When I talk with people about the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, the word that I most often use is different. While some things felt normal (rain on Saturday), it was a different event without spectators, shopping, food, and everything else that makes LRK3DE the ‘Best Weekend All Year.’
One thing the EEI Board of Directors and staff learned was how deeply our fans care about this event. We have heard for years the stories about how you plan your schedule around LRK3DE. Without the fundraising effort, LRK3DE would not have happened. As I shared in several conversations, I would rather be a part of an event where people were as passionate about our running as they demonstrated than an event where they didn’t care at all.
Looking back over the last several months, the list of people to thank is lengthy. From individual donors to sponsors, there are too many to name without fear of missing someone. We’ve listed our donors online here, and our sponsors here. Along with the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, those individuals and companies listed made the 2021 LRK3DE a reality. Collectively, we all have much to celebrate, and much to look forward to.
So, what’s next? We are already thinking about what next April looks like when we welcome spectators back to LRK3DE. This process started as soon as the final horse competed this last April 25 and will not stop until the April 28, 2022. Conversations are already being had regarding what worked in 2021, what didn’t, and how to improve. In addition, we have ideas and plans dating back to the conclusion of the 2019 we haven’t been able to implement yet. From expanded shopping to interactive fan experiences, there are several things already in the works for 2022.
In addition, along with Mary Fike, we have started looking ahead to hosting the 2021 American Eventing Championships, August 31 – September 5, at the Kentucky Horse Park. Having canceled the 2020 AEC, we are once again expecting a record number of entries. If you haven’t yet qualified, we wish you many safe and successful rides between now and August so we can welcome you back to the KHP. Stay up to date on all things AEC by clicking here.
It will be a busy summer at the EEI office as we look forward to the AEC and 2022 LRK3DE. As we continue to make steps toward a return to normal, my hope is that your summer is equally as busy. Busy doing those things where you find fulfillment. Busy doing those things that may have been different in 2020, but where your involvement brings you health and happiness. Because if the 2021 LRK3DE taught us anything, it is that even though things may be different, there are still reasons to celebrate and be excited for what lays ahead.