Cosequin® Lexington 4*-S to Offer Increased Prize Money at 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian

Karl Slezak and Hot Bobo. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the world-renowned Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™, is excited to announce that prize money for the Cosequin® Lexington 4*-S is being increased to $50,000 for this year’s event, which returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, April 25-28.

Introduced in 2021, the Cosequin® Lexington 4* runs concurrently with the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian (K3DE), one of only seven annual Five Star three-day events in the world. Known as “The Best Weekend All Year,” K3DE annually attracts nearly 90,000 spectators who also enjoy extensive shopping, a variety of hospitality experiences and a wide array of demonstrations. The event also features the Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Thanks to increased support from Cosequin® and other generous sponsors, the Cosequin® Lexington 4* will now offer double last year’s prize money, with money distributed to the top-ten finishers as follows:

  • 1st place – $16,400
  • 2nd place – $12,000
  • 3rd place – $7,200
  • 4th place – $4,800
  • 5th place – $2,600
  • 6th place – $2,000
  • 7th place – $1,800
  • 8th place – $1,600
  • 9th place – $1,000
  • 10th place – $600

“We are thrilled to increase the prize money being offered to our riders in the Cosequin® Lexington 4* and also deeply honored by the show of sponsor support for our event,” said Erin Woodall, Executive Director of EEI. “Without the generous support of our sponsors, the event wouldn’t be what it is today. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet for every level at the K3DE, and we look forward to providing competitors and spectators alike with the same world-class excitement they’ve come to expect.”

“Cosequin® has been a longtime sponsor of the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event, and we are proud to return for the second year as the title sponsor of the Cosequin Lexington 4* event,” said Todd Henderson, DVM, President and CEO of Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. “We are excited to see the 4* continue to grow and offer more to the riders who have worked so hard to compete at this event.”

Tickets for viewing the Cosequin® Lexington 4*-S are included when purchasing K3DE tickets and can be purchased at

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