LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2018) — Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Michael Jung of Germany tops the list of Eventing superstars, including Olympic, World and European champions, entered for the prestigious 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.
America’s only ‘Four-Star’ level Eventing competition, known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 26-29.
The competition will be fierce with $400,000 in prize money on the line and a chance at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Land Rover Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley ‘Four Star’ Events in succession. Some riders are entered with up to three horses, and the list includes 43 riders with 56 horses representing 7 nations including: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, and the United States. This year’s LRK3DE is also a qualifying selection trial for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team that will represent the U.S. in the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in September.
The top names joining Jung, a three-time defending Kentucky Three-Day Event champion and winner of the 2016 Rolex Grand Slam, for this year’s event include: Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain — a three-time Kentucky Three-Day Event champion — along with countryman Oliver Townend, a three-time European Championship Gold medalist; Olympic Bronze medalist Christopher Burton of Australia; two-time Olympic veteran Hawley Bennett-Awad of Canada; Tim Bourke and Sam Watson of Ireland; Olympic veteran Joe Meyer of New Zealand; Olympic veteran Pawel Spisak of Poland; and U.S. Olympic veterans Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, William Coleman, Lauren Kieffer, and Kim Severson, to name a few.
“We are thrilled to have so many top names in the sport entered for this year’s event,” said Stewart Perry, president of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. “It’s going to be very exciting to see who’s going to win the title this year and whether Michael Jung can make history again with a record fourth consecutive title!”
Special Events and Family Fun
In addition to the thrilling competition among the world’s best riders and horses, the LRK3DE features extensive shopping in the Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair with some 200 booths and tents. The event also features tailgating, Land Rover test drives, the Barley, Barrels, and Bluegrass Fundraising Dinner on Thursday evening, and the fourth annual Head Up Heels Down 5K race on Friday evening. Ticket buyers also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park.
Grounds admission tickets (which are free for kids 12 and under) include general parking, admission to the Event as well as the Kentucky Horse Park, but do not include access to the competition in the Rolex Stadium on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Reserved grandstand seating is sold separately from grounds admission. For a unique world-class Kentucky experience, special Ringside Hospitality packages are also available.
Tickets for the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event can be ordered online at www.KentuckyThreeDayEvent.com/tickets or over the phone (859-254-8123). Further information on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is available at www.KentuckyThreeDayEvent.com.