Rolex Three-Day Event attracts volunteers nationwide

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event attracts more than the world's best horses and riders. North America's only four-star competition out of a total of four competitions worldwide, April 26-29 at Lexington Horse Park, attracts more than 2,000 volunteers from all over the United States. Volunteers from Utah, California and Texas, to Ohio and New Hampshire come to work the event!The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event attracts more than the world's best horses and riders. North America's only four-star competition out of a total of four competitions worldwide, April 26-29 at Lexington Horse Park, attracts more than 2,000 volunteers from all over the United States. Volunteers from Utah, California and Texas, to Ohio and New Hampshire come to work the event!

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The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event attracts more than the world’s best horses and riders. North America’s only four-star competition out of a total of four competitions worldwide, April 26-29 at Lexington Horse Park, attracts more than 2,000 volunteers from all over the United States. Volunteers from Utah, California and Texas, to Ohio and New Hampshire come to work the event!

Karen Kallmeyer, Kentucky native and chief steward for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, is responsible for finding volunteers for crowd control, crossover gates and mandatory flags. Kallmeyer, a Rolex Kentucky Three-Day volunteer since its inception, has been recruiting people from year to year ever since. "Often times colleges supply volunteers. Recruiting comes from a combination of word of mouth to people contacting the Equestrian Events, Inc. office," she explained.

"There’s a celebrity aspect of the competition, an Olympic quality that comes with it," Kallmeyer said. "Many people enjoy that feeling of being needed, and volunteers are definitely needed!"

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will host a record international field of competitors including members of the 2000 Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal teams. Australian Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton will lead the slate of Rolex Kentucky entries. Ian Stark, a 2000 Olympic team Silver Medalist from Great Britain, who also finished 10th individually, will challenge for the Rolex crown as will U.S. Olympic team Bronze Medalists David O’Connor, Nina Fout and Linden Wiesman. O’Connor, a seasoned Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event competitor, is expected to be a crowd favorite after winning the individual Gold Medal during the 2000 Sydney Olympics with the best score in Olympic history.

All potential volunteers who are at least 16 years old are eligible to apply, whether they are equestrians or not, volunteering is open to just about anyone who has an interest. When screening volunteers, organizers look for people who are responsible and alert. This is a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their teens!

Volunteers will receive an official four-day free admission pass, a $7 lunch ticket for each day they volunteer, a commemorative cup and pin, an official volunteer T-shirt, which is exclusive to volunteers, and admission to the after event party which includes complimentary food and a limited number of vouchers for beverages.

"The crossover gates are in the heart of action during the cross-country phase of the Event," said Kallmeyer. This is where the galloping lanes cross the road, so the volunteers at the crossover gates are responsible for stopping traffic for the oncoming horses and riders.

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is growing in popularity due to the success of the United States 2000 Sydney Olympic team. With O’Connor’s Gold Medal winning performance, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is expected to draw even larger crowds this year than the 80,000 plus spectators it drew in 2000.

The sport of eventing evolved from cavalry competitions around the world used to test the training and fitness of cavalry mounts. The competition consists of three distinct elements: dressage, cross-country and show jumping. The horse-and-rider combination with the lowest overall score from the three tests is the winner.

For more information on volunteering, contact Equine Events, Inc. at (859) 233-2362 or Karen Kallmeyer at (859) 371-9606.