Previously held as a CSI3*, the Kentucky Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute at the 2024 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ will be held at the CSI4* level!
Organized by Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ (LRK3DE) returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, April 25-28, featuring one of only seven annual five star three-day events in the world. Known as “The Best Weekend All Year,” the event annually attracts nearly 90,000 spectators who also enjoy extensive shopping, a variety of hospitality experiences and a wide array of demonstrations. In addition to the traditional CCI5*-L, the event also features the Cosequin® Lexington 4* and $270,000 Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, including a new $35,000 1.45m Two-Phase during the lunch hour on Saturday, April 27.
Introduced at the 2018 LRK3DE as a CSI3*, the Kentucky Invitational has packed Rolex Stadium with cheering fans each year. In addition to the $225,000 Invitational Grand Prix, which features some 40 international riders on Saturday following the eventing’s cross-country phase, there is a $35,000 1.45m Welcome Speed Cup Ranking Class on Friday following the completion of the dressage competition and a new $35,000 1.45m Special Two-Phase during the lunch hour on Saturday, April 27.
“With many of the world’s elite horses and riders gearing up for the 2024 Paris Olympics, next year’s event promises to be one of the most exciting ever,” said Erin Woodall, Executive Director of EEI. “We are thrilled to offer a new CSI4* Grand Prix and two other $35,000 ranking classes alongside all our usual activities, and we greatly appreciate Split Rock Jumping Tour for serving as our show jumping manager while we take this event to the next level. We look forward to welcoming another spectacular line-up of horses and riders in April!”
“We are excited to continue as presenting sponsor for such an incredible event as the Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix,” said Luke Fallon, DVM and Medical Director of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. “As presenting sponsor since its inception, we believe the increase from a Three Star to a Four Star is an exciting step for both competitors and spectators. We look forward to next year’s event and are excited to be involved in events of this caliber with the quality of veterinarians encompassing our performance horse team.”
The Kentucky Invitational Grand Prix CSI presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will move to the five star level starting in 2025. Equestrian Events, Inc. is now accepting management proposals for 2025-2027 for the show jumping competition held each April in conjunction with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™. The deadline for management proposals is January 15, 2024.
Management of the new CSI5* will include working with EEI on promotions, sponsorships and other competition details. Proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2024; the successful candidate will be notified by May 30, 2024.
For more information on the Kentucky CSI Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and to submit a proposal for show management, visit here.
More information on the Kentucky CSI4* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute can be found here.