2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event to Host Dressage and Stunt Parachuting Demonstrations – Horse Racing News
The three-day Land Rover Kentucky event presented by MARS Equestrian (LRK3DE) will host dressage and parasailing demonstrations when it returns to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY from April 28 to May 1, 2022.
Organized by Equestrian Events Inc. (EEI), the three-day Land Rover Kentucky presented by MARS Equestrian™ event features one of seven annual five-star three-day events in the world, as well as the Kentucky CSI3 Invitational Grand Prix* of $225,000 presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Known as “The Best Weekend of the Year”, the event attracts over 80,000 spectators each year who also enjoy plenty of shopping, a variety of hospitality experiences and a wide variety of demonstrations.
This year’s demonstrations will include para dressage, the only equestrian sport at the Paralympic Games, and the emerging sport of para jumping. Rebecca Hart, who has competed in four consecutive Paralympic Games, and Wren Blae Zimmerman, a blind jumper who competes in USEF-recognized competitions and has the ultimate goal of helping jumping become Paralympic. collaborate with EEI to organize the demonstrations. sport.
“We are extremely excited to host dressage and skydiving demonstrations,” said Mike Cooper, Chairman of the Board of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI). “What Rebecca Hart and Wren Blae Zimmerman do as pilots is incredibly impressive and an inspiration to anyone who faces physical or other challenges. We are thrilled to join them in presenting demonstrations of their sports at our event!
Each demonstration will feature 2-3 runners and demonstrations in both disciplines will take place on Friday and Saturday at Walnut Arena and Rolex Stadium. Both will also be featured as part of Sunday’s Opening Ceremonies. Hart, as a Paralympic veteran, will also appear as part of “Champions Live!” a panel discussion held annually at LRK3DE that features US equestrian champions from each Olympic/Paralympic discipline.
“I am both thrilled and incredibly grateful to EEI for the opportunity to bring skydiving to the United States at such a prestigious and well-attended event as the three-day Land Rover Kentucky event,” said said Zimmerman. “I hope to contribute to the growth and accessibility of equestrian sport by promoting change within the equestrian community. The short term goal is for parasailing to become an officially recognized discipline which will help in ultimately to establish the resources, pathways and competitive opportunities that riders with disabilities badly need to compete in show jumping disciplines.
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The three-day Land Rover Kentucky event is an exciting multi-day competition featuring Olympic-level riders and horses in what can best be described as an equestrian triathlon. Pairs of horses and riders compete in three phases of the competition – dressage, cross-country and show jumping – for $375,000 in prize money. Two separate eventing competitions are organised, a CCI5*-L and a CCI4*-S. LRK3DE is the longest running five-star event in the Americas and, as a major event in the United States, it also serves as the Land Rover/USEF CCI-5*-L National Eventing Championship presented by MARS Equestrian for American athletes.
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