A total of 75 pairs have entered the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L as of the closing date on March 23.
Last year’s competition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year’s event was saved by fundraising efforts from fans and supporters, but spectators will not be allowed. It will be the only spring five-star after the cancellation of the Badminton Horse Trials (England).
Several riders have entered three horses, including Buck Davidson (Erroll Gobey, Carlevo and Jak My Style), recent Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI4*-S (North Carolina) winner Will Coleman (Off The Record, Tight Lines and Dondante), Australia’s Clayton Fredericks (Ophelia, FE Stormtrooper and FE Always In Time), Boyd Martin (Tsetserleg TSF, On Cue and Long Island T), Lauren Nicholson (Vermiculus, Paramount Importance and Landmark’s Monte Carlo), Jonelle Price (Grappa Nera, Grovine de Reve and Classic Moet) and World No. 1 Oliver Townend (Ballaghmor Class, Cooley Master Class and Treglider).
Cooley Master Class was the 2019 Kentucky winner with Townend, and the British rider has another previous five-star winner in Ballaghmor Class. Great Britain-based Tim and Jonelle Price, riding for New Zealand, have five horses between them, including five-star winner Classic Moet.
The West Coast contingent includes Hawley Bennett-Awad, Emilee Libby and Sara Mittleider.
Chronicle reporters will be on site in Kentucky to bring you all the action, and we’ll update this page as withdrawals happen before the event begins. Be sure to check out our April 19 Kentucky Preview issue of the print magazine for a complete roster of entries and great stories on some of this year’s competitors.
See the full list of five-star entries here.