The Monday Brief

Hello Lovelies, Hello Monday!

This weekend flew by, once again.

There was a wealth of fabulous equestrian events going on, including both the Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event and the inaugural Longines Masters of New York.

The Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event boasts a jam-packed schedule Wednesday through Sunday. It brings out an incredible amount of spectators to watch top horses and riders compete in the 3 phases of Eventing – Dressage, Cross Country, and Show Jumping.

Here is a look at the highlights from the schedule of events that took place:

Thursday, April 26

Dressage Tests — Rolex Stadium

Friday, April 27

Dressage Tests Resume — Rolex Stadium
Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane
Dressage Tests Continue  — Rolex Stadium
Kentucky Invitational CSI3* $35,000 Welcome Speed Cup 1.45m — Rolex Stadium

The Heads Up Heels Down 5K.

Saturday, April 28

Cross-Country Test (Horses start every 4 minutes.
Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Autograph Signing  — Split Rock Jumping Tour tent in Sponsor Village$225,000 Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Grand Prix — Rolex Stadium

Sunday, April 29

Presentation of the Teams of the USPC Prince Philip Cup — Rolex Stadium
Opening Ceremony & Presentation of Officials and Flags — Rolex Stadium
Jumping Test Begins — Rolex Stadium
Presentation of the Awards — Rolex Stadium

At the end of this action-packed weekend, the final results came in and overall winner of this years CCI**** after the completion of the 3 phases was Oliver Townend of Great Britain after a clear round in show jumping with Cooley Master Class on Sunday.  He jumped ahead of Michael Jung, previous and three-time winner of the event. 1 rail in show jumping for Jung was enough to lose the top spot to Townend.

Oliver Townend also won the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** (England) last fall with Ballaghmor Class, which means he is headed to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** with a shot at the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, a $350,000 prize.

The results of the top ten:

1st Oliver Townend | Cooley Master Class
2nd Michael Jung | fischerRocana
3rd Marilyn Little | RF Scandalous
4th Phillip Dutton | Z
5th Lauren Kieffer | Vermiculus
6th Lynn Symansky | Donner
7th Oliver Townend | MHS King Joules
8th Sharon White | Cooley On Show
9th Christopher Burton | Nobilis 18
10th Buck Davidson | Copper Beech

Meanwhile, on Long Island, the inaugural Longines Masters of New York brought out top riders and horses in show jumping as well as a lengthy list of NY celebs & socialites. The event took place at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Competition ranged from 1.15m to 1.60m. There was fine dining to be had, shopping, and plenty of premium entertainment. V2 Jets was even offering helicopter service from New York City to Long Island all weekend. There was no lack of luxury at this prestigious event. New York was the grand finale of the International Longines Masters Series. The first two legs took place first in Paris and most recently in Hong Kong, prior to New York. This series, created by EEM, was inspired by the format of the tennis Grand Slam.

Highlight events of the weekend included a $100K 1.50 speed challenge, $20K Masters Power six bar, $200K Riders Masters Cup, U25 Grand Prix, and the $382,800 Longines Grand Prix of New York.

If you’d like to read further into the details of the weekend, I’ll include some links below:

Riders Masters Cup class details, here. Europe came out victorious after a neck and neck race to the finish. While Europe took the lead in the first round, 4 to 1, the Americans came back strong in the speed round and nearly claimed victory on home soil, but they were just edged out by 1 point after a final face off between Harrie Smolders and McLain Ward. The final score of 8 -7 favored the Europeans.

U25 Grand Prix, here. 23-year-old Catherine Watchell was victorious. 17-year-old Samantha Cohen was 2nd, and Samantha Wight was 3rd.

Lamborghini Masters Power 6 Bar, here. Topping out at 1.80m, Devin Ryan was victorious aboard Florida, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare. Jane Richards Philips, Mavis Spencer, and Kristin Vanderveen all tied for runner-up with a rail in the final round.

Longines Speed Challenge, here. The ladies rocked the podium in this one – Erynn Ballard won, Brianne Goutal Marteau 2nd, and Kristen Vanderveen was 3rd.

In the final event, the Longines Masters of New York Grand Prix, USA’s McLain Ward took the win aboard his own, Clinta. 1st place earned him $126,324. Coming in 2nd, Peder Fredricson aboard Hansson WL ($76,560), 3rd to Erynn Ballard and Fantast ($57,420), 4th to Kevin Staut and Vendome D’Anchat ($38,280), 5th to Adrienne Sternlicht and Cristalline, one of my favorites! ($22,968), 6th to David Raposa and S & L Sage ($17,226), 7th to Emanuele Gaudiano and Chalou ($11,484), 8th to Amanda Derbyshire and Cornwall BH ($9,570), 9th to Todd Minikus and Chaventyno ($7,656)…

To see more details and information about this event, visit the EEM homepage for the Longines Masters Series, here.

Outside of equestrian sports, our weekend was lowkey. On Sunday we took Isla to Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, the Broadway Musical at the Minnetonka Theatre. Mary Poppins was my number one favorite Disney movie from my childhood, so it is really fun for me to have done this with her. It was very well done! If you are a MN reader, there are still opportunities to see it (runs until May 6th). Visit, here for tickets and info.

Isla’s dress by Lanoosh from TrailerFash

Relaxing weekend vibes – our front porch paradise is open for the season!

#shoelove shoutout to Fab Finds by Sarah. Shop these and every single other fab thing she has, here!

What’s coming up? We shall see what the week will bring! I have some great style finds to share. On Friday I’ll be attending the Moms on a Mission Fashion Show. On Saturday I’ll be attending the 2018 Walk For Animals!!! If you care to learn more about this cause or donate, please visit my page, here! I’ve been attending this event and raising funds for the cause since I was little and I look forward to it every year! In addition to this FABULOUS event, the Kentucky Derby is also coming up this next weekend (See my previous “Race for the Roses” post, here). There will have to be some derby party festivities in my future. Stay tuned! Stay fabulous!




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