Oliver Townend of Great Britain Wins Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event for Second Year in a Row

Top three jump clear with Boyd Martin finishing second for the USA and Tim Price third for New Zealand.

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It’s officially a repeat victory in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Defending champ Oliver Townend of Great Britain rode Cooley Master Class to a zero-fault show jump round, maintaining his first-place standing after cross-country and taking home the $130,000 grand prize, Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch and 12-month lease on a Land Rover Discovery at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class
Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class

“He’s a fantastic jumper,” said Townend. “He’s really careful and tries his best, although he has his own way of going. It’s my job to give him his room at the verticals and have plenty of canter at the oxers. The round went to plan, although he had a rub at the water tray [liverpool]. When he rubs a fence, he apologizes for the next six. I’m happy with how he performed and that I didn’t muck it up for him.”

Placing highest for the USA at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event was Boyd Martin aboard Tsetserleg; the pair also jumped double-clear to maintain their second-place standing after cross-country.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg
Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg

“My bloke didn’t give me the most confidence in the warm up; he was jumping all over the shop,” said Martin. “But he loves the crowd and atmosphere, and after he tapped the first fence, he really tried at the second fence. He jumps in really big in combinations, so I had to come in really short at 4ab. Once he jumped that, I knew I was in with a shot.”

Tim Price (NZL) also maintained his overnight placing with a double-clear jumping round today on Xavier Faer.

Tim Price and Xavier Faer
Tim Price and Xavier Faer

“You’re never quite sure what you’re going to get until you get out there,” said Price. “He’s spooky and takes a special disliking to liverpools, and the whole middle of arena was an ocean of water trays. But he was jumping really well and keeping his shape even though he looked at the odd fence. He’s a big, scopey honest horse, and it’s exciting as he gets more established at this level.”

Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo
Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo

Rounding out the top 10 at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event were Piggy French (GBR) and Quarrycrest Echo; Doug Payne (USA) and Vandiver; Felix Vogg (SUI) and Colero; Phillip Dutton (USA) and Z; Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Paramount Importance; Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Vermiculus; and Leslie Law (GBR) and Voltaire de Tré.

For complete scores and order of finish, please visit www.kentuckythreedayevent.com.

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Holly Caccamise
Holly Caccamise has been with Horse Illustrated and Young Rider since 2007, and in August 2019, she took over as head editor. She’s been instrumental in the production of both magazines and helped Horse Illustrated win a 2018 American Horse Publications Media Award in the General Excellence Self-Supported Publication (circulation 15,000 and over) category. Before getting involved in the editorial side of print media, she worked as an award-winning ad copywriter for Thoroughbred Times magazine. Caccamise has her MS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, where she studied equine nutrition and exercise physiology, and her Bachelor’s from UCLA in Biology. Caccamise has also worked as a research assistant, horse camp counselor teaching riding and vaulting, and as a top-level show groom in the eventing world, where she continues to compete her horse, Artie, at the lower levels.

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