Lexington, Ky.—April 29
A stadium full of people held their breath as the final few riders headed into the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park for the final phase of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Hearts pounded as hooves clipped rails, and everyone waited to see if the rails would stay in the cups.
Could Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg jump a crucial clear and become the first U.S. rider to take the top prize since 2008? But for that to happen, Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class needed to fault on course. It wouldn’t take much—less than a rail separated them—but they had to make a mistake. Though “Cooley” tapped a fence midway through the course, the pole stayed up. And when the gelding’s hind legs touched down over the final oxer, all rails where they started, Townend took his second consecutive Kentucky trophy back to England.
Watch Townend’s winning performance from each phase, courtesy of USEF Network:
Watch runner-up Boyd Martin’s performances, courtesy of USEF Network:
We were site at the Kentucky Horse Park to bring you all the info and photos you need to know from the biggest event of the year. Check back all weekend at coth.com and be sure to pick up the May 20 print edition of the Chronicle for much more.