Christmas seems to come a little bit earlier every year, amiright? I am talking, of course, about tickets to the 2018 Kentucky Three-Day Event (April 26-29), which officially go on sale today at 9 a.m. EST.
Usually tickets don’t go on sale until the beginning of November, but they’re being offered up early this year to unveil a new ticket-ordering system.
“We have been building a new ticket system. It’s ready, and we are eager to unveil it,” says Stewart Perry, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Kentucky Three-Day Event, of the earlier date.
“Our new system has really simplified the process of buying tickets to our event,” said Lee Carter, EEI Executive Director. “Even those purchases that traditionally folks called in, like group tickets, can easily be done online now.”
Ticket options include single-day, three-day (Fri-Sat-Sun) and four-day general admissions, as well as group sales and reserved grandstand seating. Reserved grandstand seating and tailgating spots go fast once sales open, so fans will get the best tickets at the best prices if they order early.
New this year is Saturday’s CSI3* $225,000 Invitational Show Jumping Grand Prix, to be held after cross country country, and Friday’s $35,000 1.45m FEI ranking class, held after Friday’s dressage. There is no charge for the Grand Prix or ranking class tickets, but seats must be reserved through the ticketing system ahead of time.
Sure, we still have a few months of pesky winter to suffer through, but in our hearts it’s already springtime in Kentucky and the birds are singing and the four-star horses are galloping past. For eventers who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, nine out of 10 doctors surveyed recommend purchasing Rolex tickets in advance to hang on your fridge or display in another prominent place in your home to keep the cold-weather blahs away.