20 Horses Ready To Start Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup

Lexington, KY—April 26— The ground jury accepted all 20 horses presented this afternoon for the second annual Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, a competition added to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event schedule following reining’s popularity at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park.

A separate panel of judges awarded Ariat prizes for the best-dressed man and the best-dressed woman at the first horse inspection.

Mandy McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, won the women’s category.

Casey Hinton, of Whitesboro, Texas, won the men’s category.

Friday night features the three-star reining event, and Saturday night features the fun-filled World Freestyle Championship. That competition will include freestyle rides by Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event winners Karen and David O’Connor, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Gina Miles, and former jockey Chris McCarron.

Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup tickets are just $18 per person for Friday’s $100,000 CRI3* with Lyle Lovett and $25 per person for Saturday’s World Championship Freestyle with the celebrity field.  Tickets may be ordered on line or by phone and will be held at the Will Call window for pick-up at the event.  Hospitality options, including the use of luxury suites in the Alltech Arena for both nights of competition, are also available.

Celebrities Join Freestyle Field for Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup

Jockey Chris McCarron, Olympic Eventers Gina Miles, David and Karen O’Connor to Take On World’s Best in Saturday’s World Championship Freestyle Country Music Legend Lyle Lovett Entered to Compete on Friday

Lexington, KY –  April 20, 2012 – Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron and Olympic Eventing riders Gina Miles, David and Karen O’Connor will compete with some of the world’s leading Reining riders in the $25,000 World Championship Freestyle Reining at the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup.
The Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup (AKRC) is held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, which runs April 26-29 the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  The AKRC features the $100,000 Concour de Reining International on Friday, April 27 at 6:00 pm, along with the popular $25,000 World Championship Freestyle Reining on Saturday, April 28 at 5:30 pm.
Tom McCutcheon, Craig Schmersal, Tim McQuay and Shawn Flarida, the four riders who won the team Gold Medal for the United States at the 2010 Reining World Championships, head an impressive list of Reining riders entered to compete.  Four-time Grammy Award winner and country music legend Lyle Lovett will compete with them in the $100,000 Concour de Reining International on Friday.
Competing with them in Saturday’s Freestyle will be Chris McCarron, the two-time Eclipse Award winner who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1989, along with Gina Miles, individual Silver Medalist in Eventing at the 2008 Olympic Games, David O’Connor, individual Gold Medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games, and Karen O’Connor, 1996 Olympic Silver and 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist.
Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup tickets are just $18 per person for Friday’s $100,000 CRI3* with Lyle Lovett and $25 per person for Saturday’s World Championship Freestyle with the celebrity field.  Tickets may be ordered on line or by phone and will be held at the Will Call window for pick-up at the event.  Hospitality options, including the use of luxury suites in the Alltech Arena for both nights of competition, are also available.

World Champion Gold Medalists Head Entries in Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup

Country Music Legend Lyle Lovett Also Entered to Compete

Tom McCutcheon, Craig Schmersal, Tim McQuay and Shawn Flarida, the four riders who won the team Gold Medal for the United States at the 2010 Reining World Championships, head an impressive list of entries in the second annual Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup, April 27-28 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

The Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup (AKRC) is held during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, which runs April 26-29.  The AKRC features the $100,000 Concour de Reining International, the only Three Star Reining competition currently scheduled in the United States for 2012, along with the popular $25,000 World Championship Freestyle Reining.

Competing along with the four World Champions will be four-time Grammy Award winner and country music legend Lyle Lovett, as well as Lisa Coulter, Canada’s top ranked Reining rider, Shane Brown, winner of last year’s $25,000 World Freestyle Championship, and local star Lyndsey Jordan of Georgetown, Kentucky, a two-time National Reining Horse World Champion.

“The line-up of riders in this year’s Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup features the best our sport has to offer,” said Brad Ettleman, AKRC show manager.  “Friday’s CRI3* will feature Reining’s highest level of competition and the Freestyle on Saturday, like last year, is guaranteed to be a show that people will talk about all year long!”

