The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, traditionally the nation’s leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses, has been chosen as the Official Charity of the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ (LRK3DE).
The prestigious five-star event returns to the Kentucky Horse Park, April 23-26, and will host a special farm-to-table fundraising dinner at Spy Coast Farm, located right next door to the Horse Park. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Official Charity.
“The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of the most iconic events on the equestrian calendar each year, and we are honored to be named as the official charity of this prestigious competition,” said Dell Hancock, chairman of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “The money raised from this partnership will improve the lives of all horses, from three-day eventers to horses in your backyard.”
Since 1983, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has provided more than $27.5 million to fund 366 projects at 44 universities in North America and overseas. Through the years, research funded by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and its predecessor (the Grayson Foundation) has uncovered solutions to critical problems affecting horse health as well as clues to numerous other solutions of equine health issues. For more information, visit grayson-jockeyclub.org.
“EEI has a long-standing tradition of supporting charities that serve the local community and support the equine industry,” said Lee Carter, executive director of Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the event. “The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation does a wonderful job of both and we are delighted to work with them this year as our official charity.”
As the official charity, Grayson-Jockey Club Research will receive a portion of the proceeds from a special fundraising charity dinner on Thursday, April 23, at Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Spy Coast Farm specializes in the breeding and development of top-quality performance horses and has three farms located along the East Coast. Spy Coast’s beautiful 800-acre farm on Ironworks Pike in Lexington houses their Breeding, Young Horse Training Center, Quarantine facility, Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness Center and, most recently, an Equine Education Center. For more information visit www.spycoastfarm.com.
“We are excited to serve as the site for the farm-to-table charity dinner during the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian,” said Lisa Lourie, owner of Spy Coast Farm. “Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has had a consistent history of excellence in serving the equine industry, and we are proud to be able to support them.”
The LRK3DE Thursday night charitable fundraising dinner, sponsored this year in-part by Georgetown-Scott County Tourism, Tito’s and Blade and Bow, has become a favorite among fans. Each dinner has afforded guests rare access to a local horse farm or special venue, such as the state capitol in Frankfort. Tickets will be available soon and typically sell out quickly. Please watch the Land Rover Kentucky social media for info on ticket availability.
Known as “The Best Weekend All Year,” the LRK3DE is a thrilling multi-day competition featuring Olympic-level riders and horses in what can best be described as an equestrian triathlon. Horses and riders compete for $400,000 in prize money in three phases of competition—dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
LRK3DE is one of only seven annual Five Star three-day events in the world and is the first and longest-running five-star in the Americas. As the United States’ premier event, it also serves as the Land Rover/USEF CCI-5*-L Eventing National Championship presented by MARS Equestrian.
As part of the action-packed weekend, the third annual $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 25, after the cross-country portion of the LRK3DE. There will also be a $37,000 Welcome Speed Cup Ranking Class on Friday in the Rolex Stadium after the day’s LRK3DE dressage competition. No stadium seat ticket is required for Friday’s Ranking Class. More Grand Prix information is available here.
Tickets for the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian and the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute are now on sale! Both world-class events return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 23-26, 2020, and will feature elite horses and riders from across the nation and around the world, many of whom will be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
Single-Day and Multi-Day tickets are available here. All grounds admission tickets to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event include general parking and admission to the Kentucky Horse Park and International Trade Fair, but do not include access to the competition in the Rolex Stadium on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Reserved grandstand seating is sold separately from grounds admission and traditionally the best seats sell out, so everyone is encouraged to place orders as early as possible. Grounds admission is free for children 12 years and under with adult ticket purchases. Tickets sell fast, so buy your tickets now!
For a unique world-class Kentucky experience, exclusive Ringside Hospitality Packages are also available, including Patron Plus, Patron Club, and Kentucky Club (Saturday only).
Land Rover Tailgating on Cross-Country Day
Experience the excitement of the thrilling Cross-Country day on Saturday, April 25, from your own tailgate spot along the course! You may bring your own food and beverages subject to the tailgating rules and there will also be concessions near the tailgating area. Tailgate passes include 6 General Admission Tickets and 1 reserved parking space near the Cross-Country Course on Saturday only. Platinum and Premium Spots have an unobstructed view of the course. New this year is a tented tailgating option that includes a 10 x 10 tent, 4 chairs and a table near the Hollow on the course. More information here.
About Equestrian Events, Inc.
Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI) 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 world-renowned Kentucky Three-Day Event, which draws more than 80,000 spectators to the Kentucky Horse Park each year. For more information visit www.eq-events.com.
About Land Rover
Founded in 1948, Land Rover designs, engineers, and manufactures its vehicles in the United Kingdom. For almost 70 years the brand has built a reputation for providing its clientele with some of the most luxurious and capable vehicles in the world; whether driving through the heart of the city or traversing the countryside on- and off-road. Today’s Land Rover lineup includes the Discovery and Discovery Sport; Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque. Land Rover is fully engaged with sustainability initiatives and social concerns with continuous involvement in environmental and community programs. For more information, visit the official Land Rover website at www.landroverusa.com.
About Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports sedan and sports car brands.
At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2017/18 Jaguar Land Rover sold 614,309 vehicles in 129 countries, with more than 80 percent of our vehicles being sold abroad.
We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centered in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, Austria and Slovakia.
Our innovation is continuous: we will spend in the region of £4 billion this year on new product creation and capital expenditure.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and gasoline engines.
About MARS Equestrian
MARS Equestrian, a brand and sponsorship division within MARS INCORPORATED, is the link between our iconic brands and the equestrian community. For generations, MARS has celebrated a rich equestrian heritage, and through purposeful partnerships, MARS Equestrian is committed to the sport and building an enduring legacy. From world-class competitions across all equestrian disciplines, to stewarding the power of horses on society and sustainability, MARS Equestrian is dedicated to our purpose to improve the lives of horses, pets, and the people who love them. For more information about MARS Equestrian, please visit www.marsequestrian.com.
About Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
With more than 50 veterinarians and 142 years behind it, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is the oldest and one of the largest private equine veterinary practices in the world. Based in Lexington, the facility, located across the street from the Kentucky Horse Park, boasts superior ambulatory services, the world-renowned Davidson Surgery Center, McGee Medicine and Fertility Centers, Hagyard Laboratory, Hagyard Sports Medicine Center, and hyperbaric medicine facilities. For more information, visit www.hagyard.com.