After the horse inspection, where the Danish Peter Flarup did not present Fascination and where Cooley Cosmopolitan Diamond, the Irish Sarah Ennis’ horse, was refused by the jury, 39 pairs were on the start list for the show jumping of the 6 year old horses.
In this decisive phase, the British Izzy Taylor did not tremble with Monkeying Around. The pair, in the lead from the dressage test, came out of the ring without any penalty and holding on to the title of Word champion of the eventing 6 year old young horses.
"I came here hoping to do well in this championship, but with a 6 year old horse, you never know ", Izzy Taylor said at the end of the championship. "Obviously I am very happy about this victory, because I have great hopes with this horse. The target is to come back next year and I hope to keep him under my saddle. But I have a family and stables to run, so maybe I will have a difficult choice to make in the future : keep him or sell him"
The Australian Paul Tapner kept his second position with his grey horse Bob Chaplin after clearing the show jumping phase. "I am more than pleased with Bob who has been perfect during the whole competition. If I had not done this mistake in the dressage test, we would have been in the lead… Congrats to Izzy on her win : I will come back with Bob next year and we will win, because it is impossible for Bob not to win ! "
Third after the cross-country, the Irish Elizabeth Power and DSL The Entertainer had a rail down on the jumping course, a fault that benefited the French Thomas Carlile, based in Le Lion d’Angers, and Birmane, French champion of the 6 year old category, who cleared the jumping course. "My mare was a bit tense during the dressage, because she was surprised to see so many people and excitement in an environment she is familiar with, but is much more quiet ususally. It was not necessarily an advantage to compete on home ground. But on the cross-country, she was as good as she can be, and behaved well, like in the jumping phase. She is a promising mare for the future, and the Mondial des 7 ans is already planned in her program for 2018, but the real target with her is Paris 2024".
Astier Nicolas and Alertamalib’or crowned in the 7 year old
In the 7 year old World championship, 45 pairs were on the start list after the horse inspection were three horses were not presented : Santa Fee (Luca Bartolamei, ITA), Moonshine (Michal Hycki, POL) and A Best Friend (Jörg Kurbel, GER).
With less than four points between the first eight horses and the leading trio in the same second, for sure the show jumping would be exciting to follow, and it was the case !
Third after the cross-country, the Australian Christopher Burton moved backwards to the 11th position with two rails down and three time penalty points with Lawtown Boy. The British Mary King was 2nd on the provisional ranking with King Robert and finally places 21st with 16 points ont the fences and 3 time penalty points. The leading pair from the dressage, the New Zealander James Avery and Vitali finished 6th after two rails down and one time penalty point.
The New Zealander champion Andrew Nicholson, winner of the CCI 4* of Badminton last May, and Yacabo BK finished the competition in a fantastic way : 14th after the dressage, then 10th after the cross-country, they dominated the jumping phase and came out of the ring without any penalty with the 3rd position. « I was hoping to be in the Top ten with Yacabo, but with the young horses, you never know… This 3rd place is a great reward for him. He is good in the three phases, and I think he has the level to compete in four star competitions in the future. »
The Bristish Izzy Taylor cleared the course as well, and finally places 2nd of the Mondial du Lion of the 7 year old with Direct Cassino, while she was 9th from the dressage test.
In ambush from the dressage (6th), and in the cross-country (4th), the Olympic champion Astier Nicolas (FRA) rode a perfect course and beautifully won the 7 year old eventing World Championship with Alertamalib’or. « I was a little frustrated after the dressage because I think he deserved a beter score. On the cross-counry, he showed serenity. He was even a bit cold at the beginning. On the show jumping course, he did his job perfectly, and deserves this title, I adore this horse ! »
LAND ROVER NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCES TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT
Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the iconic Kentucky Three-Day Event, and the United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) join with Land Rover North America to announce Land Rover is assuming title sponsorship of the Kentucky Three-Day Event, signing a four-year agreement. Taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington April 26-29, 2018, the event will be rebranded as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Land Rover has also announced its continued support of the United States Equestrian Federation, extending its deal with the federation through 2020.
Following eight years as Official Vehicle and five years as Presenting Sponsor, Land Rover has increased its support of one of America’s biggest and most prestigious equestrian events. One of only six Four Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere, the Kentucky Three-Day Event annually welcomes over 80,000 spectators. Televised on NBC, the competition reaches over 115 million households across the country.
Each year the Kentucky Three-Day Event attracts the world’s best horse-and-rider combinations vying for their share of $400,000 prize money. Previous equestrian stars in attendance include World No.1 and Rio Olympic gold medalist Michael Jung of Germany, who defended his Kentucky title this year to complete a record-breaking hat-trick of competition victories, as well as Land Rover Ambassador and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Tindall MBE, who secured third place in the 2017 event.
“Land Rover has a long-established connection with equestrian sport and we have partnered with the Kentucky Three-Day Event for eight years now,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President of Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “Expanding our partnership with this title sponsorship will further strengthen our relationship with the equestrian community, an important audience for the Land Rover brand.”
Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) Executive Director, Lee Carter, said, “Land Rover is the perfect brand to step into the Title Sponsor role of the Kentucky Three-Day Event. The committed support of a sponsor like Land Rover and the loyalty of our fans and the broader eventing community are what make this event the best weekend all year.”
EEI President Stewart Perry expressed his thanks to Land Rover, saying, “Land Rover has been a cherished partner of our event for eight years and we are thrilled to take our relationship with them to the next level.”
Vicki Lowell, Chief Marketing and Content Officer of US Equestrian spoke of the news, “Land Rover represents premium performance and success, making them the ideal partner for the US Equestrian and our National Championship at the Kentucky Three-Day Event. We are so grateful for their loyalty towards Eventing and all equestrian sports in America and look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with them.”
Following this year’s success, Land Rover is pleased to confirm the return of the ‘Ultimate Stable Experience’ in the sponsor village for all attendees. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to explore the ‘Ultimate Stable Experience,’ which will include a range of top equestrian apparel and equipment with live farrier displays. The seventh annual ‘Land Rover Tailgate Challenge’ will be back in action where Land Rover owners are invited to take part in the hotly contested event, which awards the most creative and best-catered Land Rover tailgate party with an exclusive prize.
A selection of the latest vehicles will be on display on a specially designed off-road demonstration course. Ticket holders are invited to test-drive the newest Land Rover models which will include the latest Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, the all-new Range Rover Velar, Discovery Sport and the all-new Discovery.
30-second royalty free license film
A 30-second royalty free license film of the new Land Rover event title sponsorship announcement, at the Kentucky Horse Park, with Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team riders Will Coleman, Lauren Kieffer and Lynn Symansky, can be viewed and shared here.
To learn more about the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event please visit: kentuckythreedayevent.com.
About Land Rover
Founded in 1948, Land Rover designs, engineers, and manufactures its vehicles in the United Kingdom. For almost 70 years the brand has built a reputation for providing its clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world; whether driving through the heart of the city or traversing the countryside on- and off-road. Today's Land Rover lineup includes the Discovery and Discovery Sport; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Land Rover website at www.landroverusa.com.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports sedan and sports car marques.
The company employs over 40,000 people globally, with 330 in the U.S. and supports around 275,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centered in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia.
At Jaguar Land Rover we are driven by a desire to create class-leading products that deliver great customer experiences. The largest investor in R&D in the UK manufacturing sector, we have invested £12 billion (USD$15.7 billion) in the last five years and in the current year alone will spend over £3.5 billion (USD$4.5 billion) on new product creation and capital expenditure. Last year Jaguar Land Rover sold over 583,000 vehicles in 136 countries, with nearly 80 percent of our vehicles produced in the UK being sold abroad.
About The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event
The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is the nation’s premier Three-Day Event and one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI), the world's governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event as a ‘Four Star’ eventing competition, the highest designation, which is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world. “Land Rover Kentucky” is the only Four Star event in the Western Hemisphere. Known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 26-29, 2018.
The final list of competitors for the Eventing World Championship of Young Horses, held from 19th to 22nd October, is already complete. 23 nations will be there, among which are Russia, Estonia and Chile.
The Isle-Briand Park is one more time about to live at the pace of this World Championship. During four days, the best riders on the planet will ride their future champions. The four days of competition will crown the two world champions in their respective generation. The rivalry promises to be serious with 62 horses on the start list in the 6 year old category and 47 in the 7 year old class.
23 nations on the list…
…And Australia too ! Six year old World champion in 2016, the Australian Christopher Burton (team bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics and 17th on the world ranking list) will be there, on the start list of the 7 year old World Championship with his horse Lawtown Boy.
International champions on the track !
The World team reserve champion and Olympic multiple medal holder, William Fox-Pitt, makes his comeback to Le Mondial du Lion, associated to the well-named Yes I Can, for the greatest delight of eventing lovers. He will be among a delegation of 12 riders coming from UK. The World n°3, the New Zelander Andrew Nicholson, will ride the 6 and 7 year old classes with Andre BTK and As Is. The 2008 German team Olympic champions, Andreas Dibowski and Frank Ostholt, will respectively take part into the 7 year old competition with Belfast 35 and Jum Jum.
On the French side ?
The French double Olympic medallist Astier Nicolas will ride Alertamalib'Or in the 7 year old championship. Team gold medallist, Mathieu Lemoine will also be there with Better Win, a 6 year old horse. Jean-Lou Bigot (7 y), Clotilde Bellas (6 y), Thibault Champel (7 y), Arthur Duffort (7 y), Gireg Le Coz (7 y), Cyrielle Lefevre (7 y), Cédric Lyard (7 y), Brice Luda (7 y), Fabrice Saintemarie (7 y) and the rider bases in l’Isle-Briand, Thomas Carlile (6 et 7 y), will be there as well.
Provisional 6 year old entries
Provisional 7 year old entries