Omega Alpha Kentucky Pick ‘Em Contest: Who WOULD Have Won LRK3DE? Readers Weigh In

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class, winners of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Last week we asked readers to share with us who they thought MIGHT have won the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, and you guys had … many strong opinions. We entered all those picks into a random drawing for an Omega Alpha “Guts to Win” prize pack valued at $300 via EN’s 8th Annual Kentucky Pick ‘Em Contest, Presented by Omega Alpha.

Here were your top five picks to win:

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg are clearly winning the popular vote right now for ALL the things — they also handily won our polls for “Best LRK3DE Cross Country Round of the Decade” and “Best LRK3DE Show Jumping Round of the Decade.” They’re certainly my write-in vote for the 2020 Presidential Election — who’s with me!?! #ThomasForPresident

A few other popular horse/rider combinations in our poll:

  • Allie Sacksen & Sparrow’s Nio
  • Allison Springer & Business Ben
  • Colleen Rutledge & Covert Rights
  • Caroline Martin & Islandwood Captain Jack
  • Cornelia Dorr & Sir Patico
  • Doug Payne & Vandiver
  • Elisa Wallace & Simply Priceless
  • Erin Sylvester & Paddy the Caddy
  • Frankie Thieriot Stutes & Chatwin
  • Fylica Barr & Galloway Sunrise
  • Hawley Bennett & Jollybo
  • Jessica Phoenix & Pavarotti
  • Kim Severson & Cooley Cross Border
  • Leah Lang & AP Prime
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp & Deniro Z
  • Mia Farley & Firecracker
  • Marilyn Little & RF Scandalous
  • Piggy French & Quarrycrest Echo
  • Sharon White & Cooley On Show

And, as always, there are the left-field picks — the equivalent of a write-in vote for Dolly Parton for President (I’d also be down for that!)

Some votes came in from the racing scene. I mean, a five-star event seems like a big ask for a three-year-old Thoroughbred who’s never jumped a single fence before, but there’s a first time for everything, #YOLO!

  • Drayden Van Dyke & Authentic
  • Joel Rosario & Man In The Can
  • Manny Franco & Tiz the Law

We had a handful of nostalgia picks …

  • David O’Connor & Giltedge
  • Karen O’Connor & Theodore O’Connor
  • Philip Dutton & True Blue Girdwood (we also got a vote for “P Dutty” and a “Phillip Dutton on whoever he entered”)

Some European leanings …

  • Michael Jung
  • Ingrid Klimke & Hale Bob
  • Not an American 🙁

And one write-in vote for a 14-hand pony named Rio Grande. Hey, Theodore O’Connor did it … dream big!

And the winner, by random drawing, was Grace Mull , whose (virtual) money was on Phillip Dutton and Z. Congrats!

Many thanks to Omega Alpha for sponsoring this contest, and for their support of Eventing Nation.

Go (Virtual) Eventing!