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Olympic Veterans Visit UK Children’s Hospital While In Town Competing at 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Taylor, age 11, meets Olympians Hawley Bennett-Awad and Tim Price.(c) Michelle Dunn

Olympic veterans Hawley Bennett-Awad of Canada and Tim Price of New Zealand, representatives of the Eventing Riders Association (ERA), made a special visit to the UK Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, April 25, to spend time with kids undergoing treatment there. Both riders are in town to compete at the 2017 Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, taking place April 27-30. They also brought the children official souvenirs from the event which brought a smile to their faces and was a highlight of their day.

“We met some awesome kids in here!” said Hawley with a smile. “It was great to meet the kids who under some stressful circumstances but still have a positive attitude. It was a really interesting day.”

Tim made the kids laugh when they heard his New Zealand accent. “It puts perspective on what we’re doing – we’re so fortunate to be competing and doing what we love,” said Tim. “To come in here and give a bit of energy to the kids has been a real privilege, so thank you very much for inviting me. I’m looking forward to next year and doing it again!”

The Kentucky Three-Day Event is the nation’s premier Three-Day Event and one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. The International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the world’s governing body of equestrian sports, has designated the Kentucky Three-Day Event as a ‘Four Star’ eventing competition, the highest designation, which is given only to the Olympic Games, World Championships, and six annual events around the world. “Rolex Kentucky” is the only Four Star event in the Western Hemisphere and is part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. It hosts the Dubarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge and serves as the Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship.

The Kentucky Three-Day Event will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, May 7, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT. USEFNetwork.com will livestream the competition in its entirety live as it happens and will also have the coverage available on demand. FEITV.org will also livestream the event internationally.

Spectators can enjoy a world-class three-day event competition and shop at the Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair with almost 200 booths and tents. Rolex Kentucky also features tailgating, Land Rover test drives, a fund-raising farm-to-table dinner Thursday evening, on-site beer garden, 5K race on Friday evening, and Champions Live! on Sunday morning. Ticket buyers also receive general admission to the Kentucky Horse Park, America’s only theme park dedicated to horses.

The Eventing Riders Association (ERA) is a tax-exempt membership organization whose mission is to provide a sustainable professional support system for riders of all levels, grooms, owners and event organizers through leadership, education and mentorship to advance the sport of eventing. For more information about ERA visit www.professionalriders.org.

This year’s Kentucky Three-Day Event official charity is the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH), located within the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, CKRH was founded in 1981 as a riding program for individuals with physical disabilities. Since its beginning CKRH has grown into a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to improving the quality of life and health of children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with horses. To learn more about the CKRH, visit ckrh.org.

Equestrian Events, Inc. is a non-profit charitable Kentucky corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event that evolved into the Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover.

For more information on the 2017 Kentucky Three-Day Event, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.RK3DE.org or call (859) 233-2362. Tickets may be ordered on line or by calling (859) 254-8123.