An Extraordinary Cross-Country Day At Land Rover Kentucky In Photos

Apr 24, 2021 - 5:34 PM

Lexington, Ky.—April 24

It was an eerie feeling heading out on the cross-country course at the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L this morning. With no spectators allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the day was a bit subdued.

There were no lines to get into the Kentucky Horse Park, no fans lining the famous Head Of The Lake, and no thundering cheers following riders around as they tackled Derek di Grazia’s course.

But even without tens of thousands of fans, the event still had that special feeling. While many didn’t make it through the finish flags and ended their weekend in disappointment, we saw some amazing rides and happy horses and riders.

Here are a few of our favorite moments.

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Jonelle Price of New Zealand and Grovine de Reve are in a tie for sixth place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Leaders Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class rode in the worst of the rain. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Sharon White gives Cooley On Show a pat. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous at the finish. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Tim Price gets Jonelle Price warmed up on Classic Moet. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus rode into 11th place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Marilyn Little and Clayton Fredericks watched the livestream while out walking the course. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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New Zealand’s Tim Price and Bango jumped to ninth place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Kurt Martin’s Delux Z was focused on his job. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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The Normandy Bank was a little different this year and didn’t utilize the ditch side. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Classic Moet in the box. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Aubrey Davidson gives dad Buck Davidson a post cross-country analysis. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Delux Z and Kurt Martin pop over the Footbridge. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Sharon White and Cooley On Show rode the tricky line of fine 14ABC, the Goosebumps. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Rosie wasn’t impressed while working as an outrider horse. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Five-star first timers Fylicia Barr and her Craigslist horse Galloway Sunrise completed the course with no jumping penalties. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Dressage leaders Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous dropped to 32nd place with time penalties. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Doug Payne’s Quantum Leap finished his first five-star cross-country. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Tamie Smith’s Mai Baum cooled down at the finish with owner Alex Ahearn looking on. Kimberly Loushin Photo
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Californian Emilee Libby and Jakobi completed the course with no jumping penalties. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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There were plenty of black flag options for those who wanted to take an easier route. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Jonelle Price and Classic Moet. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Boyd Martin and On Cue are in second place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Australia’s Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam, tied for sixth. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Sydney Elliott’s QC Diamantaire finished with a clear jumping round, in a tie for 16th. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Daniel Clasing rode MW Gangster’s Game around the horse’s first five-star with a solid round. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Dom Schramm’s Bolytair B was focused on the next fence. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Lisa Marie Fergusson enjoyed the ride on Honor Me over the new gates at fence 13. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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German rider Anna Siemer and FRH Butt’s Avondale. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Phillip Dutton and Z, jumping to 13th place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way, in 15th. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Tamie Smith and Mai Baum rode to 18th place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Five-star first timers Ema Klugman and Bendigo had a clear jumping round. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Will Coleman and Tight Lines are in 10th place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class are in eighth place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Buck Davidson and Jak My Style jumped into the first water at MARS Sustainability Bay. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Doug Payne and Vandiver, in 14th. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Five-star first timers Emily Hamel and Corvett blazed around the course to sit in 26th place. Lindsay Berreth Photo
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Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. Lindsay Berreth Photo

The Chronicle of the Horse will be on-site all week for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event bringing you reports from each round of competition, beautiful photos and stories from the competitors. Follow along with all of our coverage here, and be sure to read our May 17 Kentucky Results issue for more in-depth coverage and analysis of the event.

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