The full list of entries includes:

  •  Shane Brown
  • Lisa Coulter
  • Rocky Dare
  • Trevor Dare
  • Shawn Flarida
  • Polly Hilliard
  • Drake Johnson
  • Heather Johnson
  • Lyndsey Jordan
  • Kim Krupper
  • Pete Kyle
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Mandy McCutcheon
  • Tom McCutecheon
  • Tim McQuay
  • Randy Paul
  • Marco Riccota
  • Sam Schaffhauser
  • Craig Schmersal
  • Sam Smith
  • Laura Sumrall
  • Robert N. Thompson
  • Jose Vasquez
  • Stacey Westfall

Lovett’s participation adds to a musical theme for the weekend.  Much like the Freestyle performances in figure skating, the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup’s $25,000 World Championship Freestyle features top Reiners riding choreographed programs set to music.  Additionally, the famed Country music group Exile will perform as part of a free two-hour concert on Saturday, April 28 from 3:30–5:30 pm.  The show will be free to anyone holding a ticket to either the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event’s Cross-Country competition, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, or the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup’s World Freestyle Championship, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup tickets are just $18 per person for Friday’s $100,000 CRI3* with Lyle Lovett and $25 per person for Saturday’s World Championship Freestyle.  Tickets may be ordered on line or by phone and will be held at the Will Call window for pick-up at the event.  Hospitality options, including the use of luxury suites in the Alltech Arena for both nights of competition, are also available.

Record Number of Entries Set to Compete in Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

World’s Best Horses and Riders Coming to Kentucky for America’s Only Four Star Event

A record 73 horses are entered to compete in this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Bridgestone, which returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, April 26-29.

An international field of past Rolex Kentucky champions and Olympic veterans includes some of the sport’s biggest names from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

The 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the Western Hemisphere’s only Four Star Three-Day Event, features the 15th Rolex USEF Four Star Championship for the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation Pinnacle Cup. The Event is part of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM and features the world’s best horses and riders vying for their share of $250,000 in prize money as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing which is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Four Star Events in succession.

This year’s Event also features selection trials to choose the U.S. Eventing team for the 2012 London Olympic Games assuring that the nation’s top horses and riders will be at their best as they compete for places on the team for this summer’s Olympics.

“The line-up of riders and horses entered in this year’s event is truly amazing,” said Christina Gray, Director of Competition for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. “Adding to the record field of U.S. entries, we also have a record number of entries from overseas including some of our sport’s legendary names. Anyone who follows the sport of Eventing will want to be on hand this year for what promises to be the most exciting Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event ever!”

The Event draws 50-100,000 spectators and is seen by millions more on worldwide telecasts including a 60-minute live broadcast on NBC in the United States that will air on Sunday, April 29 from 2:00-3:00 pm EDT.

Olympic veterans and past winners of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event expected to compete this year include:
• Stephen Bradley of the United States, a 1992 Olympic veteran and 1996 Rolex Kentucky CCI3* champion
• Phillip Dutton of the United States, a three-time Olympic veteran with two team Gold medals (1996 and 2000) for his native Australia and 2008 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* champion
• William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain, a three-time Olympic veteran with team Silver (2004) and Bronze (2008) medals and 2010 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* champion
• Clayton Fredericks of Australia, a 2008 Olympic team Silver medalist and 2007 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* champion
• Becky Holder of the United States, a 2008 Olympic veteran
• Andrew Hoy of Australia, a six-time Olympic veteran with an individual Silver (2000) and three team Gold (1992, 1996, 2000) medals and 2006 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* champion
• Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand, a six-time Olympic veteran with team Silver (1992) and Bronze (1996) medals
• Karen O’Connor of the United States, a three-time Olympic veteran with team Silver (1996) and Bronze (2000) medals, 1999 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* champion and two-time Rolex Kentucky CCI3* champion (1991 and 1997)

In addition to these Olympic veterans and past Rolex Kentucky champions, many more of the sport’s leading riders from the U.S. and abroad are entered to compete. The full list of entries is available on line at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event website at http://www.rk3de.org/entry_list.php.

Also attracting an impressive field of entries is the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup which returns for its second year, April 27-28. The Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup is the only Three Star Reining competition currently scheduled in the U.S. in 2012 and it is expected to draw horses and riders from around the globe, vying for their share of $100,000 in prize money in the CRI3*, along with the popular $25,000 World Freestyle Championship.
Among those entered to compete are:
• Tim McQuay of the United States, a two-time veteran of the FEI World Equestrian Games with an individual Silver (2006) and two team Gold (2006 and 2010) medals
• Lisa Coulter of Canada, a veteran of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games
• Lyle Lovett of the United States, four-time Grammy Award winner, country music legend and veteran of the 2011 Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup CRI5*
In addition to the world-class competition, Rolex Kentucky also features world-class shopping at the Sponsor Village and Trade Fair. With more than 175 merchants selling everything from horse-related items to clothing, accessories, jewelry and art, this is always a favorite place for browsing and buying during the Event!

Additionally, the famed Country music group Exile will perform as part of a free two-hour concert on Saturday, April 28 from 3:30–5:30 pm. The show will be free to anyone holding a ticket to either the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event’s Cross-Country competition, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, or the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup’s World Freestyle Championship, 5:30-7:30 pm