International Champions Return to Rolex Event

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 23-26, will feature 54 of the world's best horses and riders from nine countries, all vying for their share of $250,000 in prize money and a chance at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing.

Led by defending Rolex champion and four-time Olympic veteran Phillip Dutton of the United States on Connaught, the list of confirmed entries includes:

  • Nicholas Touzaint (France) and Hildago de L'Ille, winners of the 2008 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials CCI****;
  • Bettina Hoy (Germany) on Ringwood Cockatoo, winners of the 2008 Pau CCI****;
  • Peter Thomsen (Germany) and The Ghost of Hamish, members of the 2008 Olympic gold medal team;
  • Lucinda Fredericks (Australia) with her mount Headley Britannia, members of the 2008 Olympic silver medal team;
  • William Fox-Pitt (Great Britain), a member of the 2008 Olympic bronze medal team and winner of the 2008 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** and the inaugural HSBC FEI Classic Series.

Leading U.S. riders include Olympic veterans Bruce Davidson, Stephen Bradley, and Amy Tryon.

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

The owner of the winning horse will be awarded $80,000 and the winning rider will receive a classic Rolex timepiece.

The $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton, and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession. In 2003, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain, became the first--and to date, only--rider to win the Grand Slam.

The event draws more than 100,000 spectators and millions more via worldwide telecasts, including a one-hour special in the United States on NBC on Sunday, May 3. During the event, fans will have the opportunity to watch live action on Pay-Per View Web casts on rk3de.org, featuring coverage of dressage on April 23-24 and of cross country on April 25. Free live coverage of the show jumping on April 26 will be available online at universalsports.com.

For more information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky Web site.

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