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Eventing's Best Expected to Compete at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** Presented by Farnam
Lexington, KY, USA
Photo: Anthony Trollope/
Kim Severson at Rolex 2005
As always, Eventing's biggest names are expected to compete at America's most prestigious equestrian competition – the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam.  This year's Rolex Kentucky CCI**** returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 27-30.

The Event will host many of the world's best horse-and-rider pairs as they compete for one of the most coveted purses in equestrian sports and one of the most prestigious championships in the sport of Eventing.   

Heading the list of U.S. riders entered are four of the five riders on the United States' Bronze Medal team from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.  Led by Individual Silver Medalist Kim Severson, the team also included Darren Chiacchia of Springville, NY; Amy Tryon of Duvall, WA; and John Williams of Middleburg, VA (as well as Julie Richards who is not entered at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event).

Severson, Tryon and Williams were part of the 2002 Gold Medal World Championship Team and are defending champions.

Five-time Olympian and six-time Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event champion Bruce O. Davidson, Sr. of Unionville, PA and three-time Olympian Karen O'Connor of The Plains, VA, another Rolex Kentucky champion, also return for this year's event.  

Other Olympians entered are Stephen Bradley of Leesburg, VA; Mara Dean of South Strafford, VT; and Nina Fout of Middleburg, VA.

International stars are also expected to compete including Olympic veterans; Stuart Black, formerly of Canada but now a U.S. citizen; Andrew Hoy of Australia; Leslie Law of Great Britain; two-time Team Gold Medalist Philip Dutton of Australia; and William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain.

This year's event, a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Selection Trial for the Eventing World Championships at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aächen, Germany, will be run under the "without Steeplechase" (short) format for the first time, consistent with requirements for FEI Championships.

The Kentucky Horse Park was chosen as the site for the FEI Games in 2010.  This will mark the first time the Games, which feature World Championships in seven equestrian disciplines, are being held outside of Europe.  This will undoubtedly make the opportunity to see the Rolex action from the Kentucky Horse Park that much more exciting for the many thousands of fans around the world who are thinking of traveling to Kentucky for the 2010 Games.

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