Lexington, KY - Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous added another milestone accolade to their resume on Sunday. As the top American combination at the Land Rover® Kentucky Three-Day Event they earned the Land Rover/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship. A six-time competitor at the event, Little reached the LRK3DE podium for the first time with a score of 32.8. In a shocking twist, Great Britain’s Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class placed first with a score of 28.7 to strip Germany’s Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST’s chance of earning their fourth straight title.
“It is a really incredible feeling [to win the National Championship] and be next to Oliver Townend and Michael Jung. For 'Kitty' to have this performance this weekend, she just astounds me every day. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to ride her, and it makes it even more special that [owners] Jacqueline Mars and Phoebe and Michael Manders were here,” said a thankful Little.
“The people who brought this horse to this level, the hours, the tears, the time, it’s unimaginable to the outside world [outside of eventing], but we all feel it intensely in the prize-giving ceremony, and it’s a very emotional experience. The partnership with [RF Scandalous] is strong, and I’m grateful for everything I have had with her, and I’m looking forward to the future with her.”
Land Rover/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship During #LRK3DE
1. Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous
2. Phillip Dutton and Z
3. Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus
4. Lynn Symansky and Donner
5. Sharon White and Cooley On Show