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Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Offers Live Webcast

The 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, April 26-29, will deliver the world’s first full, live, end-to-end webcast of an international three-day event. This year’s competition is an International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Qualifying Competition and U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Selection Trial for the 2008 Olympic Games. Live webcasts of all three phases—Dressage-Thursday and Friday; Cross-country-Saturday and Show Jumping-Sunday—will be available online for all four days. Kerry Millikin, the 1996 Olympic individual bronze medalist and winner of the 1987 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, will serve as analyst for the webcasts.

"Last year, thanks to the initiative of our webmaster, Evan Haller, we presented our first-ever live webcast on the event website featuring our most popular cross-country location, the Head of the Lake," said Jane Atkinson, Event Director and Executive Vice President of Equestrian Events, Inc. "For those who can’t make it to Kentucky, this is the perfect opportunity to see the action as it is happening."

To accommodate those fans of the sport who want to see the action live as it happens, NBC, in conjunction with Equestrian Events, Inc., the producer of the event, and the USEF, is presenting these unprecedented live webcasts. The event will be broadcast on NBC television as a one-hour special on May 6, 2007 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

The event will run a CCI4* without steeplechase (short format) and the 10th championship for the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Pinnacle Trophy. Last year’s Rolex Kentucky, a competition testing some of the world’s most athletic horses in dressage, cross-country and show jumping, attracted a record 90,748 people over the four days of the competition.

The only four star event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, is the premier competition for the top horses and riders in eventing. Past winners include a number of Olympic medalists: Bruce Davidson, David and Karen O’Connor and Kim Severson of the United States, New Zealand’s Blyth Tait, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain and Andrew Hoy of Australia.

The competition features this country’s best horses and riders and international stars vying for their share of $200,000 in prize money and a chance at the $250,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The winning owner will be awarded $65,000 and the winning rider will receive a Rolex timepiece. The classic Kentucky Julep Cup is presented to each as a reminder of their singular accomplishment.

Courtesy: The HorseTV Channel News, http://www.horsetv.com


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