The new status, along with its respective requirements and rules, will take effect January 1, 2019.
The proposition to alter the star system was accepted at the FEI General Assembly in 2017 but not effective until 2019. The new system states that CCI competitions will now be referred to as CCI-L (for long) while CIC competitions will become CCI-S (for short), whilst the existing levels are being increased by a single star – the existing One Star level becomes the Two Star level, the Two Star becomes the Three Star, the Three Star becomes the Four Star, and the CCI4* becomes the CCI5*-L.
LRK3DE will now be one of only six annual Five Star three-day events in the world along with Badminton and Burghley in England; Luhmuhlen in Germany; Pau in France; and Adelaide in Australia. LRK3DE remains the only one in the Western Hemisphere.
“It’s an honour to be recognised by the FEI as one of the world’s elite events with the new Five Star status,” said Stewart Perry, president of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. “It solidifies our longstanding position as one of the world’s leading equestrian events. A distinction we work hard to deliver on every year.”
“Since 2010, when the Land Rover brand’s involvement with the Kentucky Three-Day event began, we have been committed to helping raise the quality, participation and reputation of this event,” said Kim McCullough, Vice President, Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. “We are proud to be a partner of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and congratulate them on the new five star status.”
Now in its 41st year, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, April 25-28, 2019.