Prior to the start of this highly-anticipated event that was nearly cancelled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, Canada has already lost two entries in the CCI5*: Waylon Roberts has sold Lancaster to a young rider, and Holly Jacks-Smither’s horse More Inspiration was found to have a heart murmur while being examined by vets at the venue and was subsequently withdrawn.
The last two editions of this event in 2018 and 2019 saw Oliver Townend (GBR) on Cooley Master Class emerge as the winners. Competition will be fierce this year as this pair will be back to defend their title, joined by previous top-five finishers Boyd Martin (USA) and Tsetserleg TSF, Tim Price (NZL) with Xavier Faer, Marilyn Little (USA) riding RF Scandalous, Philip Dutton (USA) aboard Z, plus other formidable contenders.
Possibly a lucky break for this year’s competitors is the fact that Germany’s Michael Jung, who won this event three times in a row (2015, 2016, 2017) aboard the great eventing mare fischerRocana, has recently retired the 16-year-old.
In addition to the CCI5*-L this year, event organizers EEI have added a CCI4*-S.
The Canadian contingent is made up of:
Karl Slezak (Fernhill Wishes)
Hawley Bennett-Awad (Jollybo)
Colleen Loach (Qorry Blue d’Argouges)
Lisa Marie Fergusson (Honor Me)
Jessica Phoenix (Wabbit, Bogue Sound, Watson GS, Pavarotti)
Colleen Loach (FE Golden Eye, Vermont)
How To Watch
North American fans will be able to watch the livestream for free through the USEF Network by creating a free “fan membership” here using the promo code LRK3DE21. If you’re outside of North America you’ll need to watch through Horse & Country TV.
Live coverage will also be available on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Dave Event Facebook page.
Live scoring will be available here:
USEF Broadcast Schedule: