Even if you dwell in the most remote, secluded reaches of the eventing world cave, you’ll recognize many of the names on the 2019 entry list for the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, taking place after cross country on Saturday at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Among the 30 accepted entries:
- Kent Farrington (USA), Olympic silver and WEG bronze medalist
- Peter Wylde (USA), Olympic gold medalist
- Margie Engle (USA), U.S. Olympic veteran, WEG silver medalist and Pan American Games gold, silver and bronze medalist
- Lauren Hough (USA), Olympic and WEG veteran and Pan American Games gold and bronze medalist
- Todd Minikus (USA), who has competed at nine World Cup Finals
- Christine McCrea (USA), Pan American Games double gold medalist
- Karl Cook and Schuyler Riley (USA), who have each competed at three World Cup Finals
- Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA), who has ridden in two World Cup Finals
- Callan Solem (USA), the highest-placed U.S. rider at the 2016 World Cup Finals.
- Other top U.S. show jumpers including Aaron Vale, Ali Wolff, Hayley Barnhill, Hilary McNerney, Jonathan McCrea, Noel Fauntleroy and Spencer Brittan
- Santiago Lambre (MEX), Olympic and FEI WEG veteran and winner of the inaugural event
- Conor Swail (IRE), Team Ireland veteran who finished in third-place last year
- Kevin Babington (IRE), who placed fourth individually in the 2004 Athens Olympics
- Paul O’Shea and Shane Sweetnam (IRE), who competed for Ireland at the 2018 WEG
- Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Samuel Parot (CHL), WEG veterans
- Top Irish show jumpers Daniel Coyle and Lorcan Gallagher
- Additional international competitors include Rowan Willis and Hilary Scott (AUS), Vanessa Mannis (CAN) and Eugenio Garza (MEX)
The second annual CSI show jumping event will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday following cross country. Opening ceremonies will take place at 4 p.m.
The CSI is organized by Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), who brought in Derek Braun, founder of the highly-successful Split Rock Jumping Tour, to help manage the event. Guilherme Jorge, show jumping course designer at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, returns as course designer.
There will also be a $36,000 Welcome Speed Cup 1.45m ranking class on Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in Rolex Stadium, after the day’s LRK3DE dressage competition. No stadium seat ticket is required for the Speed Cup.
Re-live the action of the inaugural 2018 Grand Prix, which drew an audience of over 10,000 spectators:
Stadium seating tickets for the Grand Prix are only $5 each – with $1 going to Land Rover Kentucky’s 2019 Official Charity, Bluegrass Land Conservancy. Grand Prix tickets are available here.
The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN, takes place April 25-28, 2019 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Visit the event website here.
[Olympic Veterans Head List of Top Show Jumping Riders Entered for $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN]