The eagles have landed! Many West Coast based horses and international horses who will be be competing at Kentucky arrived on-site at the Kentucky Horse Park over the weekend. While some competitors got to spend the weekend settling in with their horses, many other international riders will be landing in the Bluegrass today too to join their five-star horses, after a busy weekend competing several other horses at Burnham Market.
Our British correspondent Tilly Berendt was on-site at Burnham Market working tirelessly all weekend too — if you missed any of her coverage you can find it here. Tilly is going to be landing in the Bluegrass this week too for her first trip to Kentucky, helping EN to bring you a ridiculous amount of Kentucky coverage.
Eventing season is in full swing in both hemispheres right now with FEI events having taken place in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and of course the US and UK over the past week. Five of those countries hosted CCI4*-S divisions.
Your Monday News & Notes:
Sara Mittleider announced via Facebook that she is withdrawing La Paz from the Kentucky 5* after the gelding was involved in a freak accident. We’re so gutted for you Sara, and we’re wishing “Muki” the best and speediest of recoveries.
Kyle Carter is the new Jimmy Wofford — at least when it comes to handicapping Kentucky entries for The Chronicle of the Horse. With Jimmy stepping down from his iconic role of assessing each horse and rider pair in the magazine’s Kentucky preview issue, Kyle was offered the job and unabashedly accepted it. He reflects on the meaning the role and on the running of this years event: [Inspiration Comes In Many Forms At Kentucky]
Have you met this year’s crop of Five-Star First-Timers yet? So far we’ve gotten to know Ema Klugman, Fylicia Barr, and Emily Hamel. Coming up, we’ll meet Zoe Crawford, Valerie Vizzcarondo Pride, and Mike Pendleton.
As we are full steam ahead into Kentucky next week, we’re looking forward to bringing you our famous EN coverage in a whole new way. Early next week, we’ll be launching the first-ever EN Ultimate Form Guide to Kentucky, available as a download for a small fee. We’re also launching the LRK3DE Daily Digest (click here to sign up – it’s free!), a daily email sent out early each morning during competition full of coverage links, predictions, giveaways/contests, and more. Finally, it’s a great time to become an EN Patreon supporter – we’ll be doing some exclusive content in our private Facebook group just for Patrons all week long.
Morning Viewing: Meet one of Britain’s rising dressage stars, Sonnar Murray-Brown, who has overcome the odds after a serious car crash to not only walk, but ride again.