Eventings Best Expected to Compete at Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Bayer
KYApril15, 2004Eventings biggest names are expected
to compete at Americas most prestigious equestrian competition
the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer
which returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 22-25,
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
Olympians, David and Karen OConnor of The Plains, VA, both
past Rolex Kentucky champions, return for this years event.
David won the first Olympic Gold Medal for the United States since
1984 when he clinched the Individual Eventing Championship on Custom
Made at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney with the best score in
Olympic history. He also rode Giltedge in Sydney, helping the U.S.
capture the Team Bronze Medal and also won the Team Silver Medal
at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Karen was Davids teammate
on both those medal-winning teams.
top U.S. riders entered to compete include five-time Olympian and
six-time Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event champion Bruce O. Davidson,
Sr. of Unionville, PA; Olympians Stephen S. Bradley of Leesburg,
VA; Julie Richards of Newnan, GA; Jil Walton of Walnut, CA; Robert
Costello of Southern Pines, NC; and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Team
Bronze Medalists Linden Wiesman of Bluemont, VA and Nina Fout of
leading U.S. riders entered include both Team and Individual medalists
from the 2003 Pan American Eventing Championship headed by Individual
Gold Medalist Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY, along with Team
Gold Medalists Will Faudree of Midland, TX, Jan Thompson of Purcellville,
VA, who was the Individual Bronze Medalist along with Individual
Silver Medalist Karen OConnor, and Stephen Bradley.
2002 World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalists Amy Tryon of Redmond,
WA, John Williams of Middleburg, VA, Kim Severson of Scottsville,
VA, who won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** in 2002,
and David OConnor are all entered as well. Also competing
is the Individual Bronze Medalist from the first FEI World Cup,
Gina Miles of Creston, CA.
stars are also expected to compete including Olympic veterans Stuart
Black of Canada, Heidi Antikatzidis of Greece, two-time Team Gold
Medalist Philip Dutton of Australia, 2002 FEI Global Leading Rider
William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain who placed third at Rolex Kentucky
in 2003 and Polly Stockton of Great Britain who was second at Rolex
Kentucky last year..
years Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will host two separate
divisions. The CCI****, Kentuckys hallmark competition with
$190,000 in prize money, is a qualifying competition for the 2004
Olympic Games and includes the 7th competition for the USET Foundation
Pinnacle Cup, signifying the zenith in Eventing competition. The
U.S. Equestrian Federation requested that Rolex Kentucky host a
special competition for competitors who had already qualified for
the Olympic Games. It was decided that it would be a Modified Four
Star, which 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.
The Rolex Kentucky 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 Horse Trials in Great Britain and Adelaide
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is also part of the Rolex Grand
Slam of Eventing that awards $250,000 to any rider who can win,
in succession, Rolex Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley.
Tickets for the 2004 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event may be purchased
at the Rolex Kentucky Ticket Booths at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning
April 22. To keep abreast of scores and Event activities, go to
the Rolex Kentucky website, www.rk3de.org. To be placed on a mailing
list to receive the 2005 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.