Lexington, Ky., April 22, 2015- Four riders who'll be competing in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover, and one rider who'll be competing in the Kentucky Rei
ning Cup, spent Tuesday afternoon visiting with children undergoing treatment at the Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington.
"Rolex Kentucky" returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on April 23-28. Prior to the start of competition, eventers Will Coleman, Sharon White, Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp and Allie Knowles, along with reiner Lindsey Jordan, met with the young patients at the children's hospital to bring them souvenirs from the event.
Coleman, of Gordonsville, Va., especially enjoyed meeting with the young patients, even playing video games with one. "It was just amazing to come here and met these incredibly brave young children who are dealing with very real issues," said Coleman. "It was amazing-I don't know how else to describe it. They're amazing young people who we'll all be thinking of from now on. It was an unforgettable experience." Jordan, who lives in nearby Georgetown, Ky., and will be competing in the Kentucky Reining Cup on Friday and Saturday evening, had visited the Kentucky Children's Hospital during the previous two years.
Kristi Lopez, the hospital's director of public relations, believes that the riders' visit meant even more to the children than it did to the riders. "We appreciate the riders taking time while they're in Lexington for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Kentucky Reining Cup to come lift their spirits and spend time visiting with our young patients and their families at Kentucky Children's Hospital," she said.
"Rolex Kentucky" is one of the world's most prestigious equestrian competitions, and is one of only six Four-Star Three-Day Events in the world and the only one in the Western Hemisphere. It is a part of the FEI Classics Series, which unites the top four-star Eventing competitions from around the world. It also gives competitors a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four-Star Events in succession.
Coverage of America's only Four Star Event includes an NBC broadcast - the Rolex Equestrian Championships presented by Land Rover - which will air on Sunday, May 3 at 12:30 pm EDT. All four days of the competition is being streamed online LIVE on USEFNetwork.com, presented by SmartPak, beginning on Thursday, April 23.
For equestrian fans throughout the rest of the world, FEI TV is airing LIVE coverage of Saturday's cross-country and Sunday's show jumping competitions. To sign up for FEI TV, visit www.feitv.org.
For more information on the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.RK3DE.org or call (859) 233-2362.