Articles: Press Release
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Returns to Kentucky Horse Park
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lexington, KY - February 23, 2009- The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, part of the
HSBC FEI ClassicsTM Series and one of the world's most prestigious equestrian competitions,
is set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 23-26.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event features the world's best horses and riders vying
for their share of $250,000 in prize money and a chance at the $350,000 Rolex Grand
Slam of Eventing. The winning owner will be awarded $80,000 and the winning rider
will receive a classic Rolex timepiece.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will run a CCI****, the 12th championship for
the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Pinnacle Cup, signifying the zenith in Eventing
competition in the United States. The event draws over 100,000 spectators and is
seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts including a one-hour special on NBC
in the United States.
"This year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event promises to be the biggest and most
exciting ever," said Jane Atkinson, Executive Vice President of Equestrian Events,
Inc.(EEI), producer of the event. "With a brand new stadium and other improvements
to the Kentucky Horse Park, spectators can expect an unprecedented experience.
As anticipation continues to build for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,
the level of competition at Rolex should be at an all-time high!"
The only Four Star Event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event is the premier competition for the top horses and riders in Eventing. Past
winners include United States Olympic Medalists David and Karen O'Connor, Kim Severson,
Phillip Dutton, New Zealand's Blyth Tait and Nick Larkin, Pippa Funnell of Great
Britain and Andrew Hoy and Clayton Fredericks of Australia.
The $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is awarded to any rider who wins theRolex
Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in
succession. In 2003, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain, became the first, and to date
only, rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.
In addition to the heart pounding equestrian action, one of the most popular attractions
at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the Kentucky Three-Day Event Shop. The
Shop offers all manner of clothing, accessories and gift items sporting the EEI
logo with the competition title, "Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event," curved around
the top of the logo.
"We are looking forward to having everyone come out to enjoy the Kentucky Horse
Park to watch one of the world's most exciting events," said Atkinson. "In addition
to watching the world-class equestrian competition and strolling through the more
than 150 shops and boutiques, equine enthusiasts can tour the world-renowned Kentucky
Horse Park, stroll the beautiful grounds and catch a glimpse of magnificent horses
For more information, or to purchase tickets to the 2009 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day
Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.rk3de.org, complete the ticket
order form and return via mail or fax (859-254-5116) to Equestrian Events, Inc.,
call (859) 254-8123 or order online.