Team contest for Kentucky Three-Day-Event

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RK3DE 2013 winner Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo.
RK3DE 2013 winner Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo. © Michelle Dunn

A team competition with $20,000 in prize money is being introduced for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, next April.

It will be the first time a team challenge has been included at the event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Nations Team Challenge is being sponsored by Dubarry of Ireland as a way of helping national teams prepare for the team competition at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

Teams will consist of either three or four entries. For countries with more than four competitors entered in the event, teams will be selected by each country’s Chef d’Equipe. If there are fewer than three individuals from a country, teams may be formed by combining entries from two countries that have not already created a team. For example, a Canadian rider cannot be added to a team of two New Zealand riders if there is already a team of Canadian riders. However, an individual Australian rider can be added to the team of two New Zealand riders to form a New Zealand/Australian team.

The winning team will be the team with the fewest penalties after adding together the final scores of the three highest placed individuals on the team. For the purpose of the final team ranking only, a team member who fails to complete the competition will be given a score of 1000 penalties. Rosettes will be given to the top three teams and prize money will be awarded to the owners.

International mix: the top four placegetters from 2013: (L-R): William Fox-Pitt (second, Seacookie); Andrew Nicholson (first, Quimbo; third, Calico Joe), and Buck Davidson (fourth, Ballynoe Castle).
International mix: the top four placegetters from 2013: (L-R): William Fox-Pitt (second, Seacookie); Andrew Nicholson (first, Quimbo; third, Calico Joe), and Buck Davidson (fourth, Ballynoe Castle). © Michelle Dunn

“This is the only Four-Star event in the Western Hemisphere,” said Darren Ripley, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

“Since we attract so many international competitors it makes sense to host a team competition. And with the Eventing World Championships being contested at next year’s World Equestrian Games, this is a great year to get it started!”

Equestrian Events, Inc. is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that quickly evolved into the RK3DE.

EEI has this year made financial contributions of almost $20,000 to support several charities that serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky and local equine interests. Foremost among the donations is a contribution of $10,000 to Kentucky Children’s Hospital; this is the 15th year EEI has contributed to the hospital.

Tickets for the RK3DE, from April 24 to 27, 2014, are available from www.RK3DE.org/buytickets.html or by calling 859-254-8123. To receive a printed ticket brochure, please send your name and mailing address to tickets@RK3DE.org

 

Andrew Nicholson and Calico Joe finished third in 2013.
Andrew Nicholson and Calico Joe finished third in 2013.

 

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