Rolex Kentucky Horse Trials

International Three Day Eventing

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Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event
The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event is the only 4* event in America and is also part of the Rolex Grand Slam.

The Competition

It was thanks to Bruce Davidson winning team and Individual Gold at the world Championships in 1974 that gave America the right to hold the next Championships in the US.

The Rolex Grand Slam
In order to win the Rolex Grand Slam a rider must win the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghly Horse Trials. The winner will also receive $250,000 on top of their winnings. The Rolex Grand Slam has only been won twice so far by Pippa Funnel (GBR) on Primmore's Pride in 2003 and Michael Jung (GER) in 2016 riding La Biosthetique-Sam FBW

Rolex Kentucky Dates
Thursday 26th to the 29th April 2018

The Horses
Only horses who have gained sufficient experience and have qualified are able to compete. There is a veterinary inspection at the start of the competition that ensures that the horses are fit, sound and healthy and a second inspection on the day after the cross country, any horse who fails the inspection is not permitted to continue on to the show jumping. All horses must also be up together with their vaccinations and passport.

The Rider
Only experienced riders who have qualified can compete due to the event being a 4* event which is the highest level of Three Day Eventing.

The Prize
Not only is winning the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event a major achievement and a much sought after trophy, there is also prize money to 20th place, which in the past has been around.
$80,000 for the winner
$37,000 for 2nd Place
$30,000 for 3rd Place
$25.000 for 4th Place
$20,000 for 5th Place
$10,000 for 6th Place
$8,500 for 7th Place
$7,500 for 8th Place
$6500for 9th Place
$5000 for 10th Place

Kentucky Horse Park is located in Fayette County which is near to the intersection between Interstates 64 and 75


Kentucky Three day Event Facts

Bruce Davidson has won at the Kentucky Horse Trials an amazing 6 times, in 1978, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1993.

Kentucky Three day event is the only 4* event held in America.