture. At just 3-years-old, he is still learning to use all that he was blessed with – his suspension that effortlessly carries him forward, his short back and uphill build that will make jumping a breeze, and his charming attitude that wins him friends every day.”

“Give this youngster time to grow physically and mentally and the right training program where he can continue to express himself while building confidence in his handler and his own body, and that charm will morph into a star-power charisma in the show ring, his jump will power him over any obstacle, and he’ll float with grace in a dressage or show hunter ring. We can’t say it enough – Wonderful is a wonderful prospect, sure to shine in his second career!”

View Somekindawonderful on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Catisfaction. Photo via Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Catisfaction (GRAYDAR – CURIOUS CAT, BY TALE OF THE CAT): 2016 16.3-hand Pennsylvania-bred mare

“A 16.3h, 2016 filly by Graydar out of Curious Cat, “Cece” stood out as a youngster with her stunning good looks, her large stature, and her kind nature. Her breeder, Christian Black of Blackstone Farm in PA, knew she would be happier and would shine brighter in a sport horse career, so he reached out to us. And we are so thankful that he did!”

“Cece has been an absolute joy and a pleasure in the barn. We can’t say enough good things about this filly. She displays rhythmic gaits and a graceful turn of foot at liberty. She engages easily and willingly with humans. She learns quickly and is always curious to explore new questions. Her jump is balanced, effortless, and full of promise. In short, Cece was born to be a show horse. Can you picture her a year or two down the road, taller and filled out, braided to perfection, with a knowledge of the bit and the developed musculature to lift and power from behind? The image is breath-taking. This filly is truly special and she’s sure to be a winner wherever she goes!”

View Catisfaction on Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center.

Monday Video from Total Saddle Fit: Peek at Some Final Kentucky Prep

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for! Most horses are now en-route or are already settling in on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse park ahead of the big event this weekend, the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by MARS Equestrian.

Over the past few days many of the competitors were giving their horses final jump schools and gallops before hitting the road. Let’s take a peek into their last couple days of training:

Got some insight from Big Phil on BOLYTAIR B’s final XC school. He is feeling like a lion!

Posted by Dominic Schramm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Sharon White’s Team Orange takes a little more unconventional approach:

Louie got his final pre-Kentucky workout in today, and so did the rest of Team Orange! 🏋🏻‍♀️

Posted by Sharon White on Sunday, April 21, 2019

Two Must-Have Mobile Apps for Keeping Up With Kentucky

EN + LRK3DE apps: All things Kentucky, all at your fingertips.

Do you want/need/have to have all the latest reports from the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event as soon as they hit the Internet stratosphere? Make sure you have these two apps downloaded to your smartphone:

The Official LRK3D App

Features include essential event info including schedule, grounds map, ride times, details on the Sponsor Village and Trade Fair, news, social media links and more. You can even use it to purchase tickets or check the Lexington weather forecast! The app is available on Google Play and in the iTunes Store.

The Eventing Nation App

Never type “” into your mobile or iPad browser search bar again! Just tap the app and boom, you’re here. With a single click you can text, email or share stories to social, or save stories as favorites so you can read them later. Activate push notifications so you know the minute we publish a new LRK3DE report! The app is available on Google Play and in the iTunes Store.

Go Eventing.

How to Watch the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Online

2018 winners Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The first CCI5*-L of the 2019 eventing season is upon us! Viewers in the U.S., Canada and other North American countries can watch all the action from the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event live and for free on USEF Network.

To watch the USEF Network live stream, you must be a US Equestrian member OR sign up for a free fan membership using the promo code “lrk3de19” at this link.

Viewers in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany and Australia must watch on Horse & Country TV. Sign up to watch here.

Both days of dressage, cross country and show jumping will be shown live. The horse inspections will not be included in the live stream.

Check for the confirmed start times for all phases. The times below are based on the current schedule listed on Kentucky’s website and are subject to change.

Thursday, April 25 – Dressage
Morning session: 8:30 a.m.-noon EST/1:30-5 p.m. BST
Afternoon session: 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST/6:30-8:30 p.m. BST

Friday, April 26 – Dressage
Morning session: 8:30 a.m.-noon EST/1:30-5 p.m. BST
Afternoon session: 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST/6:30-8:30 p.m. BST

Saturday, April 27 – Cross Country
10 a.m.-4 p.m. EST/3-9 p.m. BST

Sunday, April 28 – Show Jumping
1-3 p.m. EST/6-8 p.m. BST

LRK3DE Links: Website, Schedule, Entries, EN’s Coverage