We pretend to go to the horse show but everyone really knows it’s a circus!
Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!
Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.
Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event
It’s time for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event once again! Now, I could spend the next few paragraphs filling you in on all the usual in and outs of this Four Star Eventing Competition, but this is The Horse Circus, so let’s breeze through the basic facts and get to the fun stuff.
Riders at Rolex, like all eventing competitions, show at dressage, cross-country and show jumping, in that order. But this is no ordinary day at the horse show. Rolex is a four star event – a designation is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world. And Rolex riders are competing for a chance to win the $250,000 in prize money and a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mistubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession. That is some serious competition!
And now, as promised, the fun stuff! First up are these brilliant statistics put together by Eventing Nation in the lead up to Rolex. The Rolex By The Numbers series features all the fun facts and figures on the horses and riders that are competing this year. Just click on the pictures below to get this inside scoop!
Another thing we love at Rolex is the presence of the Prince Philip Cup Games. These Mounted Games are the inspiration of HRH Prince Philip, who wanted to create a competition for children who could not afford expensive ponies. The first event took place in 1957 to much praise, and since then the concept has spread far and wide. The Prince Philip Cup Games have been a staple at Rolex Kentucky since 2000, and the winners can claim the cup donated by HRH himself. Of course, they have to first brave daring feats like this little maneuver.
Finally, we love Rolex Kentucky because it’s actually on television! The NBC broadcast of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is scheduled for Sunday, May 4 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. Of course, if you want to see all the ups and downs of the competition as it takes place, head over to the trusty USEF Network, and don’t miss a beat!