The winner of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will this year collect $130,000 after the organisers
confirmed an increased prize fund of $400,000.
Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, is increasing the prize money for the long-standing annual Kentucky competition for the third year in a row. The prize find will be awarded to the top 20 riders, with the winner’s prize being the highest amount awarded amongst the world’s four star three-day events.
The news comes following an announcement by Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, which takes place a week later, that the winner of the event will take home a prize of £100,000 for the first time in 2017 with a 10% increase in the overall prize pot.
“For more than 35 years, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has been an important event on the international equestrian calendar,” said Lee Carter, Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI). “We want to keep it there and continue to bring the world to Kentucky. Thanks to the loyalty of our partners, sponsors, but most of all tens of thousands of fans and spectators who travel in to enjoy equestrian sport at its best, we are able to expand our support and promote the sport of Eventing.”
Riders will also be vying for the opportunity to become just the third rider ever to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, and the accompanying $350,000. This is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession. Additionally, the Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge will be featured again this year, awarding $20,000 to the winning nation with the fewest penalties after adding together the final scores of the three highest-placed individuals from that nation.
The Rolex Kentucky is one of only six four star three-day events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere and brings the world’s best horses and riders from across the country and around the world. The dates for this year’s competition are April 27-30, 2017.