One Contender Spun, 44 CCI5* Horses Accepted in Tense Final Horse Inspection at LRK3DE

Oliver Townend and Ballaghmore Class. Photo by Shelby Allen.

All 45 horses remaining in the CCI5* at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by MARS equestrian, trotted up this morning before the ground jury of Christina Klingspor, Peter Gray and Bobby Stevenson. A total of four horses were held and asked to re-present, and unfortunately Oliver Townend’s Cooley Master Class, eighth placed after cross country, was not accepted on his second jog.

“I’m just really sad,” Oliver said after the jog. “He’s picked up a bit of a cut. He’s sore but at the same time I hopped on and gave him a little ride this morning. He’s sound to ride, he’s very fresh, he’s well in himself. He would have jumped well. Unfortunately he didn’t present well and obviously the welfare of the horse is paramount in our sport and that’s (the ground jury’s) decision to make and their job to decide. It’s very sad for me and very sad for the team. But he’s still in one piece. He’s very, very happy and well in himself. He had a little buck on the way down from the trot ups. It’s more of a frustration than anything else, but hes 100% well in himself.”

Doug Payne’s second ride, Quantum Leap, Phillip Dutton’s Fernhill Singapore, and Ema Klugman and Bendigo were all sent to the hold box but were accepted on their second presentation.

The CCI4*-S horses also trotted up for the ground jury of Mark Weissbecker and Helen Brettell. Just one horse was sent to the hold: Meghan Marinovich Burdick’s Riviera Lu. They were accepted on their second presentation. There were no overnight withdrawals in either division. We’ll see 22 horses show jumping in the CCI4*-S later this morning.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Generally speaking we saw many horses looking fit and ready to go run around cross country again this morning – a big shout to the grooms, riders and veterinary support staff for looking after these horses last night to ensure they could trot up feeling their best this morning.

We’ll now have a fairly rapid turnaround to begin the CCI4*-S show jumping at 10:45 a.m. EST, followed by the start of CCI5* show jumping at 1:30 p.m. EST and the top 20 beginning at 3 p.m. EST. All divisions will jump in reverse order of standing. We’re sure to have a thrilling finale in both divisions, so be sure to stay tuned on USEF Network, Horse & Country TV and right here on EN for all the latest.

Elisa Wallace and Let It Be Lee. Photo by Shelly Allen.

You can also follow along with all the action using EN’s Ultimate Form Guide to LRK3DE, full of info on each horse including show jumping past performance. We can’t wait to see who our champions will be when the dust settles!

Go Eventing.

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