Top international eventing riders are starting to make their way to Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CIC4* presented by Land Rover, to be held on April 28- May 1, 2016. The premier eventing showcase, held every year in the Bluegrass State, features the horse and rider combinations that are vying for an opportunity to win a piece of the competition’s $350,000 prize and for a chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held this summer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
This year, Neue Schule Bits, the Official Bit of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), has three Ambassadors competing for the win at Rolex— Bruce ‘Buck’ Davidson Jr., Kim Severson, and Allison Springer.
Buck Davidson, the alternate for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, has three horses that have been named to the accepted list to compete at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event— Copper Beach, Petite Flower, and Park Trader. Copper Beach, a 2006 Irish Sport horse that is owned by Carl Segal and Sherri Martin; Petite Flower, a 2002 Thoroughbred mare owned by Caroline and Sherri Martin; and Park Trader, a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding owned by Cassandra and Carl Segal; have all ridden to high placings with Davidson in eventing competitions throughout the years.
Buck Davidson runs a training and competition facility during the winters in Ocala, Florida, and in the summers in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania. Some of his many accomplishments include being the #1 Ranked Eventing Rider in the United States in 2011, competing in the Pan American Games in 2011, and being the #2 Ranked Eventing Rider in the United States in 2010 and 2009.
Kim Severson has won the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event three times with Winsom Adante, and has competed internationally on Olympic teams and at the World Equestrian Games. Severson is making the trek this year from her home in Troy, Virginia to the Kentucky Horse Park with her own Fernhill Fearless, a 16-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding.
Allison Springer, who hails from Upperville, Virginia, is bringing 17-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding, Arthur, owned by the Arthur Syndicate, to Rolex for the fifth time. The pair, who has had a successful partnership since 2007, has competed around the world and recently won the 2016 Carolina Horse Trials CIC3* Advanced out of a tough field of 70 competitors.
The Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event CIC4* presented by Land Rover will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from April 28- May 1. The premier U.S. Eventing competition features exciting phases of cross-country, show jumping, and dressage.
The revolutionary bit manufacturer Neue Schule is proud to sponsor such successful competitors as Davidson, Severson, and Springer at this outstanding event. When riders and horses communicate effectively, the results speak for themselves. Neue Schule bits are the perfect tool to reach that ideal communication between horse and rider. Neue Schule offers a wide range of high-performance, comfortable bits that are ergonomically designed, using the latest in engineering and computer aided design (CAD) technologies and incorporating the finest materials, including the patented, Salox Gold®, which is specially formulated to promote acceptance through comfort and warmth.
Neue Schule has made it easier for all riders to select the perfect bit by offering extensive bit education, including the Neue Schule Bit Academy, which can be found online at www.nsbits.com/academy.
For more information on Neue Schule products and the Neue Schule Ambassadors, visit www.BitByBitUSA.com.
Photo: Neue Schule Ambassador, Bruce “Buck” Davidson Jr, will be competing at the 2016 Rolex Three Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky (photo courtesy of Mike McNally)