USEF Network LRK3DE Remix: Best Kentucky XC Round of the Decade?

Photos via the EN archives.

Ah, I know. We ought to have been out there today. Cheering riders on through hits and misses at the Head of the Lake. Getting our hearts broken when a legend takes a tumble, and then stitched back up again when a rookie takes the course by storm. Taking selfies with Chinch and imbibing mimosas and cookie cake at the EN tailgate.

But rather than dwell on what we’re missing, today is the day to celebrate what we’ve got — and that includes so many memories from Kentucky Three-Days past, still as polished and sparkling as the winner’s trophy. A mirror of our sport’s strength, resilience and spirit, and that of its human and equine athletes.

Lucky for us, throughout this week USEF Network is 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! If you missed today’s re-broadcast of the 2012 event, with interviews throughout from John Kyle and featuring Boyd Martin and Allison Springer, check it out here. And it’s never too late (or too early) to sample Tilly Berendt‘s five-star inspired Kentucky tailgate cocktail recipes here!

The other day we ran a reader poll to vote for the best Kentucky dressage test of all time. The winner, by a fraction of a percentage point of the vote over Lauren Kieffer and Veronica in 2016, was Allison Springer and Arthur in 2014.

Let’s keep the ball rolling with a cross country poll. Of the following rounds from 2011 to 2019: which do you think was the best?

Guess what? ALL of those tests, along with many more, are available on the USEF Network website. Click on any image below to be taken to the video of that round, 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!

2011: Mary King and Kings Temptress. Photo via the EN archives.

2012: Allison Spring and Arthur. Photo via the EN Archives.

2012: William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk. Photo courtesy of Nico Morgan Photography.

2013: Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM, 2013. Photo by Samantha Clark.

2013: Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo. Photo by Samantha Clark.

2014: William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero. Photo by Sally Spickard.

2015: Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST. Photo by Rare Air Photography.

2015: Tim Price and Wesko. Photo by Rare Air Photography.

2016: Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2016: Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2017: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2017: Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2017: Phillip Dutton and Mr Medicott. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2018: Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2019: Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

2019: Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Go Virtual Eventing!