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April 29, 2018

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is very pleased to announce the new inductees that will join the 40 other members of the USEA's Eventing Hall of Fame in 2018. This year, we will honor six inductees whose accomplishments and contributions have truly made a difference in the sport of eventing. The inductees will be formally inducted during the Hall of Fame Gala at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana this December. We will be releasing the names of the six inductees over the coming month.

April 29, 2018

It was a tense morning at the second horse inspection as both the overnight leader, FischerRocana FST, and second-placed Nobilis 18 were held. Fortunately they both passed upon reinspection, but Paddy The Caddy wasn’t so fortunate. Three horses withdrew before the horse inspection, so 32 horses will start show jumping at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Spring Easy, Caroline Martin’s ride was presented by her coach, Leslie Law, and was asked to jog two times before being sent to the hold box. The 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Garrison Royal x Castlegrogan Clare) was accepted upon reinspection.

April 28, 2018

“It’s a four-star, there’s no question. You had to ride well. There was questions everywhere, there was plenty of places to have mistakes, but I don’t believe cross-country courses should just be tough. I think [Derek di Grazia] got the balance exactly right,” said Christopher Burton in the press conference following the conclusion of cross-country at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The other riders joined in Burton’s praise of course designer, di Grazia, who changed things up quite a bit in his seventh year of designing.

Ahead of the day di Grazia thought only two to three pairs would make it inside the optimum time of 11:03, but there ended up being 11 who crossed the finish line with zero time penalties.

April 28, 2018

Michael Jung and his own, Bridgitte, and Joachim Jung’s FischerRocana FST (Ituango XX x Rose II) emerged at the top of the leaderboard following cross-country at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The three-time winner added just a single time penalty to his dressage score to take back the lead on an overnight score of 27.5.

“I’m very happy about FischerRocana, but first I have to say also that we had a really good course, a really nice course – I liked it,” said Jung. “Also, the gallop track changed from the last year, and my feeling was much better. For FischerRocana, she was really wonderful to ride, nice galloping. She gave me a really good feeling around [the course.]”

April 28, 2018

Cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is finally here! After two days of dressage action, Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous sit at the top of the leaderboard on a score of 24.8, just more than two points ahead of second-place pair Michael Jung and FischerRocana FST. Christopher Burton and Nobilis 18 round out the top three, but with just more than 20 points separating the 46-horse field, the leaderboard could be in for some major changes today.

April 28, 2018

The global sports data and technology company, EquiRatings, a partner of USEA, has set out six facts for eventing fans to consider following dressage and heading into cross-country day at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.  

Judges Deserve Credit

While most of the talk has been about the dressage multiplier, it is worth mentioning that we saw a superb job from our dressage judges (Sue Baxter, Jane Hamlin, and Christian Landolt) over the last couple of days. The expected average for the field was 35.3. The actual average of the field was 36.

April 27, 2018

 

In this lesson from the USEA Virtual Event College, Phillip Dutton explains his tactics for making optimum time on a cross-country course. Dutton fills us in on how he plans ahead by walking the course and taking mental notes of the minute markers so that he knows how fast he needs to go each minute to meet his markers. He also explains his main strategies for saving time each time he rides cross-country. 

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April 27, 2018

Marilyn Little has been staying home and focusing on RF Scandalous’ training over the last year and that strategy seemed to have paid off as she scored a personal best dressage mark to take a commanding lead in the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

April 27, 2018

 

In this lesson from the USEA Virtual Event College, Diarmuid Byrne from EquiRatings gives us a walk through on how statistics can be used to make predictions at equestrian events. Diarmuid compares past Kentucky years, explains what happened across the past two days of dressage at LRK3DE, and gives us his projected winners for 2018!

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April 27, 2018

 

In this lesson from the USEA Virtual Event College, Tamie Smith gives us a preview of the iconic Head of the Lake on the 2018 LRK3DE cross-country course. She shows us the direct route versus the option, explaining the differences and why certain riders may choose one over the other. 

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April 27, 2018

There isn’t a new name on the top of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event leaderboard at the lunch break of day two, but it isn’t for lack of trying by Christopher Burton and Nobilis 18 who scored a 27.9 to claim the second spot at the lunch break.

“It was a really cute thing at the end that the crowd was saying “oh” when he went into second place,” said Burton after his test aboard Sue Lawson, Carolyn Townsend, and Burton’s own 13-year-old Hanoverian Gelding (Nobre XX x Lilli). “I thought that was sweet.”

So is it enviable to be sitting behind Michael Jung? “No! I have been doing it my whole life,” continued Burton. “It isn’t enviable at all. There is a long way to go yet, this is just the dressage. We always love watching [Jung] ride on the flat.”

April 26, 2018

 

In this lesson from the USEA Virtual Event College, Ellie MacPhail O’Neal lets us in on what makes her most nervous, how she copes with nerves, and what her diet consists of on a competition day. Hint: it’s not your typical ‘healthy’ meals/snacks!

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