Anyone who knows anything about eventing has heard of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Even if you don’t event there’s a good chance you know about the only CCI Four Star competition held on U.S. soil. Taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from April 22-25, the event is also being held in conjunction with the Kentucky Cup Test Events for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games .
Three of us here at Hodges are very excited because we’re taking a trip to be part of the action up close. With dressage tests on Thursday and Friday, the Cross Country on Saturday and the Jumping Test and awards on Sunday, it looks to be an action-packed long weekend.
With an impressive list of horses and riders entered for the event, the level of talent is high. American Olympians Karen O’Connor, Phillip Dutton and Amy Tryon, among others, will compete against Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend, who is attempting to become only the second rider to claim the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. After winning the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley Land Rover Horse Trials in 2009, the pressure is on to take the title and a $350,000 prize, in addition to the event’s own prize money.
Sound exciting? Want to join in on the fun? You can view the full schedule through the RK3DE website, and tickets are still available online. You can buy a single day admission if you can’t make it to all four days. From my own experience, finding a local hotel room might prove harder than getting tickets, so get planning!