Articles: Press Release
Great Britain’s Ian Stark Steals Early Lead at
2002 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented By Bayer, April 25 - 28
Marty Bauman or Jennifer Ward (859) 225-8924,
Equestrian Events, Inc. (859) 233-2362
Lexington, KY-April 24, 2002-Ian Stark of Great Britain is in the early lead
following Thursday’s opening phase of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky
Three-Day Event, presented by Bayer, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in
Lexington, April 25-28, 2002.
With a score of 44.40 penalty points, Stark, only the sixth rider into the
ring, topped the leader board with the 12-year-old Jaybee, a New
Zealand-bred thoroughbred gelding.
“This is Jaybee’s first three-day event run since he fell in the water at
Sydney,” said Stark, 47, referring to his bad luck at the 2000 Olympic
Games. “The new dressage test is asking a lot more of the horses in terms
of their training, but Jaybee is very adaptable.”
American Kim Vinoski is in the hunt for her first Rolex win, having placed
fourth in 2000. With Winsome Adante, the 28-year-old rider from
Scottsville, VA, finished her opening phase of dressage with 48.20 penalty
William Fox-Pitt, 33, also traveling from England to contest the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event, earned a score of 48.20 penalty points aboard
Stunning, a 16-year-old veteran who carried Fox-Pitt to a team gold medal at
the 2001 European Eventing Championships.
Although currently in fourth position with a score of 49.61, Olympic
Champion David O’Connor, 40, of The Plains, VA, will be looking to defend
his title with Tigger Too, an 11-year-old American thoroughbred gelding.
Thirty-two of the record 63 horses entered in North America’s only
Olympic-level three-day event competed in Thursday’s dressage competition,
with the second half scheduled for Friday, beginning at 9 a.m. The
challenging cross-country phase takes place Saturday and the event concludes
with stadium jumping on Sunday. The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event serves
as the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Four-Star Championship and is a selection
trial for this year’s Eventing World Championships to be held at the World
Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain in September.
With entries from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United
States, there is no shortage of star power as the world’s best compete for
$190,000 in prize money with the winner taking home $60,000 and a Rolex
In 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.
For general information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please call
Equestrian Events, Inc. at (859) 254-8123. Up-to-the-minute results and a
variety of additional event information can be obtained by visiting the
official web site, www.rk3de.org.