Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event 2003
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Bayer
only Four Star event
April 24-27, 2003
Kentucky Horse Park - Lexington, KY
The Rolex/U.S. Equestrian Team Four Star Championship for the Pinnacle
The sport of Eventing consists of three distinct elements: dressage,
cross-country, and show jumping. Originally, Eventing competitions
were held around the world to test the fitness and training level
of cavalry mounts. The winner is determined by the horse-and-rider
combination with the lowest combined score.
Fédération Equestre Internationale (International
Equestrian Federation FEI), the world's governing body of
equestrian sports, has designated the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
as a Four Star Three-Day competition. Stars are used by the FEI
to denote the level of Eventing competitions.
Star Events, the most challenging level of the sport, are held at
just four venues each year plus the Olympic Games and World Championships
every four years. Of the four annual Four Star Events, only one,
the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, takes place in the U.S. The
other annual events are at the Badminton Horse Trials and the Burghley
Horse Trials in Great Britain, and at Adelaide in Australia.
Bonus: The $250,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is awarded to any
rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Badminton
and Burghley Four Star Events in succession. William Fox-Pitt, winner
at Burghley last fall, is expected to be on hand at the 2003 Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event to try to add a second victory to his attempt
to become the first Rolex Grand Slam winner.
Fun: Exquisite shopping in the International Trade Fair with more
than 125 booths and a variety of other entertaining
attractions, including the Priefert Six-Horse Hitch of black Percherons.
Ticket Information - (859) 254-8123, www.rk3de.org