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'Best Weekend All Year' Three Day Equestrian Event Moves Online Due To Pandemic

Samantha Lederman

The Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event should have happened this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park but as Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman explains it's yet another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 16th of this year it was announced that for the first time in its history the Kentucky Three Day Event had no choice but to cancel due to the global pandemic.  2020 would have been the 44th edition of the Three Day Event – a competition that’s grown exponentially since the first horse trial at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1976.  Now it attracts the best horses and riders from all over the world and serves at the U.S. Equestrian National Five Star Championship.  Last year alone 72,000 spectators attended and the event had a $14.2M impact on the Commonwealth.

This year the famous trade stands are open for shopping online only and the United States Equestrian Federation has come up with a weekend of virtual competition, with plans to air interviews with riders slated to compete this weekend, flashbacks over the previous twenty years on the USEF network, and a whole day of commentary and fun on Facebook live on Saturday; the cross country day that was not to be.

Historically dubbed ‘The Best Weekend All Year’ we now look forward hopefully to 2021.

Listeners might remember Lederman and her English accent from when she was a morning news anchor on WUKY from 1999 to 2001.
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