The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the nation's premier Three-Day Event and one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation - FEI), the world's governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event as a 'Four Star' eventing competition, the highest designation, which is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world. "Rolex Kentucky" is the only Four Star event in the Western Hemisphere.
The Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge will be featured again this year, awarding $20,000 in prize money. There will be four riders per national team, and the teams will be determined by FEI ranking. Combination teams are possible where there are countries with fewer than 4 entries.
This year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event official charity is the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH)
, located within the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, CKRH was founded in 1981 as a riding program for individuals with physical disabilities. Since its beginning CKRH has grown into a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to improving the quality of life and health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with horses. To learn more about the CKRH, visit ckrh.org
"A big part of our mission here at Equestrian Events is to donate to charities both local and national, equine and human," said Stewart Perry, president of the EEI Board of Directors. "And thanks to our Rolex Kentucky fans and partners we are able to contribute each year not only to our official charity, but to a list of deserving organizations."
Spectators can enjoy a world-class three-day event competition and shop at the Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair with almost 200 booths and tents. Rolex Kentucky also features tailgating, Land Rover test drives, a fund-raising farm-to-table dinner Thursday evening, on-site beer garden, 5K race on Friday evening, and Champions Live! on Sunday morning. Ticket buyers also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America's only theme park dedicated to horses.