Over 100,000 people are expected to stop by the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend, all to see of the world's best horses and riders competing in the Western Hemisphere’s only Four Star Three-Day Event.
The 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event begins on Thursday and runs throughout the weekend.
An international field includes Olympic medalists, World Equestrian Games Champions and former Rolex Kentucky Champions from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.A.
Competitors include the top three riders on the FEI World Eventing Rider Rankings:
- Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand, six-time Olympic rider and 2013 Rolex Kentucky champion
- William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain, four-time Olympic rider and two-time Rolex Kentucky champion
- Bruce (Buck) Davidson, Jr. of the U.S., the 2013 Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Champion
The Kentucky Reining Cup also takes over the horse park this weekend. It features the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship, the widely popular World Championship Freestyle Reining, the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge, FEI Junior and Young Rider classes, and the Nutrena® Para-Reining event. Total prize money is $120,000. All events take place in the Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.
- Shawn Flarida, Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay, and Craig Schmersal, teammates on the United States’ Gold Medal team at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
- Pete Kyle, 2012 World Freestyle Champion, and five-time USEF Freestyle Gold Medal winner
- Lisa Coulter of Canada, a veteran of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games
Further information is available at www.rk3de.org