Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Michael Jung of Germany, the two-time defending Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event champion and winner of the 2016 Rolex Grand Slam, heads the list of top riders, including Olympic, World and European champions, entered for the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Presented by Land Rover. Known as the "Best Weekend All Year," the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, April 27-30.
The Kentucky Horse Park will welcome a star-studded list of competitors, with some riders entered with up to three horses, who will vie for top honors. The entry list includes 69 riders representing 9 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States. The top names joining Jung for this year's event include Zara (Phillips) Tindall of Great Britain, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II; Joe Meyer and Tim Price of New Zealand; Jessica Phoenix of Canada; and U.S. Olympic veterans Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Kim Severson, Lauren Kieffer, Will Coleman and Clark Montgomery to name a few.
"This year's field of competitors includes some of the biggest names in the sport. These are equestrian stars you won't see at any other competition on American soil," said Lee Carter, Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. "With another increase in prize money this year, we continue to attract the world's best riders and horses, and we guarantee another week of extraordinary equestrian competition!"
At stake is $400,000 in prize money, a $50,000 increase from last year, as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley 'Four Star' Events in succession. Last year, Jung became only the second rider (along with Pippa Funnell of Great Britain in 2003) ever to win the Grand Slam.
Defending Champion Jung has entered FischerRocana FST, his 2016 Rolex Kentucky winning partner with whom he also won the Team Gold and Individual Silver medals with at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). Jung is the first-ever event rider to hold the Olympic, World and European titles simultaneously. He won the Individual Gold medal at the 2010 WEG, double Gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and three consecutive European Championships. He successfully defended his Olympic title, re-claiming the Individual Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Among those entered to compete in this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event are:
In addition to these veterans of international competition, many more of the sport's leading riders from the U.S. and abroad are entered to compete. The full list of entries is available on line at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event website at www.rk3de.org/entry-list.
The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (The Sport Corp.), today announced the inaugural Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill will take place October 14-17, 2021. Health and safety factors, in addition to other challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, led to a final decision to postpone the international three-day eventing competition originally scheduled for this October at the newly constructed Special Event Zone at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in Cecil County, Maryland.
Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Massachusetts (Area I) was scheduled to host two one-day events in 2020 offering Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions. Their May event was forced to cancel due to COVID-19, but their September event is planning to run as scheduled.
This article will be updated to include statements as they are released from upcoming USEA recognized events regarding actions they are taking due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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