Germany’s Michael Jung of Germany, the record three-time defending Kentucky Three-Day Event champion tops the list of Eventing superstars entered for the prestigious 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.
The competition, which takes place 26-29 April, will be fierce with $400,000 in prize money 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.
The entry list includes 43 riders with 56 horses representing seven nations including: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, and the United States.
Defending Champion Jung has entered FischerRocana FST, his three-time Kentucky Three-Day Event winning partner with whom he also won the team Gold and individual Silver medals at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG). After the pair won the Kentucky Three-Day Eventing 2015 and 2016, Jung became just the second rider in the event’s history to claim consecutive victories on the same horse. He then made Kentucky Three-Day Event history again when he won the title in 2017, making him the first rider to win three consecutive times since the event’s inception in 1978.
Other top names joining Jung for this year’s event include: Oliver Townend, winner at Burghley and therefore in a position to take the Grand Slam of eventing should he win at Kentucky and then Badminton a week later, Christopher Burton, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Sam Watson, Joe Meyer, Pawel Spisak, Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, William Coleman, Lauren Kieffer, and Kim Severson.
“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.”
This year’s event 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.