09 February 2017

Land Rover debuted its all-new seven-passenger Discovery model to the equestrian world at last weekend’s Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase in Florida. We caught up with three horse-riding families to find out what they loved about the new Discovery.


DR KATE CHOPE, Westborough, MA

“We were excited to see the new Discovery here in Wellington. I got to drive an LR4 model at a Land Rover Experience at the Tryon Equestrian Center in North Carolina last fall and I was so impressed that I booked a trip for my husband and son to the Land Rover driving school at the Equinox in Vermont.

While I loved the LR4, this new Discovery feels more spacious inside. My girls really like the space in the third row; there looks to be a ton of room back there. I’ll be really interested to drive the diesel version.

Right now we have a minivan to carry the kids and the dogs, and a pick-up to tow a boat, so the Discovery could fill both those roles.

Naturally we have horses. My daughter Katerina competes in eventing while my younger daughter Olivia has a pony. When I was growing up I used to ride on the circuit down here in Florida, so it’s in our blood.


“I have a Range Rover vehicle back home in Brazil, but my daughter is in love with horses so we spend the season here in Florida close to Wellington where she rides.

Right now I have a BMW X5 in Florida, but I need something with more space, and something that can tow a horse trailer. This new Discovery could be a very good solution for me with its three rows of seats

I also like that it can tow up to 8,800 pounds, which is a huge plus and the Tow Assist feature with those cameras should make it easier to maneuver a big trailer (1).

I looked at the LR4 in the past, but I really like the styling of this new Discovery. When you have to carry all this horse equipment, the space and flexibility is impressive.”

ENRIQUE ARENAS, Guatemala City, Guatemala

“We have two daughters who dream of one day being professional show jumpers, so we are here in Wellington for the season while they have their tuition.

Our home is in Guatemala City where my wife has a Land Rover Discovery, which she really loves. It’s five years old, and we think it may be time for a change which is why we came to take a look at this new Discovery.

It’s changed a lot and looks very different from our current car. But I really like the new styling and the interior is amazing. With three kids we need three rows of seats and I’m impressed with the way you can fold the second and third rows electrically with the push of a button.

I’m also pretty tall and usually have difficulty getting comfortable behind the wheel of a lot of trucks. But the driver’s seat on the new Discovery really goes back a long way and there’s no shortage of headroom. I’m really looking forward to driving it.”

(1) These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention, and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions. The driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving.  Please consult your owner’s manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details.