The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event five-star will run this year (22-25 April), after a grassroots fundraising effort persuaded the organisers to reverse their decision of last week to cancel the showcase class.
“The uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic placed us in the financially impossible position of having to run the five-star event without spectators, a situation that left us no choice but to cancel the five-star for 2021 in order to preserve it for many years to come,” said Mike Cooper, president of the company which organises the event, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI). “We are humbled and honoured by the response of the eventing community as they’ve stepped up in a mind-blowing way enabling us to go forward.”
The crowdfunding was started by Brian Murphy, husband of five-star rider Sara Kozumplik Murphy, and an initial target of raising $750,000 (approx £550,000) by the end of Sunday (7 February) was set. The deadline was then extended to the end of 10 February and the effort has so far generated more than $550,000 (approx £400,000).
Source Horse and Hound
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