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 has attracted 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.
THE CURRENT CHALLENGE
Contesting the 2016 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing is reigning champion will be 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.
For more information about the Entry list visit here
For all other Rolex Kentucky information click here
Today marks the start of a three day stint for me at the famed Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. I will be working for the website Eventing World Wide, under the editorship of Jess Crocker.
For the past few months I have been assisting Jess in developing the fashion and lifestyle areas of the website as this has such a big part to play within the world of eventing. It is great to have the opportunity to research, review and write about two of the things I truly love – fashion and eventing.
At Badminton I will be working with my sponsor and now good friend Lauren Causer from Lens Vanity Photography. We met when I applied to be a supported rider, about a year ago. From that point on we became great friends and Lauren has personally shared some of the trials and tribulations that I write about in my blog. Although almost 20 years separates our age we have a really supportive relationship and I’ve appreciated Lauren’s kind words and help with my little horse Wanda. She is never judgemental and always has some useful guidance which has far superseded out relationship of sponsor – rider.
But enough of the friendship… back to Badminton! We decided to arrive last night as our journey was a good three hour drive from Cambridge. Although arriving in the dark with a tent to pitch was not what we had planned… nor was forgetting the air bed pump! As to be expected there were plenty of friendly eventing fans on site who helped us out. It struck me what a lovely crowd of people they are. Even the rather drunken farmer lads conversation that kept us awake last night had us in stitches… ‘Are you partial to meringue? Mummy makes the best meringues ever! I love meringues’. Yes… you heard it here first… meringues are the way forwards!
Although we were camping Lauren had brought a full cocktail bar and we had a quick After Eight cocktail before settling in…
So here we are… our first day of reporting. For those not so acquainted with the media tent at Badminton I hope to bring you a taste of what it’s like. I have to say after previous experiences it is some of the hardest work that I’ve ever done. You have to be so on the ball, absorbing all around you and thinking how best to convey this to the wider world. With the speed that social media provides and apps such as Periscope there are many ways in which you can convey images, news and atmosphere. Most of our work will be presented in the EWW website www.eventingworldwide.com but also on the Twitter @EventingWWNEWS and if you are here come say hello!