36/ FEBRUARY 2021 THE RIDER Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ Cancels This Year’s Five Star Event EEI Looking to Hold Other

Competitions at Kentucky Horse Park Without Spectators

Lexington, Kentucky – February 2, 2021 – The Land Rover Ken- tucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS


(LRK3DE) will not hold its famed Five Star three-day event this year, previously scheduled for April 22-25. The Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and other events are being explored to be held over that weekend but with- out spectators. “We have been working

with US Equestrian, the Ken-

tucky Horse Park, and state and local government on several dif- ferent scenarios for April,” said Mike Cooper, president of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) which produces the world-class event. “With so many uncertain- ties still remaining regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is pre- mature for US Equestrian to re- move

its restrictions on

spectators. Given the importance of the health and well-being of our spectators and competitors, we feel the only option at this time is to cancel the Five Star Event and hopefully proceed with other events that our fans can enjoy via livestream and other outlets.”

along with Badminton and Burghley in England; Luh- muhlen in Germany; Pau in France; Adelaide in Australia and the new Five Star event in Maryland. As the United States’ premier

three-day event,

LRK3DE serves as the Land Rover/USEF CCI-5*-L Eventing National Championship Pre- sented by MARS Equestrian™ for U.S. athletes. The event was scheduled to return to the Ken- tucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 22-25.

Among the other competi- tions being considered is a new

CCI-4*-S which will likely fea- ture many of the same horses and riders that would have been com- peting in the Five Star, plus the Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix which normally takes place on Saturday afternoon. “While disappointing that

all our fans can’t join us again this April,” added Lee Carter, EEI executive director, “we are excited that some of those same fans can now compete in new levels we will be offering during the ‘Best Weekend All Year!’ April 21-25 … Save the Date! Plans are being developed and will be communicated as ap- proved.” Spectators, patrons, vendors

and sponsors who paid for the 2020 event and chose to roll their money over for 2021 will have the option of full refunds or

rolling their money over again for 2022. Ticket holders can ex- pect an email regarding their op- tions. Sponsors may choose to be part of whatever events are held in 2021 with new agreements that fit this year’s situation. “We want to thank everyone

who has been so patient through- out this difficult process,” Carter added. “We remain committed to all our supporters across the country and around the world and we look forward to putting on a great event this spring and welcoming everyone back for our full-scale Land Rover Ken- tucky Three-Day Event Five Star, with the Kentucky CSI3* Invita- tional Grand Prix, in 2022!” Known as “The Best Week-

end All Year,” LRK3DE is one of only seven annual Five Star three-day events in the world

About Equestrian Events, Inc. Equestrian Events,


(EEI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1978. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that evolved into the world-renowned Kentucky Three-Day Event which draws more than 80,000 spectators to the Kentucky Horse Park each year. EEI also produces other events and supports several local and equine charities. EEI has do- nated more than $725,000 to var- ious charities since 2011. Further information about EEI and the Land Rover Kentucky Three- Day Event

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