by Rachael Zilboorg
The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (LRK3DE) is one of the most exciting equestrian events held in the United States each year. Most often held the last week of April, while the majority of the Thoroughbred industry is looking forward with anticipation to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, sport horse enthusiasts from across the country meet in Lexington, Kentucky, for one of only two top-level Eventing FEI-sanctioned competitions held in the United States each year.
Eventing, especially at the highest levels, requires that a horse and rider be in absolute harmony. All three phases of modern Eventing - Dressage, Cross Country, and Show Jumping - require a laundry list of qualities from horse and rider, including technical skill, precision, agility, strength, bravery, endurance, rapid problem-solving, and trust.
With a well-proven legacy of bravery, endurance, and intelligence, Thoroughbreds and part-Thoroughbred horses are common among the ranks of Eventers at all levels, and the LRK3DE and its sister event, the Cosequin Lexington 4*, are no exception.
While there are multiple Thoroughbred entries in the LRK3DE and Lexington 4*, the topic at hand is, as always, mares. Keep reading to learn about the pair of race-bred Thoroughbred mares competing in this week’s world-class event!
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