One of the great things about being Eventing Nation’s sister site is that when it comes to Rolex, we are totally hooked in. We’ll be working in tandem with EN for the rest of the week to ensure that you have an all-access pass to important info, breaking news and, of course, ridiculous commentary.
We’ve also got a few guest on-the-scene bloggers of our own, including junior reporters Emily Kelly and McKenna Oxenden, and I’ll be in Kentucky this weekend as well. Please remember that Horse Nation has an open door policy–we always welcome reader submissions and photos, so send ’em my way! [email protected]
We’ll let EN’s Annie Yeager kick things off with her intro to the event. From Annie:
Well, I’m sure you all know just as well as I do what day it is. It’s the start of the 2012 Rolex Kentucky 3 Day! Well of course being Wednesday, the only Rolex action planned for today is the First Horse Inspection and then the annual cocktail party/gathering where the first Rolex watch of the weekend will be awarded to one lucky competitor tonight. The whole EN crew is coming out for Rolex this weekend, so we should have some really excellent event coverage over these next four days. I can never tell whether John enjoys or despises covering Rolex every year, I mean I guess if you enjoy running on eighteen hour days, very little sleep, and participating in wild goose chases around the Kentucky Horse Park for any number of reasons, than reporting on this event is for you. But I’m sure between the chaos and exhaustion, they will all find some time to enjoy themselves this weekend!
I’m sure this schedule will be posted many more times over the course of this week, but here is the official schedule for all things Rolex. It’s sure to be a great weekend of competition, but it’s not looking like it will be a very sunny one with a chance of rain and thunderstorms every day for the rest of this week. Oh well, we’re die hard eventers after all and a little rain never killed anyone!
Cross-Country Course Open
Wednesday, April 25, 1:00 p.m.
(Course open to the public as of this date must stay off track of course)
First Horse Inspection– Wednesday, April 25, 3:00 p.m.
Competitor Familiarization in Main Arena– Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 p.m.
Dressage: Thursday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 27, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cross-Country: Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Second Horse Inspection– Sunday, April 29, 8:30 a.m.
Jumping Course Walk: Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m.
Show Jumping: Sunday, April 29, 12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
The First Horse Inspection begins today at 3 pm, Samantha and John will both be there, Samantha I’m sure will be taking many stunning pictures and John will be giving his running commentary of the outfit choices, because if you didn’t already know he has a very developed sense of style between his trademark UVA sweatshirt and jeans.
Thanks, Annie, for the report.
Go Riding, and Go Rolex!