LEXINGTON, KY (March 30, 2005) When describing the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park, Governor Ernie Fletcher said it well, “This is white-knuckled, adrenaline-pumping action that brings out the best in horses and their riders, all of whom are among the finest athletes in the world. Horses at this level really have to be seen in person to be appreciated. Their versatility is incomparable.”
The governor elaborated, “The three-day event for a horse is the equivalent of a human athlete being asked to excel in all areas of ballet, sprints, marathons and high jumping. The horses’ minds and bodies are finely-tuned and disciplined to work in precise concert with their riders. Part of the fun is watching how the horses react to the appreciative applause of the crowds when they accomplish these awesome athletic maneuvers.”
John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park noted, “We are very pleased and honored that Rolex and Equestrian Events, Inc. have chosen the Kentucky Horse Park to host this prestigious event year after year. For those who may have never witnessed an equine sporting event at this level, it is a great opportunity to see horses and riders at their best. Most of our 70,000 visitors over the four days of the event have come back year-after-year because they don’t want to miss a day of it.”
The park encourages visitors to bring their families and friends to enjoy three days of spectacular beauty and excitement, adrenaline rushes, great shopping in the international trade fair, food and socializing. They are also invited to tour the rest of the Kentucky Horse Park, watch some gorgeous Friesian horses who are performing at the park through May 8, catch the new Best of the West show, sit in on the Rood and Riddle Equine Seminar (a veterinary seminar for horse owners), tour special exhibitions in the park museums and take a look at some adoptable Thoroughbreds at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, also located in the park.
The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park April 28-May 1.
Tickets and information on the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event can be acquired by contacting Equestrian Events, Inc. through their web site at www.rk3de.org or by calling their office at 859-233-2362.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.