For us eventers, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event truly is the best weekend all year. Each year, there are special moments that make memories for a lifetime, and I am so grateful for the chance to go watch top eventers at America’s only 5* event.
This year, we missed some of my favorites (Michael Jung) because he didn’t come, but even with a lower-than-normal number of entries, it was still an exciting competition that came down to the wire.
If you read my lastarticle, one of my favorite things to do at Land Rover is checking out the behind the scenes action, and I got to do a lot of that this year.
As I mentioned in my previous article, I love seeing (and even sharing in) the emotions of the riders, whether they had the best round of their life, or came up short for the day. I particularly enjoy standing at the vet box as riders come off the XC course, often wearing their hearts on their sleeves after a grueling ride. I saw one rider come home looking defeated and maybe a little regretful, while the next rider, just a few short minutes later, gave an enthusiastic fist pump and pat for their horse as they trotted into the vet box with a broad smile. It’s like a rollercoaster that you can never see the next turn on, as you experience the raw emotions of underdogs who rise to the occasion and veterans who make mistakes.
Trying to cover my whole weekend at Kentucky is a daunting task, but I picked some favorite moments to share with you. Overall, it’s cool to get a look into what seems like a closed off world that so few of us know, and that is what sums up my “favorite” part of the event. Everything is so much more accessible than you might think- it’s a reminder that the riders are people just like us!
Here are some of my favorite behind the scenes moments from the weekend.