In response to the “8 Things I Don’t Understand About USEF“ Op-Ed, The Plaid Horse was sent the following clarification from Lee Carter, Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc regarding the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event:
Regarding the article posted by Piper Klemm entitled, “8 Things I Don’t Understand About USEF,” I want to clarify one statement. As the Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc., I am definitely able to speak to the specifics about how the event came about in 2021. Dr. Klemm’s statement that, “Even as a non-eventer, I think it’s great they got the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event to go this year.” As written, this statement implies that USEF somehow encouraged EEI to run this event in spite of the challenges we faced to do so during a pandemic. This is not an accurate statement. The decision to run the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, under the COVID guidelines established by USEF, was solely made by EEI and our Board of Directors.
As you are aware, we made the decision to cancel when it became apparent that having spectators at the necessarily levels was not achievable. USEF accepted this decision. When we were approached by individuals within the sport, and then the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, to raise the necessary funds to run without spectators, this again was a decision made solely by EEI. USEF supported our decision but they did not “get” us to run. Had EEI determined that it was impractical to run under the COVID protocols, then that would have been our decision alone.
All organizers have had to make difficult decisions during this pandemic. EEI is no different. Rest assured though the decisions that EEI made, were ours to make. I’m thankful that we had well over 1,000 donors step forward to support our running without spectators, and that likewise the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation joined us in this effort. We are already looking forward to 2022.