Cross Coun­try With Jim Wof­ford

Jim breaks down the results from the Land Rover Ken­tucky Three-Day Event and an­a­lyzes rid­ers’ cross-coun­try po­si­tions in his an­nual cri­tique.

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The 2018 Land Rover Ken­tucky Three-Day Event lived up to its billing as the “Best Week­end All Year.” Held at the CCI**** level and cel­e­brat­ing its 21st an­niver­sary, the event show­cased the Ken­tucky Horse Park with sparkling weather, enough ac­tiv­i­ties to keep even the most jaded spec­ta­tors en­ter­tained, a gold-medal-win­ning list of com­peti­tors and beau­ti­ful horses ev­ery­where you looked. Spec­ta­tors’ over­whelm­ing opin­ion: This was one of the best events held at the KHP since the 1978 World Cham­pi­onships.

Be­gin­ning with the low (lower the bet­ter) scores in the dres­sage phase, it quickly be­came clear that the au­di­ence was in for a treat. This year brought a change in the dres­sage scor­ing rules, which com­pressed the dres­sage results. At the end of two days of dres­sage,

roughly half of the com­peti­tors were within 10 points of first place.

The heart of any event­ing com­pe­ti­tion is the cross-coun­try course, and course de­signer Derek di Grazia demon­strated how amaz­ingly dif­fi­cult a cross-coun­try course can be at this level. Yet the equally amaz­ing horses and rid­ers that gal­loped around it showed how easy they could make a four-star course look. At the end of the cross­coun­try phase, there were 10 horses and rid­ers within one show-jumping knock­down of first place. More on this in a minute.

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