Head Huge Starting Field for 2002 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event, Presented By Bayer, April 25 28
KYApril 2, 2002The top international competitors will
be vying for victory in one of the worlds most prestigious
equestrian competitions, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented
by Bayer, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington April 25-28,
over 70 entries from Australia, Canada, the Dutch Antilles, Great
Britain, Ireland, and the United States, there is no shortage of
star power as the worlds best compete for $190,000 in prize
money with the winner taking home $60,000 and a Rolex timepiece.
In addition, the winner also has a chance at the $250,000 Rolex
Grand Slam of Eventing, awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex
Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley Four Star events in succession.
Rolex champion David OConnor will be looking to make it two
in a row, an attainable feat for the reigning Olympic champion who
last year won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in dramatic fashion
on Giltedge, owned by Jacqueline Mars. His wife and two-time Olympic
teammate, Karen OConnor, may pose the biggest threat, having
tasted victory in 1999 with Prince Panache.
numerous top ten placings, including a fourth place finish in 2001
with Little Tricky, two-time World Champion Bruce Davidson will
be looking for his first win in the four-star division at Rolex
Kentucky. His son, Buck Davidson, 26, will also be hoping to improve
on his best previous finish, a sixth place in 1998.
fourth in 2000 secured Kimberly Vinoskis reputation as a force
to be reckoned with while 2000 Olympian Julie Burns will be chasing
international glory following two top ten placings in 1999.
Olympic team gold medalist Phillip Dutton of Australia will lead
the international charge, eager to turn his second-place finish
in 1998 into a win this time around. Fellow Olympic veterans Leslie
Law and Ian Stark, both of Great Britain, Stuart Black of Canada,
and Eddy Stibbe of the Dutch Antilles will also vie for victory.
only Four Star Event, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the
premiere competition for the sports top horses and riders.
In addition to the Olympics and World Championships, held every
four years, the only annual Four Star Events in the world are Badminton
and Burghley in Great Britain, Adelaide in Australia, and the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event.
Three-Day Event is a complete test of horse and rider, evolving
from the training and use of the military horse. The consecutive
days of tests consist of three distinct elements: dressage, cross-country
and show jumping. The horse-and-rider combination with the lowest
overall penalty score from the three tests is the winner.
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.
more information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please call
Equestrian Events, Inc. at (859) 233-2362, or fax at (859) 254-5116.
General event and ticket information can be obtained at the Event's
web site: www.rk3de.org
or by calling (859) 254-8123.