Michael Jung returning to the Land Rover Kentucky CCI5*-L to win it again wasn’t exactly a surprise—from the moment he entered, competitors and fans alike knew the German would be the one to beat.
In setting a world-record low score for a five-star aboard fischerChipmunk FRH, Jung delivered a master class in how to “do eventing” at the highest level of the sport. Click below to watch, phase by phase, how a horse and rider who are supple and elegant enough to turn in a 20.1 penalty dressage test (that’s 79.87%, translated to dressage scoring) are also fit and forward enough to gallop a hilly, 11 minute, 4 second, five-star cross-country course and finish with 11 seconds to spare. And then, of course, produce just one of six double-clear show jumping rounds the next day to win. Jung was the sole competitor in a field of 45 to finish on their dressage score, and the 11.6-point gap between his score and his nearest competitor was the largest win margin in Kentucky history.
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The Chronicle of the Horse was 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. See all of our coverage here, and be sure to read our May 23 Kentucky Results issue for more in-depth coverage and analysis of the event.