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The Kentucky Three-Day Event is the largest annual equine competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park. One of only six three-day events in the world that are ranked at the highest level, four stars (CCI****), it is the first three-day eventing competition of the year on the international calendar. The Kentucky Three-Day Event is held each year during the last weekend of April. See the Calendar of Events for current information.


Eventing is considered the triathlon of the equine world, where horse and rider teams compete in three distinct equine disciplines: Dressage, Cross-Country and Jumping. The team with the lowest number of faults and the fastest time wins the competition.

The Kentucky Three-Day Event returns to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington this year. The field includes dozens of riders from countries all over the world.

The event 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 international Eventing competitions from around the world.

Known to fans as "The Best Weekend all Year," the Kentucky Three-Day Event offers something for everyone: the highest-level of equestrian competitors, tailgating, music, shopping, bourbon tastings, and more. Visitors also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America's only theme park dedicated to horses.

The Kentucky Three-Day Event hosts many of the world’s best horses and riders each year as they compete for their share of the $350,000 in prize money. Riders also have a chance at winning the $350,000 Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to any rider who wins the Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four-Star Events in succession.

The Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The Fédération Equestre Internationale (International Equestrian Federation – FEI), the world’s governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Kentucky Three-Day Event as a “Four Star” eventing competition, the sport’s highest designation, which is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world.

Ticket options typically include four-day, three-day, and single-day general admission as well as group rates and reserved grandstand seating. Ground admission tickets include parking, admission to the grounds, International Trade Fair and the Kentucky Horse Park. To watch the competition in the Rolex Stadium, a reserve stadium seat in addition to the Grounds Admission ticket needs to be purchased.

Call (859) 254-8123 to order tickets.

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Visit the Kentucky Three-Day Event Website for more information.