Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer Set To Return
KYJanuary 14, 2004 One of the worlds most prestigious,
action-packed equestrian events is set to return as the Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, will be held at the Kentucky
Horse Park in Lexington, April 22-25, 2004.
event will host many of the worlds best horse-and-rider pairs
as they compete for one of the most coveted purses in equestrian
sports and one of the most prestigious championships in the sport
years competition is unique in that it will host two separate
divisions. The CCI****, Kentuckys hallmark competition with
$190,000 in prize money, remains a qualifying competition for the
2004 Olympic Games and includes the 7th competition for the USET
Pinnacle Trophy, signifying the zenith in Eventing competition.
The U.S. Equestrian Federation requested that Rolex Kentucky host
a Modified Four Star Three-Day Event for horse-and-rider combinations
that have already qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens,
Greece this August. The U.S. Equestrian Federation plans to use
both divisions as Selection Trials for the Games.
Modified Three-Day is in part patterned after the format to be used
for the Athens Olympic Games. Recognized only by the U.S. Equestrian
Federation, this division is Open to U.S. citizens and Riders
residing in North America who as a combination with the entered
Horse have qualified for the Olympic Games as per FEI rules and
have been approved by their National Federation for entry.
It will be the first time ever that horses and riders will run the
shortened distance prescribed for Athens.
modified division will include Horse Inspections, with health records
maintained for each horse. The Cross-Country Test will include a
short Roads and Tracks phase along with a Cross-Country that will
be set at a distance close to what will be used for the Olympic
Games with the same proportionate number of jumping efforts that
will be used for the Olympics. The Jumping Test of the Modified
Three-Day will be set at the 1.25m height to be used at the Olympics
in the second Jumping Test that will determine the Individual classification.
The riders that will compete in this years Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event are some of the worlds best horsemen and horsewomen.
They include Olympic veterans, Olympic hopefuls, World Champions,
Pan American Games medalists, and seasoned veterans of international
equestrian competition. Expected to compete in the 2004 Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event are riders such as David and Karen OConnor,
Kim Severson, John Williams, Darren Chiacchia, and Bruce and Buck
Davidson. Skilled riders like these, that are teamed up with some
of the most talented Eventing horses on the planet are what make
Rolex Kentucky so special.
years Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event winner was Great Britains
Pippa Funnell who became the first rider to win the $250,000 Rolex
Grand Slam of Eventing. The Rolex Grand Slam is a special challenge
for a rider to win the Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley events
in succession. Funnell won the Burghley Masterfoods Horse Trials
(CCI****) in England last September on her Kentucky winner Primmore's
Pride after having won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials
(CCI****) in England on her 2002 Badminton winner Supreme Rock the
weekend following her win at Rolex Kentucky.
Last years competition was extremely memorable for those in
attendance. On Sunday, the last day of competition, a ceremony took
place to formally retire two of Eventings living legends.
Jacqueline Mars Prince Panache and Giltedge were honored and
relieved of their competitive duties at the emotional ceremony.
This year there will be a ceremony that will honor and formally
retire 2000 Olympic individual Gold Medal Winner, Custom Made, one
of David OConnors most accomplished mounts. The 19-year-old
Irish Thoroughbred owned by Xandarius, LLC will no doubt cause the
tears to flow as he thrills the huge Kentucky crowd one more time
with his magnificent presence, movement and jumping ability.
This years course will be run in the same direction as last
year, the reverse of the previous 15 years of competition. Course
Designer Mike Etherington-Smith and Course Builder Mick Costello
work together to ensure a course that challenges riders and horses
but is safe and "horse friendly. After Etherington-Smiths
visits to the Kentucky Horse Park in July and October of 2003, Course
Builder Costello quickly began to construct new obstacles, change
the contour of the ground in various spots along the track of the
course and modify some existing obstacles for this years competition.
The Rolex Three-Day Event is one of only four CCI**** events in
the world and is the only one held in the Western Hemisphere. The
other Four Star events are the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse
Trials and the Burghley Masterfoods Horse Trials in Great Britain
and Adelaide in Australia.
Tickets for the 2004 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by
Bayer, are on sale on the Rolex Kentucky website, www.rk3de.org.
To be placed on a mailing list to receive the Ticket Brochure, please
contact Equestrian Events, Inc., P.O. Box 12110, Lexington, KY 40580-2110,
(859) 254-8123, (859) 254-5116 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org.