It’s the final day of Virtual Kentucky! Sometimes I worry that I’m becoming a hardened journalist — following eventing is my day-in, day-out job, after all. But then it’s show jumping day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and by the top 10 my heart is in my throat and by the final round I’m blubbering like a baby, overwhelmed by emotion, and 100% reminded of just how much I love this sport.
I’m missing that experience today, as are so many in our community. Lucky for us, throughout this week USEF Network has been allowing us to take a road trip down memory lane, rebroadcasting footage of legend Kentucky performances from the past decades.
If you’re not already a USEF Member, you can use a special promo code for EN readers — ENLRK3DE — to watch all the videos for free!
We’ve been running reader polls to determine the best Kentucky performances of the past decade. For our dressage poll, the lead has been flipping flopping between Lauren Kieffer and Veronica (2016) and Allison Springer and Arthur (2014) — Allison currently has the edge by a few percentage points. No such ambiguity when it comes to cross country rounds — Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg (2019) are running away with the popular vote by a landslide. Possible write-in vote overtake of the November 2020 presidential election? We shall see….
One more day, one more poll! Of the following show jumping rounds from 2011 to 2019: which do you think was the best?
Guess what? ALL of those rounds, along with many more, are available on the USEF Network website. Click on any image below to be taken to the video, or just head on over to USEF Network and go exploring yourself. You can even take a deep dive into ride reviews, favorite memories, interviews and other special features. Thank you for keeping the Kentucky spirit alive, USEF Network!
(Hard stop here: With all due respect to EN founder John and the iPhone 1.0, but can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that this is THE BEST photo EN took of the 2011 winner. Really?!)
Go Virtual Eventing!