Many of our readers are preparing to go to Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, wether on plane, car, or the internet. Rolex is the keynote of all events in the USA, being the only North American 4*. There were over 80 entries this year, featuring both seasoned professionals, and newcomers to the level. So let’s hear about some of the competitors and make sure to pick your guess at the winner!
Australian born, with an american citizenship this multi time olympian (including some medals!) Phillip no stranger to the Kentucky Horse Park. Phillip has competed, and coached many times here, and this year will be no different. This year he’s competing two horses Mr. Medicott and Mighty Nice. Mr. Medicott may sound familiar because he was Karen O’Connor’s Olympic horse that he has taken over the ride of in the past year. Phillip is always a strong competitor and we are looking forward to seeing him dominate!
Rolex Rookie Tim Bourke is ready to take a stab at the 4* level with his mount Luckaun Quality. He’s an irish rider, who is currently working under the expertise of Sharon White at Last Frontier farm . Tim and Luckaun Quality had a great finish at Fair Hill International, and everyone is on the edge of their seats to see how this dynamic duo pans out!
Back on the US eventing stage is the amazing (and fashionable) Marilyn Little. After competing for a fair bit of time in Europe, Marilyn has returned to her home base in Frederick MD. Her first event back was Carolina International, where she won and placed fifth in the 3* on her two Rolex mounts. This incredible rider is well known for her switch from Grand Prix show jumping to the eventing stage, and being shortlisted for the Olympics only a few years later. Both her mounts RF Demeter and RF Smoke on the Water are so incredibly fit and ready for this year!
With two mounts this year, Allison Springer is ready for a great year at Rolex. Her first mount Arthur has proven to be a top event horse in previous years, by placing second in RK3DE 2012. He has his ups and downs, but he can really put it down in the dressage ring! Her second mount Copycat Chloe is also showing immense improvements as the year progresses! Chloe has quickly become a fan favorite!
Australian Rider, Kate Chadderton has waited long and hard for her turn to take a crack at the Kentucky Horse Park. She has a string of OTTBs, and her Rolex competitor Collection Pass is no different. She is ready to rip up the cross country is style! After several weeks with her jaw wired shut because of an unfortunate accident whilst riding Kate is back and better than ever! While a Rolex Rookie, Kate has ridden five different horses at the advanced level in both America and Australia! All but one being OTTBs! Cole has proven himself at the level, especially in the show jumping! So let’s see what happens with this fun pair!
Jan and her mount Immidair, are strong competitors in this year’s RK3DE. After a win at Fair Hill International 3*, Jan has finally proven that she has overcome a debilitating injury that many would have thought to have ended her career as a rider. But Jan came back, and with Immidair, she is sure to set the stage at this year’s Rolex. We are expecting a strong dressage score and an awesome show jumping round!
William Fox Pitt
How can we forget previous winner William Fox Pitt? Shipping his two horses,Bat my Hero and SeaCookie TSF, from England this new daddy is ready to bring all his cards to the table in every phase. Proven many times to be a top competitor William has won many 4* and I think he’s got a strong chance at the Rolex Grand Slam!
So vote for your favourite to win Rolex!