The Thoroughbred Superfan’s Guide to LRK3DE

Image courtesy of Retired Racehorse Project.

Love Thoroughbreds? If you’ve come to the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, you’ve come to the right place. Not only is Lexington the heart of Thoroughbred country, the event itself features a number of ways to celebrate the breed, which is well represented on this year’s entry list — see Kristen Kovatch’s “The Thoroughbreds of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.”

Our friends at Retired Racehorse Project have compiled this list of ways to get your Thoroughbred fix at LRK3DE! Click here for a full RPP event schedule.

  • Stop by the Retired Racehorse Project Booth. Located in tent booth #130 on the floor of the Covered Arena, RPP is a hub of activity. Pick up your Thoroughbred order of go to follow all your favorites; make a donation or complete the RPP Scavenger Hunt to get a commemorative Lynn Symansky and Donner poster — a signing will take place Saturday, April 27th after conclusion of cross country (specific time TBA) — presented by ProElite; and stock up on your RPP gear.
  • Walk the cross country course with Elisa Wallace. Get the inside scoop on how riders tackle this big cross country course from top rider Elisa Wallace, who is also the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Champion. Thursday, April 25, 3 pm, meet at Fence 1. Presented by Buckeye Nutrition.
  • Try your hand at the RRP Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the RRP Booth to pick up your scavenger hunt passport, solve the clues and collect stamps from participating vendors and turn in your passport by 3 p.m. Saturday. Complete the hunt and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three gift baskets and a free Thoroughbreds of the KY 3-Day poster.
  • Get pumped for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover! RPP is hosting two previews: Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m, and Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. in the Walnut Ring. Riders at the top of their disciplines will present their 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover hopefuls and seasoned OTTBs with commentary from Dorothy Crowell. This year’s previews include Joyce Brinsfield on More Moola, Cathy Wieschhoff on Southern Sunday, Rosie Napravnik on Bethel Wildcat, and Elisa Wallace on Play Big. See horse and rider bios on the RPP website.
  • Join RPP for a Meet and Greet Breakfast on Sunday, April 28 from 8:30-10 a.m. at the USHJA Offices. Join RRP staff, Makeover trainers, members and volunteers for a social hour with a light breakfast (and mimosas!). Proceeds from this breakfast support RRP. Tickets are $28; click here to purchase. Sponsored by Guardian Horse Bedding.
  • Visit the Thoroughbred Charities represented in the Trade Fair. Among them: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (Booth #230), Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (Booth #227), and KY Equine Adoption Center (Booth #228). The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is located on-grounds, in case you feel like doing some OTTB shopping while you’re there!
  • Attend the New Vocations Open Barn and BBQ, to be held at the conclusion of the dressage phase on Friday, April 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event takes place at New Vocations at Mereworth Farm, which will open its doors for tours, a meet-and-greet with the horses, educational demonstrations and a delicious BBQ meal. Four-star eventer Nick Larkin is the featured presenter for the evening, along with Jen Roytz as moderator. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
  • Take part in the Inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit. The event will be held Tuesday, April 23rd, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Spindletop Hall (3414 Iron Works Pike). The event focuses solely on ways to keep riders and handlers safe and will host researchers, equestrians and equine enthusiasts in a format that combines expert panels, individual speakers and poster presentations. Learn more here.
  • Enjoy a Horse Country Tour. Horse Country is an organization of thoroughbred stud farms, nurseries, clinics, a feed mill, and aftercare facilities united for the purpose of fan development and tourism experiences. At one of our twenty-five touring locations, guests can learn about the operations and day to day life of the people and athletes of the equine industry. Click here for more information.

Go Thoroughbreds. Go Eventing!

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