Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™, has announced that prize money for the Cosequin® Lexington CCI4*-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 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L, the largest and longest-running five-star event in the Americas, is the highlight of the weekend and offers $400,000 in prize money. The event also features the $225,000 Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix which takes place on Saturday afternoon, April 27, after the K3DE cross-country.

The Cosequin® Lexington 4* will now offer prize 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.”

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~ with files from Classic Communications