If you are either a Rolex newbie or veteran, you will still be astonished at the great melting pot of horsedom about to take shape at the end of April in Bluegrass country. Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is held rain or shine, April 24-27, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. One of only a few four-star events in the world, Rolex is the “fan cave” of eventing with non-stop action and all the top riders, including some from Europe and beyond.
Here, in no real order, is a whole bunch of interesting stuff you may want to see and do at Rolex!
Entry list: (this changes right up and through dressage so check it frequently.)
Schedule and information:
The Chronicle of the Horse has its annual Rolex Preview issue out already. This is famous for Jim Wofford’s handicap of all the entered riders and horses and he usually picks a “Who-Dat” award (for the best first-timer) as well as predicts top ten finishers. It’s always interesting to see who might be a winner and when it is all over, who actually wins! The last time I went, the copies were given out as you entered the gates each day with tickets but not sure if they will be doing that this year. Don’t forget to pick up a “day sheet” as you enter, because those will have the order of go on them. Also something from years past so not sure they will provide them this year. Get a program. They will have special autograph-ready pages in them!
FEI 4-star dressage test here: (printable pdf download)
Here’s a video showing you “behind the scenes” the day before dressage begins
Smartpak Equine sponsors a course walk, either Thursday or Friday. You have to sign up with an email to get notice. Email at CourseWalk@SmartPak.com. The first 500 registrants to visit the SmartPak Booth the morning of the walk will receive a complimentary gift.
Flair Strips again sponsoring a course walk, scheduled for Friday, Apr. 25, 30 minutes after the last dressage test, meet at the Start Box. Featured riders Buck Davidson, Hawley Bennett and led by legendary Ralph Hill.
Young Riders are invited to attend a special course walk scheduled for 4:15 Friday afternoon, sponsored by Area VIII. Several riders are lined up to give the walk.
HJU Meetup – FRIDAY 11:45-1:00pm
We’re on Facebook and we’d also like to welcome you in person! Just show up! Meet the HJU bloggers at the ECOGOLD booth in the trade fair — 12 noon Fri., is the Official Meet Up and on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be drifting in and out — check the sign up board for times we will be in the booth. Also don’t forget the most important reason for the Ecogold booth — the fabulous, award-winning saddle pads! Ecogold sponsors a lot of the most popular four star riders so if you hang out a little who knows whose autograph you might get! (wink, hint, wink)
Do you enjoy the COTH bulletin board? They usually have a meetup during Rolex, check the eventing board for details on the annual Rolex thread.
Elisa Wallace is bringing her mustang demonstration to RK3DE! You can see her and her mustangs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24, 25, 26. She is bringing Fledge and Rune. www.wallaceeventing.com, facebook/wallaceeventing
Just for adults – Maker’s Mark famous Kentucky bourbon tastings! buy tickets for $20, pick up at will-call on grounds. Tastings are scheduled and you must have tickets.
Just beautiful art! Tired of the shop til you drop stuff? Take a deep breath and slow down, and enjoy some artwork which is also wearable high quality clothing. My friend, neighbor, and great horsewoman Becky Raubacher will have her booth again this year, Animals to Wear. Stop in and say hi and tell her HJU sent you!
4;30 pm Antares booth – autographed hat, Phillip Dutton – FRIDAY
Cosequin Equine will be giving out buckets and … BANDANAS! Be sure to stop by their booth to get yours!
Rolex…where you get to meet top riders
Cross country day:
Meet Pat Dale of Three Plain Bays horse sales on Saturday, cross-country day, at Tailgate spot T101, she says to stop by and talk “OTTB”!
Off grounds things:
Friday night: 15 miles from KHP
The event will run from 5:30pm to 9pm and will include a southern style dinner and cash bar. Tickets are available for purchase online at http://thoroughbredsforall.eventbrite.com for $35 each. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project; both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations. New Vocation’s Lexington facility, West Wind Farms, is 15 minutes from the horse park.
Take Thoroughbred horse farm tours, there is a large training center that gives tours (most of these start in the mornings during the week) and lastly, check out Keeneland Racecourse by Friday, which is the last day of racing there. They race an afternoon card so you’ll have to miss dressage! www.visitlex.com has links to lots of places you can see but do arrange your spaces early, during Rolex week most of the tours are full.
Rood & Riddle Veterinary Complex across the street from the Horse Park also has tours but it fills fast, looks like Wednesday and Friday — check the website www.roodandriddle.com)
And it’s not off the park grounds but it is separate from the competition, the International Museum of the Horse. Admission for adults is $20 but it’s worth the time to see the incredible collections and all things related to horses. Children are discounted from the adult admission price and it is handicapped accessible. Open certain hours, see the website www.imh.org
Tips from the FB page…shop early and take it back to the car, so you don’t have to drag it around all day….order custom things early in the week so it’s ready when you are leaving on Sunday….don’t miss the jogs….pack a lunch for XC day, you never have enough time to go back for something to eat….waterproof your shoes…dress in layers……..if you want to see the Head of the Lake, get there early for a spot (gates open 7 am cross country morning)….get in line early to get autographs….watch the warmup rings….
USEF Network will be live streaming throughout the competition – dressage, cross-country, and stadium http://www.usefnetwork.com/coverage/guide.aspx
Get pumped watching this amazing ride from last year’s winners, Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo!
FEI will offer Saturday and Sunday coverage to those outside the U.S. at www.feitv.org
Lastly…if you cannot go this year, well, you are again in luck – The NBC broadcast of RK3DE is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 4th!
Most of all…. have fun!!