Land Rover Supports Three-Day Event

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Equestrian Event, Presented by Land Rover, took place April 26-29, 2017. This event combines Dressage, Cross-Country, and the Jumping Test.

After the Cross-Country ride only 39 horses were left to compete in the final challenge, the Jumping Test. This year’s jumping course featured a 2017 Range Rover Sport and a 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible, set by Richard Jeffrey. This course proved very difficult. Only four competitors finished clear within the time.

Land Rover Ambassador, representing Great Britain, Zara Tindall, had an excellent round on her 16-year-old bay, High Kingdom. One of the last to go, representing France, Maxime Livio rode the fourth and final clear found of the day with his horse, Qalao Des Mers. Germany’s Michael Jung was last to go on his 12-year-old mare, fischerRocana FST. Jung incurred four faults, but was still able to claim the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event title for the third year in a row. Livio finished second and Tindall finished third.

“fischerRocana FST is a top horse, the mare fights to hard for me and our partnership is so strong,” Jung said. “She gave me a very good feeling the warm up ring which made me feel good entering the arena. I did not have enough power in the triple combination so I was nervous with two jumps to go! I am grateful for my team and really pleased with the result.”

Phillip Dutton, Olympic bronze medalist, represented the United States on his Irish Sport gelding, Mr. Medicott and finished in fourth place. He also was awarded the USEF Championship Trophy, an award that goes to the highest placed American rider. This is Dutton’s fifth year to win this award and his fortieth time to compete in the Rolex Kentucky Competition.

“It is particularly rewarding to finish as the top US rider,” Dutton said. “It has been a great event and it is the perfect was for Mr. Medicott to finish his four-star career.”

Land Rover is proud to continue to support the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

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Maurice Wilks – Land Rover Heritage

Land Rover’s rich heritage is a massive part of what makes it so great. Without their heritage, Land Rover would not be able to develop award winning luxury vehicles with incredible performance.

Maurice Wilks (1904 – 1963) and his brother created the first Land Rover over 60 years ago. Maurice was married and had three children. Stephen Wilks, the youngest son of Maurice Wilks, remembers growing up with the Land Rover years ago.

“An early memory I have is going up to Anglesey where we had a sort of holiday cottage and a farm up there. I remember those years, the Land Rover was always a part of our holiday, and that’s a very strong memory for me,” Stephen says.

“We’d take picnics with it. We’d go sometimes through the dunes. The Land Rover was persuaded to negotiate this stream at one point, which was always very bumpy, and my father used to have to make it charge into it. So, we all hung on tight and the Land Rover went whooshing through. All the mud would splay up everywhere.”

Stephen also spoke about how his father would have been so proud and excited about the advancements in technology in vehicle design, especially in the Land Rover.

“He loved innovation. He was always looking ahead at the latest things that were coming out, and to see the modern Land Rover with its onboard computers and the changes that have been made from the Series 1 to what you get now, that would have been a great interest to him, and he’d always be really at the forefront of that trying to develop it further. He was always a man that looked to the future.”

Maurice Wilks started working at the Rover Company in 1930 as chief engineer. In 1946, he was made technical director, and in 1960 he was given the job of managing director. Finally in 1962, just a year before passing away, he was made chairman.

Maurice Wilks is just one part of Land Rover’s rich heritage. His contributions to the Rover Company, and the production of the Land Rover, continue to live on through his legacy.