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April 24 Update: 2023 Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L Withdrawals

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The entry list for this year’s Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L, which takes place April 26-30, has shrunk.

Will Coleman has withdrawn Dondante, and British Olympic gold medalist Leslie Law withdrew Voltaire De Tre’.

As of April 17:
On April 15 Valerie Pride posted on her Facebook page that she’s withdrawing Favian.

“I believe it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all,” she wrote. “Ten days out from Kentucky and I’m tearfully withdrawing Favian. While I want so badly for him to get to perform in front of thousands cheering for him one last time, his borrowed time is up as we can no longer maintain him at 15 years of age and a lifetime of upper level starts. While I am beyond devastated that I will never again get to see cross-country fences between his genuinely pricked ears, I am forever grateful for every second I got to spend together with my best friend.”

Lillian Heard Wood has opted to withdraw LLC Barnaby and head to the Badminton Horse Trials (England) instead.

As of April 14:
Lauren Nicholson has withdrawn Vermiculus from Kentucky, and the pair is also entered at Badminton.

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Zoe Crawford has withdrawn K.E.C. Zara. Crawford posted on Facebook that 17-year-old “Zara” picked up an injury that will require enough time off that Crawford’s choosing to retire her from the sport.

“She has done more for me and taken me further than I could have ever dreamed! A true 5* horse, I don’t think she would be happy doing anything other than jumping around the biggest tracks,” she wrote.

“Zara was never the easiest horse and was never going to win the dressage but she tried her absolute heart out on cross-country and taught me so much,” the Facebook post continued. “She jumped around all the biggest tracks on the east coast, made quite a few scenes in warm ups (I apologize to everyone who had to be in there with us), and stole quite a few hearts along the way. Thank you to everyone who has ever helped us along the way!”

This article will be updated.

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