We’ve been waiting a long time for this day — TWO years, not the usual one — and it’s finally here: the best day of the best weekend all year. Thanks to the hard work of some determined women eventers (namely Sara Kozumplik Murphy, Lynn Symansky and Dorothy Crowell for their coordinated fundraising effots) and to all those who donated through the grassroots fundraising efforts (ALL of whom are listed here) a large contingent of horses will gallop across the bluegrass today.
I’m happy for everyone who is getting to compete this weekend, and I’m happy we all get to enjoy it from the comfort of our homes, but I think I’m the happiest for those who are getting this chance after a long road of hard work and, with all the other cancellations depleting the calendar, might not otherwise get the chance at ever coming to this event. Specifically some of the eldest horses in the field like Jonelle Price’s 18-year-old Classic Moet, a quirky courageous mare for whom this could be a last big hurrah, and time five-star first-timer Ema Klugman’s nearly 19-year-old Bendigo, for whom this could be both a first and last five-star.
Here’s wishing each and every pair safe rides today. Go Eventing.
U.S. Weekend Action:
The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: [Website] [EN’s Ultimate Form Guide] [CCI4*-S Live Scores] [CCI5* Live Scores] [5* Ride Times] [4* Ride Times] [Schedule] [North America Live Stream] [Worldwide Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]
Before the action starts, familiarize yourself with both courses here.
If you haven’t already, now is the absolute best time to go grab a copy of our Ultimate Form Guide to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. It’s conveniently laid out in draw order with a two-page spread full of stats and the backstory on each pair so you can follow along as each competitor leaves the start box. Yes, it costs a little actual money — but it’s only $5 and you can feel extra great about it because $1 from each purchase will go to an equestrian access program or nonprofit serving underrepresented demographics. It’s also nearly 150 pages of easy to read facts, figures and fun so trust us, you’re getting your money’s worth here.
Saturday Video: Take a closer look at Pete’s Hollow, Fences 16 and 17AB. This will be a fun one to watch.