The Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of just six four-star events that take place annually around the world and is the only one hosted within the American continent.
Kentucky Three-Day Event history
Horse trials have been held at the Kentucky Horse Park since 1976, while the venue became the first US host of the world eventing championships in 1978. Individual world champion Bruce Davidson retained his world title riding Might Tango, while Canada were the winners of the team gold medal on that occasion. Since then Kentucky has frequently been used as the selection trial for the US eventing team for major championships.
In 1998 Rolex Kentucky became the only CCI4* event held outside Europe. It dropped it’s CCI3* class in 2000 and permanently swapped to short format in 2006. After 18 years in the role, Mike Etherington-Smith handed over course-designer duties to Derek di Grazia ahead of the 2011 event. Derek remains the course-designer at the current time.
Long-time title sponsor Rolex stepped down in 2017, and the title sponsorship of the event was taken up by Land Rover ahead of the 2018 running.