Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Returns in April

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 24-27. The event features some of the world's best horses and riders vying for top honors.

This year's event has the added attraction of being a United States Equestrian Federation selection trial for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

Last year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event attracted a record crowd of 96,478 people over its four days including 46,922 on Cross-Country day. This bested the previous record of 90,748 set the year before.

Last year, winner Clayton Fredericks of Australia and his mount, Ben Along Time, a 12-year-old Irish gelding, claimed their first Four Star win. Fredericks entered the culminating show jumping phase in third place behind U.S. riders Kristin Bachman and Heidi White Carty. He pulled out the dramatic win when Carty incurred 11 penalties and Bachman went off course at Jump 8.

In addition to watching the world-class equestrian competition and strolling through the more than 150 shops and boutiques, equine enthusiasts will want to catch the retirement ceremony for legendary event horse Winsome Adante. "Dan" is undefeated at the Rolex Kentucky event, at which he captured top the prize three times.

The only Four Star Event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, is the premier competition for the top horses and riders in eventing. Past winners include United States Olympic Medalists David and Karen O'Connor and Kim Severson; New Zealand's Blyth Tait and Nick Larkin; Pippa Funnell of Great Britain; and Andrew Hoy and Clayton Fredericks of Australia.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, visit the Rolex Kentucky Web site at

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