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    Kentucky Horse Park to Host Premier Equestrian Event

    Apr 15, 2015
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    In the Bluegrass State, there are three things folks love more than just about anything else: basketball, bourbon and horses. While Kentuckians can enjoy a glass of Knob Creek neat at any point throughout the year, bourbon flows most freely in the spring when the horses thunder down the homestretch and the Cats and Cards compete on the hardwood.

    Although the basketball season came to a disappointing end for both major fans bases in the state, there is much for horse lovers to be excited about in Spring 2015. While the Kentucky Derby will likely get the most media attention outside the Commonwealth, another major event centered on horses kicks off later this month.

    From April 23 to April 26, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky will host the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the only annual Four Star Three-Day Event in the Western Hemisphere. Presented by Land Rover, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event features the 18th U.S. Equestrian Federation Four Star Championship for the USET Foundation Pinnacle Cup and is a USEF Selection Trial for the 2015 Pan American Games. The equestrian sport of Eventing consists of three distinct elements – dressage, cross-country, and show jumping – and riders in this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will compete for a chance to win $300,000 in prize money, including $100,000 for first place. Winners in Eventing are determined by the horse-and-rider combination with the fewest combined penalties from the three phases.

    In conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Kentucky Reining Cup will also take place at the Kentucky Horse Park on April 24 and 25. The Kentucky Reining Cup features the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and the World Freestyle Championship. Riders, who are required to run one of several patterns in a two-round competition over two days, will compete for $120,000 in prize money.

    Organized by Equestrian Events, Inc., the two competitions will be held at Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park. Opened by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Park spans over 1,200 acres and officially opened the weekend following the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships held in mid-September that year.

    Most recently, the Kentucky Horse Park was the site for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. In preparation for that event, officials at the Kentucky Horse Park worked with the team here at DANT Clayton to install a new grandstand, custom steel roof structure, a regal vertical picket rail system with the horse park’s logo, and a slip-resistant welded deck system to accommodate a very large crowd. The horse park, which has a seating capacity of 7,500 guests, is expected to draw over 60,000 spectators and 200 media members for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this month.

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