EQUESTRIAN EVENTS, INC. (EEI) – the organizers of the Kentucky Three-Day Event is a non–profit Kentucky corporation formed initially to stage the 1978 World Three–Day Event Championships at the brand new Kentucky Horse Park.
In October 1976, as preparation for the World Championships, EEI organized the first horse trials ever held at the Horse Park. In 1977, the organization coordinated the staging of the national Pony Club Rally in August and produced the North American Junior Three–Day Event Championships in September.
The 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships, held for the first time in the United States September 14–17, were an unprecedented success. (See the original 1978 Time Magazine story on the event here.) Individual World Champion Bruce Davidson of Pennsylvania retained the world title riding his young and courageous American Thoroughbred, Might Tango. The popular team of riders and horses from Canada were the winners of the Team Gold Medal.
EEI’s mission is to support the development of riders and horses in one or more of the sports recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Through the staging of an annual event at the highest level, EEI seeks to ensure the competitiveness of the United States in international competition, and to enhance the equine industry worldwide. EEI is governed by a 28–person Board of Directors and with daily management overseen by their professional staff.