Britain's Ian Stark Steals Early Lead at 2002 Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, Presented By Bayer, April 25 - 28
KY-April 24, 2002-Ian Stark of Great Britain is in the early lead
following Thursday's opening phase of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, held at the Kentucky Horse
Park in Lexington, April 25-28, 2002.
With a score of 44.40 penalty points, Stark, only the sixth rider
into the ring, topped the leader board with the 12-year-old Jaybee,
a New Zealand-bred thoroughbred gelding.
"This is Jaybee's first three-day event run since he fell in
the water at Sydney," said Stark, 47, referring to his bad
luck at the 2000 Olympic Games. "The new dressage test is asking
a lot more of the horses in terms of their training, but Jaybee
is very adaptable."
American Kim Vinoski is in the hunt for her first Rolex win, having
placed fourth in 2000. With Winsome Adante, the 28-year-old rider
from Scottsville, VA, finished her opening phase of dressage with
48.20 penalty points.
William Fox-Pitt, 33, also traveling from England to contest the
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, earned a score of 48.20 penalty
points aboard Stunning, a 16-year-old veteran who carried Fox-Pitt
to a team gold medal at the 2001 European Eventing Championships.
Although currently in fourth position with a score of 49.61, Olympic
Champion David O'Connor, 40, of The Plains, VA, will be looking
to defend his title with Tigger Too, an 11-year-old American thoroughbred
Thirty-two of the record 63 horses entered in North America's only
Olympic-level three-day event competed in Thursday's dressage competition,
with the second half scheduled for Friday, beginning at 9 a.m. The
challenging cross-country phase takes place Saturday and the event
concludes with stadium jumping on Sunday. The Rolex Kentucky Three
Day Event serves as the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Four-Star Championship
and is a selection trial for this year's Eventing World Championships
to be held at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.
With entries from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and
the United States, there is no shortage of star power as the world's
best compete for $190,000 in prize money with the winner taking
home $60,000 and a Rolex timepiece.
In addition to being an international equestrian event, the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event has something for everyone - an International
Trade Fair with more than 150 merchant and food vendors, Dog Agility
competition and a variety of other entertaining attractions.
For general information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please
call Equestrian Events, Inc. at (859) 254-8123. Up-to-the-minute
results and a variety of additional event information can be obtained
by visiting the official web site, www.rk3de.org.