Germany’s Michael Jung claimed his fourth CCI5*-L win at the 2022 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in front of a packed Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Jung earned the champion title three consecutive times from 2016-2018 aboard fischerRocana, but this time, he was aboard the fischer group’s CCI5*-L newcomer, fischerChipmunk FRH. “You always try to give your best. That’s why you wake up every morning and go to the stable in minus 20 degrees, in the rain, in the heat. It’s a very special moment for me.”
Jung’s victory marks his eleventh CCI5*-L win and the lowest five-star score in history. Additionally, in the Kentucky Three-Day’s 40-year history, only one other rider, Bruce Davidson Sr., was able to win more than three times. “[Chipmunk] did fantastic dressage. … Also the cross-country, how strong he can gallop at [his] first five-star competition,” Jung said of the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding. “[He jumped] today like a really, really good show-jumping horse. Very careful, very scopey, very strong and sound and powerful. This is a great, great feeling for the rider.”
Great Britain’s 24-year-old Yasmin Ingham had an incredible first CCI5*-L Kentucky run, finishing second aboard Banzai Du Loir. “If someone told me I’d be coming here and I’d be in second place to Michael … it’s a dream come true.” Ingham moved up from third place after USA’s Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg TSF garnered 8 jumping faults in their show-jumping round, falling to fourth place.
“Certainly it’s always a dream to try to put in our best result possible,” regarded Ingham when asked what her expectations coming into this weekend were. “With the horse’s first five-star, and I’m a little bit inexperienced in this five-star level having only done two before this, [we] just really exceeded all expectations.” Ingham added that she has “all the faith and confidence” in her 11-year-old Selle Français gelding. “It’s amazing when we can pull it together for all three phases and for such an incredible event.”
USA’s Doug Payne and Quantum Leap rounded out the top three and claimed the Land Rover/USEF National Five Star Championship. The duo moved into podium position as a result of Buck Davidson’s 1.2 time faults aboard Carlevo, which landed him in fifth, just one tenth of a point behind Payne.
This achievement for Payne and “Quantum” was an emotional and well-deserved one. “It’s a lifetime of work,” Payne said about his longtime partnership with Quantum, whom he bought as a weanling. “To get here, he certainly blew my expectations away. He just continues to get better and better. As an 11-year-old, his third five-star now, I couldn’t ask for much more.” Quantum is filling the shoes of Payne’s 18-year-old Olympic partner, Vandiver, who will retire following this week. “Frankly, I think the future is incredibly bright.”
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