The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Equestrian Event, Presented by Land Rover, took place April 26-29, 2017. This event combines Dressage, Cross-Country, and the Jumping Test.
After the Cross-Country ride only 39 horses were left to compete in the final challenge, the Jumping Test. This year’s jumping course featured a 2017 Range Rover Sport and a 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible, set by Richard Jeffrey. This course proved very difficult. Only four competitors finished clear within the time.
Land Rover Ambassador, representing Great Britain, Zara Tindall, had an excellent round on her 16-year-old bay, High Kingdom. One of the last to go, representing France, Maxime Livio rode the fourth and final clear found of the day with his horse, Qalao Des Mers. Germany’s Michael Jung was last to go on his 12-year-old mare, fischerRocana FST. Jung incurred four faults, but was still able to claim the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event title for the third year in a row. Livio finished second and Tindall finished third.
“fischerRocana FST is a top horse, the mare fights to hard for me and our partnership is so strong,” Jung said. “She gave me a very good feeling the warm up ring which made me feel good entering the arena. I did not have enough power in the triple combination so I was nervous with two jumps to go! I am grateful for my team and really pleased with the result.”
Phillip Dutton, Olympic bronze medalist, represented the United States on his Irish Sport gelding, Mr. Medicott and finished in fourth place. He also was awarded the USEF Championship Trophy, an award that goes to the highest placed American rider. This is Dutton’s fifth year to win this award and his fortieth time to compete in the Rolex Kentucky Competition.
“It is particularly rewarding to finish as the top US rider,” Dutton said. “It has been a great event and it is the perfect was for Mr. Medicott to finish his four-star career.”
Land Rover is proud to continue to support the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.