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ROLEX KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT

THURSDAY 28 APRIL - SUNDAY 1 MAY 2016

18 April 2016,   Lexington, USA – Three-day eventing is considered by many to be the ultimate equine test.   The triathalon of equestrianism, the competition sees horse and rider   partnerships compete across gender and age boundaries in three different disciplines:   dressage, cross-country and show jumping, requiring a unique range of skills   from precision and elegance to accuracy, bravery and perfect timing. It tests   the resolve of the timeless partnership between horse and rider.


  In 1998, Rolex Kentucky became the third annual CCI4* event in the world and   remains the only one   on the American continent. There are now six CCI4* events in   total, but only three offer the chance to claim the sport’s greatest prize, the   Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. In order to make history and   lift this prestigious trophy, riders must win at all three Rolex supported   events in succession: Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land   Rover Burghley CCI4*.
 
  Rolex Kentucky attracts the world’s   leading riders and is considered the highlight of the US   eventing calendar. As a result, the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event   Presented by Land Rover will also act as the last major official trial for   the 2016 US Olympic eventing team. Located at the impressive Kentucky Horse   Park, the state-of-the-art, outdoor, Rolex-sponsored   stadium, with its 30,000 seating capacity, is the centrepiece   of the event.
 
  THE ROLEX GRAND SLAM   OF EVENTING
 

  In 2001 Rolex was inspired to link the three foremost eventing competitions   in the world into a Grand Slam. Badminton – the British horse trials on which    the  modern sport of eventing was founded, Kentucky – the premier   US event, and Burghley – the East of England’s showpiece event, formed the   competition.
 
  Every year these three events attract world   class competition and crowds of enthusiastic supporters eager   to bear witness to equestrian greatness. It became immediately apparent that,   completing the challenge and winning the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, would   require a series of outstanding   performances from a remarkable athlete.    
 
  Since its inception in 2001, only   one rider has risen to the challenge: Britain’s much loved   and highly decorated team member, Pippa Funnell. In April 2003 she rode   Primmore’s Pride to victory at Rolex Kentucky, beginning her Rolex Grand Slam   campaign. A week later, this time riding double European champion Supreme   Rock, Funnell was crowned Badminton winner. A few months later, Funnell   reigned supreme at Burghley, riding Primmore’s Pride again, outperforming   fellow Rolex Testimonee Zara Phillips, who finished in second place. Pippa   Funnell immediately joined the ranks of sporting greats and became a Rolex Testimonee.      
 
  Since then, two of the three legs of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing have   been won by four different riders: Australia’s Andrew Hoy, Britain’s William   Fox-Pitt and Oliver Townend, and New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson. None of   these top-class riders have yet succeeded in triumphing over the series and   winning the final element of the Rolex Grand Slam.
 
  THE CURRENT CHALLENGE    
 
  Here to contest for the 2016 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is reigning   champion and the current   live contender Michael Jung. Jung won individual gold at the   World Equestrian Games when held in Kentucky in 2010 and claimed victory at   the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, riding Fischerrocana FST.      
 
  Jung will be looking to continue his winning form from Burghley and stake his   claim for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing  prize in 2016. Should Jung   be victorious on Fischerrocana FST, they will be only the third horse and   rider combination in the history of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event to   retain their Lexington  title.
 
  INTERNATIONAL FIELD OF   ENTRIES
 
 
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event attracts the world's most talented   eventers and 2016 is no exception, the competition will welcome 71 elite   riders from nine different nations. For the third year running, the nations   will compete in teams as well as individually. The team – comprised of a   minimum of three competitors – that ends on the fewest penalties will be   victorious.
 
  VALUED PRIZE MONEY
 
  For the second year running the prize money at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day   Event has increased thanks to the ongoing   support from the events long-term partners and sponsors.   Event organizer and EEI President Stewart Perry remarked, “We proudly award   prize money to the top 20 finishers and this record level of prize money fits   with our position as one of the sport’s premier events.”
 
  EVENTING HISTORY
 
  As the crown in equestrianism for over 50 years, Rolex is proud to be   a major force at play behind the sport’s finest events, riders and   organizations. Whether supporting leading eventing athletes including Zara   Phillips and Pippa Funnell, or maintaining tradition and excellence with the   Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Rolex has cultivated a privileged   relationship with the elite world of equestrian sports.    
 
  Rolex has been closely associated with this exceptional equestrian challenge   in the beautiful surroundings of the Kentucky Horse Park since 1981.      
 
  Its facilities are recognized as the best of any three-day event in the world   and it is renowned for testing the courage and stamina of both horse and   rider. Rolex’s support has seen the event develop into one of the most prestigious in the   world, with top riders from round the globe now vying to   compete there.

ABOUT ROLEX


  Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, is headquartered in   Geneva and enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the   world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for   their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence,   elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered   the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major   watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch,   launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in   1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history.
 
  A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs,   develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house,   from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and   finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively   involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of   enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring   activities as well as philanthropic programmes.              

www.rolex.com

ROLEX KENTUCKY PAST WINNERS
 
 
2015        Michael Jung  (GER), Fischerrocana FST  
  2014      William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Bay My Hero    
  2013      Andrew  Nicholson  (NZL), Quimbo    
  2012      William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Parklane    Hawk  
  2011      Mary King (GBR), Kings Temptress  
  2010      William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Cool Mountain    
  2009      Lucinda Federicks (AUS), Headly Britannia    
  2008      Phillip Dutton  (USA), Connaught    
  2007      Clayton Fredericks (AUS), Ben Long Time    
  2006      Andrew  Hoy (AUS), Master Monarch    
  2005      Kim Severson-Vinoski (USA), Winsome Adante    
  2004      Kim Severson-Vinoski (USA), Winsome Adante    
  2003      Pippa Funnell (GBR), Primmore’s Pride    
  2002      Kim Severson-Vinoski (USA), Winsome Adante    
  2001      David O’Connor (USA), Giltedge  
  2000      Blythe Tait (NZL), Welton  Envoy    
  1999      Karen O’Connor (USA), Prince Panache    
  1998      Nick Larkin (NZL), Red  
  1997      Karen O’Connor (USA), Worth the Trust    
  1996      Stephen Bradley (USA), Dr. Dolittle    
  1995      David O’Connor (USA), Custom Made  
  1994      Julie Gomena (USA), Treaty  
  1993      Bruce Davidson  (USA), Happy Talk    
  1992      Stuart  Young-Black (USA), Von   Perrier  
  1991      Karen Lende  (USA), Mr Maxwell    
  1990      David O’Connor (USA), Wilton Fair  
  1989      Bruce Davidson  (USA), Doctor    Peaches  
  1988      Bruce Davidson  (USA), Doctor    Peaches  
  1987      Kerry Millikin (USA), The Pirate  
  1986      James C. Wofford (USA), The Optimist    
  1985      Derek di Grazia (USA), Sasquatch

 

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