Equestrian Events Inc. has announced that the prize money for the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has been increased from $300,000 to $350,000. This is the second consecutive year that the event has seen a $50,000 prize money boost, increasing the payout to the top 20 finishers. This year’s winner will receive $110,000.
“It’s due to the commitment of our longtime RK3DE enthusiasts, our growing base of new fans, and the continuous support of Rolex Watch USA and Land Rover North America that we are able to increase the prize money for our event for a second straight year,” EEI President Stewart Perry said. “We proudly award prize money to the top 20 finishers and this record level of prize money fits with our position as one of the sport’s premier events.”
This year’s Rolex will serve as a selection trial for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and we look forward to watching a star-studded field compete for top honors. Rolex also serves as a leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which also awards $350,000 to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley four-star events in succession.
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