I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t holding my breath and crossing my fingers for the last few weeks, watching the calendar tick down to this year’s long-awaited Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by MARS Equestrian. Thanks to the massive efforts of thousands of eventing participants and supporters, the event — which originally was set to cancel for the second year in a row — was able to pull together enough funding to make this coming week happen.
While spectators are sadly still prohibited by US Equestrian, the Eventing Nation team is looking forward to bringing eventing fans the world over the Kentucky coverage you’ve come to anticipate in some fresh and exciting new ways. Don’t worry — nothing regarding our traditional coverage (daily reports, live updates and more) is changing. We want to bring you to Kentucky with us, so all of our regular coverage will be available right here on EN all week long.
But we did want to add some new pieces to the party this year! So we’re excited to offer three supplements to our Kentucky coverage:
1. Meet the EN Ultimate Guide to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event
What started as a whim of an idea in a daily Slack chat quickly evolved, in true EN fashion, into a massive project, and we’re pleased to present the very first Ultimate Guide to Land Rover Kentucky. Featuring in this slick, downloadable guide are profiles on every horse and rider entered in this year’s CCI5*, complete with statistics on each pair’s performance leading up to this week, fun facts, and analysis. Learn a little bit about your favorite pair — and maybe even “meet” a new rider or horse you’ll be a fan of forever.
You’ll get a sense of the competitive strengths and weaknesses of each pair in each phase, their history together and much more in this guide, meant to be a true companion for those following along with the competition via the USEF Network (in North America)/Horse & Country TV (internationally) live stream.
The Ultimate Guide will be available for sale very soon through Issuu and will cost just $5 to purchase. The Ultimate Guide is mobile and desktop friendly, and Issuu also has a great free app that makes the user experience even better. We’re also honored to donate a portion of proceeds to an equestrian access program or nonprofit in an effort to, in a small way, help welcome more people into our community. To nominate a nonprofit program (we’d like to keep the programs focused on access to horses for underserved populations), please email [email protected].
2. Want to stay the most up to date on what’s happening in Kentucky? Sign up for the FREE LRK3DE Daily Digest, a daily email newsletter that will land in your inbox early each morning beginning Thursday, April 22 full of coverage links from the day before, a preview of the day’s action, and much more. We’re also partnering with Achieve Equine (VIP Equestrian and FLAIR Strips), EcoVet, Kentucky Performance Products, Legends Horse Feeds and Pro Elite Feeds to offer up some great prizes all week long — just by signing up (you can use the embedded form below), you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive a prize!
3. If you haven’t become a Patreon supporter for EN, now might be your time! While all of our standard coverage will always be available on EN, we’re planning some exclusive interviews and other tidbits just for our Patreon Facebook group members. Patreon tiers start at just $5 a month, and you can sign up to become a member here. P.S.: All Patreon will receive a discount code for EN’s Ultimate Guide to Land Rover Kentucky!
I am thrilled to be working alongside my co-editor, Leslie Wylie, as well as our intrepid reporters/photographers Shelby Allen and Tilly Berendt — and with Maggie Deatrick and Abby Powell supporting remotely — on the ground in Kentucky. It’s a true honor to work with this team, who has put their heart and soul into our Kentucky content, and to be able to bring you the Kentucky coverage you deserve. We wish you could be there with us, but we hope we can at least make you feel as close to being there as possible.
See you soon! Go eventing.