Next week marks one of the most exciting events in the horse world–Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. Like that other, better known horse event, the Kentucky Derby, the annual Rolex competition tests the precision, speed, endurance and bravery of horse and rider. Unlike the Derby, Rolex horses and riders compete in 3 major events over three days: dressage, cross country and stadium jumping. The horse and rider team that performs best over the 3-day, 3-event series wins. Rolex is the only 4-star event competition held in the United States.
As an added treat this year, trials for September’s World Equestrian Games will also be held during Rolex. The World Equestrian Games (sometimes dubbed the Olympics of horsemanship) has 8 distinct events from carriage driving to vaulting to reining to dressage. This year, the WEG will be held in the United States for the first time–at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington where next week’s Rolex competition takes place.
There are other things to see and do in Lexington besides Rolex and the World Games. But Kentucky lives, breathes and speaks Equine. If you have a chance to head south, here are some travel guides to help enjoy your time down in bluegrass country.