Things were a bit tense at the final horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, as competitors brought their mounts forward to be evaluated by the Ground Jury. 42 horses and riders finished the cross-country phase, and 40 came forward for the final inspection. One horse was spun, leaving 39 to move forward to the stadium jumping.
Known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 27-30.
The ground jury of Christina Klingspor of Sweden (President), Nick Burton of Great Britain and David Lee of Ireland evaluated the fitness of horses from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Australia, France and New Zealand before a keen crowd of about 5,000 fans on Sunday morning.
Two horses-Jolie Wentworth/Good Knight and Lauren Kieffer/Vermiculus withdrew before the final inspection. Three horses were held for re-inspection: Share Option/Lillian Heard (21st), Sir Oberon/Ellen Doughty-Hume (24th), and Vandiver/Doug Payne (7th). Heard and Doughty-Hume were accepted upon re-inspection, but sadly, Payne was not.
Also announced today were the winners of the Equis Boutique “The Best Presented Horse” Award. This award is evaluated by the FEI judges and considers the grooming, tack, behavior, jog attire, interaction with the judges and the overall appearance of horse and presenter. The winner for the final horse inspection was Madeline Backus and PS Arianna. The overall winner for both inspections was Savannah Fulton and Captain Jack.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the nation’s premier Three-Day Event and one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the world’s governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event as a ‘Four Star’ eventing competition, the highest designation, which is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world. “Rolex Kentucky” is the only Four Star event in the Western Hemisphere and is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. It hosts the Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge and serves as the Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship.
Spectators can enjoy a world-class three-day event competition and shop at the Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair with almost 200 booths and tents. Rolex Kentucky also features tailgating, a fund-raising farm-to-table dinner Thursday evening, on-site beer garden, 5K race on Friday evening, Land Rover test drives and Champions Live! on Sunday morning. Ticket buyers also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America’s only theme park dedicated to horses.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, May 7, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT. USEFNetwork.com is livestreaming the competition in its entirety live as it happens and will also have the coverage available on demand. FEITV.org will also livestream the event internationally.
Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that evolved into the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.
The official charity of this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH). Further information is available at the event’s official website at www.RK3DE.org.