The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is open to spectators this year, and there’s plenty to keep you busy in addition to the competition.
Along with the main event, the CCI5*-L, the weekend also will feature a CCI4*-S division and a two-day show jumping competition in the form of the Kentucky Invitational CSI3* on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Wednesday, April 27: The first horse inspection, or jog, is at 3 p.m. This is for the five-star only.
Thursday, April 28: Dressage kicks off with the CCI4*-S test ride at 7:30 a.m., followed by four-star dressage from 8 to 11:30 a.m. After a lunch break, the five-star test ride will take place at 12:30 p.m. Competition kicks off at 1 p.m. and will run until 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 28: Dressage continues, beginning with the four-star division from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Five-star competitors will take over at 12:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 p.m.
The show jumping competition has returned this year, and the $37,000 Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Welcome Speed Cup 1.40m class will start at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 30: Cross-country day starts at 9 a.m. with the four-star division, which is expected to run until 11:15 a.m. The five-star division will begin after a planned hour-and-35-minute lunch break. The first horse will head out at 12:50 p.m., and the division is expected to conclude at 4:45 p.m.
The $225,000 Kentucky Invitational CSI3* will begin at 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 1: The second horse inspection will take place at 7:30 a.m. for both divisions. Riders will show jump in reverse order of placing. The CCI4*-S will go first, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., with an awards ceremony immediately following. The five-star will begin at 2:30 p.m. By about 4:45 p.m. there should be a winner, with a second awards ceremony to follow.
You can find a full schedule here.
Where you can watch: You can watch the livestream on USEF Network. A USEF membership is required, but they’re running a fan membership promotion with the code DoverLRK3DE22.
Highlights of the weekend also will be broadcast at 1 p.m. ET May 14 on NBC and at 2 p.m. ET May 29 on CNBC, as well as being available on NBC’s Peacock streaming service May 14-June 14.
How to follow along: The Chronicle is on-site at the Kentucky Horse Park with reporters to bring you everything you need to know at coth.com, so you don’t have to miss a minute of the action. You can find all of our coverage from the week here. You can also follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Who’s here: Currently, 48 competitors will start the five-star. You can keep up with withdrawals from the entry list here.
Seven combinations will be traveling to Kentucky from Europe. While reigning winner Oliver Townend is skipping Kentucky this year, three-time victor Michael Jung returns with his Olympic mount fischerChipmunk FRH. Fellow Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell returns to Kentucky with two mounts, Majas Hope and Maybach. Two more British riders, Sarah Bullimore (Corouet) and Yasmin Ingham (Banzai Du Loir), will be making the journey. New Zealand rider Jonelle Price is bringing McClaren, and Irish rider Joseph Murphy brings Calmaro.
We will also see five rookies: Woods Baughman (C’est La Vie 135), Marc Grandia (Campari FFF), Alexandra MacLeod (Newmarket Jack), Lexi Scovil (Chico’s Man VDF Z) and Booli Selymar (Millfield Lancando).
Want to get to know them better? Go behind the stall door with us to meet some of the horses entered:
- Fylicia Barr’s Galloway Sunrise
- Woods Baughman’s C’est La Vie 135
- Hawley Bennett-Awad’s Jollybo
- Hannah Sue Burnett’s Harbour Pilot
- Sydney Elliott’s QC Diamantaire
- Will Faudree’s Pfun
- Lisa Marie Fergusson’s Honor Me
- Emily Hamel’s Corvett
- Boyd Martin’s Tsetserleg
- Doug Payne’s Vandiver
- Tamie Smith’s Mai Baum
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 23 Kentucky Results issue for more in-depth coverage and analysis of the event.