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Equine Motorcoach On Display at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Equine Motorcoach™ On Display at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

(Lexington, Ky.) - The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, part of the HSBC FEI Classics™ Series, will run a CCI**** and the 12th championship for the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Pinnacle Cup, signifying the zenith in Eventing competition in the United States. The event draws over 100,000 spectators and is being held this week at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky and runs April 23-26. The Kentucky Horse Park is the site of the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.

The Only All-in-One Motorized Luxury RV and Horse Transport

Equine Motorcoach™ will be on display at the prestigious event. The all-in-one motorized luxury RV and horse transport has been touring the United States for the past year. Billed as "The New Breed Of Luxury", Equine Motorcoach is designated as the official horse transport vehicle of the United States Equestrian Federation. The horse transport area accommodates up to six horses comfortably, while providing an air-ride to ensure that the horses are ready to compete as soon as they arrive at a horse show.

In just seconds, the versatile lounge converts into a queen suite fit for royalty. A combination of upper bunks and a full size bed over the cab bring the sleeping accommodations up to six. The larger standard table makes dining an elegant experience. Waterford Crystal, engraved china, and sterling silver flatware enhance the luxury and elegance of Equine Motorcoach.

Fully equipped with an AM/FM/CD player complete with an iPod port, satellite TV, and Xbox 360, Equine Motorcoach continues to make an extended stay pleasant and enjoyable. Wine storage, stainless steel sinks, dishwasher, electric cook surface, convection microwave and built in television are just the beginning of what can be expected from Equine Motorcoach™.

The Only Four Star Three-Day Event In The Americas

Because horse and rider combinations compete in World Championships and Olympic Games at the Four Star level, the ability to train and test themselves at this level on an annual basis is critical to developing strong individuals and teams for those contests.

While not every combination that competes at the Four Star level will be chosen to represent the U.S. or, in the case of foreign riders, their own country, the Rolex Four Star Championship, $200,000 in prize money and a Rolex Watch make the competition important in its own right. Additionally for U.S. riders, the USET Foundation CCI**** Championship for the Pinnacle Cup marks the high point of any U.S. rider's career.

To win Rolex Kentucky sets a horse and rider apart and they become members of that upper echelon who are winners of a CCI****. Simply to finish also puts them in select company.

One Of Three Events In The Rolex Grand Slam Of Eventing

The Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing awards $250,000 to the Rider who can win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in England the first weekend in May and the Burghley Land Rover Horse Trials in England the first of September in succession. In its 5th year in 2003, Pippa Funnell of Great Britain became the first Grand Slam winner with wins at Kentucky on Primmore's Pride, Badminton on Supreme Rock, and Burghley on Primmore's Pride, taking the $250,000 prize that most had thought impossible to win. When the next Grand Slam winner will burst onto the Eventing scene is anyone's guess.

Click here for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event schedule.

For more information about Equine Motorcoach™ or to schedule a tour, contact Bob Wiegand at 502.664.7108 or email bwiegand@equinemotorcoach.com.

The Competition

DRESSAGE on the first day of the competition tests the gaits, suppleness and obedience of the horse through a series of prescribed movements. While judging the Dressage Test on the first day is based on specific criteria understood in detail only by experienced judges and riders, it is basically an evaluation of beauty of movement and obedience. Anyone can judge these characteristics and the spectator's opinion often agrees with the judges. The number of competitors may require that Dressage be held over two days but it remains the first competition day.

The CROSS-COUNTRY test on the second competition day proves the speed, stamina, courage, boldness and jumping ability of the horse and the rider's knowledge of pace and use of the horse across country. Horses jumping over obstacles designed and constructed to represent what might be found on uncharted grounds , virtually flying over ditches, leaping up and down banks, dropping into and galloping through water prove examples of athletic prowess, and trust between man and animal, that can be seen in no other sporting event. While the rider walks the course beforehand, the horse doesn't see any of the course until it leaves the start box.

JUMPING in an arena on the third day of competition provides the final test of the horse's athletic ability, conditioning and training. The Jumping Test in a stadium arena on the third day is again simply a matter of jumping the obstacles cleanly. Its significance is that it comes the day following the test of cross-country jumping at speed and clearly illustrates the horse's willingness to listen to its rider. It must now move at a more sedate pace and not touch the obstacles, which are not solid and will fall down. A single rail knocked down can make the difference between winning and finishing far down in the placings.

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