The 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

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Diary by Sarah Miller and Kim MacMillan, MacMillan Photography & Media Services, photo@looncreekenterprises.com, 260-468-2392   Photos by MacMillan Photography Associates

The 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI presented by Bridgestone will mark the 32nd year that Rolex Watch U.S.A. has been supporting the event. Over $250,000 in prize money and prizes is offered and the event is also the USEF CCI Spring Eventing Championship. In addition, the winning rider is eligible to compete for the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which awards $350,000 to the rider who consecutively wins the Rolex Kentucky Event, the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

About Eventing
The ultimate test of horse and rider! One event, three disciplines, testing the resolve of the timeless partnership between horse and rider, to trot, gallop and soar past anything that stands in their way.

DRESSAGE on Thursday and Friday is held in the breath taking outdoor stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park, where spectators enjoy the grace, refined beauty and elegance of dressage as competitors trot their way through the first phase of competition. Dressage, which tests the gaits, suppleness and obedience of the horse through a series of prescribed movements.

The Second phase, CROSS-COUNTRY, is the highlight of Eventing. Saturday is the most exciting day of Rolex Kentucky as thousands gather to watch horses and riders gallop over four miles of the challenging terrain, at speeds up to 25 mph, while negotiating remarkable obstacles, water hazards, banks and ditches.

The JUMPING TEST, the final phase, brings the energy and precision of jumping back to the outdoor stadium on Sunday. Spectators from across the globe will witness the world’s finest horses and riders test their athletic ability, conditioning and training as they soar over obstacles.

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