The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event five-star 2021 event has been forced to cancel, for the second year in a row, due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled to run 22-25 April 2021.
The organisers of the Kentucky event have stated that running a five-star event behind closed doors was financially not an option. “We have been working with US Equestrian, the Kentucky Horse Park, and state and local Government on several different scenarios for April. With so many uncertainties still remaining regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is premature for US Equestrian to remove 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.”
The organisers have stated that 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. All ticket holders and sponsors will be receive an email detailing their options.
The Kentucky organisers are exploring the options of running a closed doors (without spectators) invitational CSI3* showjumping grand prix as well as a CCI4*-S over the same weekend. It is likely that if this runs many 5* combinations will run with a view for selection for the Tokyo Olympics.