Equestrian fans look forward to American dressage champion at the Kentucky Cup Dressage Test Event

Michelle Gibson’s performance will be keenly awaited by equestrian sport fans to see if she can create the same magic at the Rolex sponsored dressage event at Kentucky

Online PR News – 16-April-2010 – – The Rolex sponsored Kentucky Cup Dressage Test Event is one Dressage event to look forward to this season. The top end dressage event is in preparation for the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games which is slated to take place from 25th September to 10th October 2010, at Kentucky Horse Park. The spectacular event of Kentucky Dressage Cup will coincide with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event scheduled to hit the grounds from April 19 to April 22.
The highly awaited dressage event will see the participation of champion riders and horses and attract a huge fan following from across the world. This year the competition will be held between the participants from eight nations. The long list of champions includes American rider Michelle Gibson who mounted the highest score in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with 75.20%. With this she gave a reason to every American dressage fan to celebrate. This score was also the highest score ever awarded an American in the Olympics for which she earned a bronze medal.
Apart from this, Michelle Gibson has also erected the highest scores as an American Individual Dressage with 74.28 % in the Grand Prix Special, 75.20 in the Grand Prix and 73.35 in the Freestyle. She has also had the honor of becoming the lone American dressage champion to be awarded with the Germany’s top honor Reiterabzeichan, also known as the Golden Rider Award. This year in the Kentucky Dressage Test Event Michelle Gibson will be seen competing together with her horse Don Angelo.
Apart from Michelle Gibson the list of champions participating in the event includes the Olympic veteran rider Ashley Holzer and Oded Shimoni who is the first Israeli rider to be competing in the World Equestrian Games. In addition, other big names from USA are Melissa Taylor with her gelding called Schumacker Solyst, Shawna Harding with Come On III and Pierre St Jacques with horse Lucky Tiger.
The three-day Rolex sponsored Kentucky Cup Dressage Test Event incorporates the Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Freestyle and the Grand Prix Special all of which are events of international repute. The Grand Prix Freestyle is one exciting event wherein the rider and the horse are given specific music and are properly choreographed which includes certain compulsory movements.
The Kentucky Cup Dressage Test event will mark the beginning of the week of official test events. Starting from Tuesday, April 20 when the Dressage Grand Prix will take place at 9 am, the event will then witness the Grand Prix Special event on Wednesday, April 21 at 10:00 am and will conclude with the Dressage Freestyle on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 pm. All of these events are scheduled to take place in the outdoor stadium. The events are all ticketed ones, prices starting at $15.
The event is in preparation for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games which are the priced championships of the 8 equestrian fields all of which have been recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). These games are going to be held for the first time in the United States.

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