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JUL-AUG 2019

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Following a nail-biting finish decided by the last jump, Great Britain's Oliver Townend became just the fourth person to defend his title in the 41-year history of the Land Rover Kentucky ree- Day Event. The prestigious event was staged at the Kentucky Horse Park, the only theme park in the country dedicated solely to horses. Townend logged a perfect performance in show jumping aboard Cooley Master Class, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse he has been riding since the horse was four. "We've had the horse from the word go, and it's a huge team e‹ort," said Townend. "So much e‹ort goes into it, not just on my part. The horse has had a checkered career, and we've Žnally got him on top form. We've always believed in the horse, and it's thanks to everybody at home putting in a huge team e‹ort. It was just my job to push the buttons at the right point in time. I couldn't be more proud of the horse and the whole team." Originally staged around the world to test the fitness and Žnesse of cavalry mounts, today the sport is an equestrian triathlon, consisting of three distinct elements: Dressage, Cross- Country, and Show Jumping. e winner is the horse-and-rider combination with the fewest combined penalties in each of the disciplines. Governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event has been ranked as a Five Star Eventing competition, designating the highest level of competition that has been awarded to only six events in the world. Referred to as " e Best Weekend All Year," the event also serves as the Land Rover/USEF CCI-5*-L Eventing National Championship presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN. A T WOFER FOR TOWNEND AT THE LAND ROVER KENTUCKY THR EEDAY EVENT e prestigious event is one of six annual Five Star Eventing competitions in the world, and the only one held in the United States Written by Caylee Matthews / Photos by Tony Bailey 62

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