What is the Rolex KY 3 Day Event? It's a 4-star 3 day event (the highest level of Eventing and the only 4-star held in the US). It's an international level competition and often times part of the Olympic selections. I'll summarize it in my next post when I share some competition photos. First I wanted to share some personal pics of my adventures first.
First up was dinner the first night. We went to Windy Corner Market. I had this gigantic po-boy called the "Kentucky Boy". . . .Pulled pork in Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, crispy fried pickles, Bourbon Barrel beer cheese, red onion, shredded lettuce and our Special Sauce.
Our group of 7 people divide the 2 days of dressage into shifts. My friend Kristi and I had the Thurs afternoon shift. So on Thurs morning we hit the trade fair and shopped. Gotta get the good deals and the sizes you want before the crowd arrives. There are significantly less people there on Thurs than the rest of the weekend.
The first place we hit is our favorite booth - Animals to Wear. This place is expensive, but they run a show special of buy 3 get one free. Kristi and I split that - we pick out 2 items each and split that discount for the free 4th item. This year and last our items have all been the same price so it's just divide by 2 and we are good to go! Most of the clothing is Kerrits brand. I have a love/hate relationship with it. The sizing is hard. Which is why we go here first, but I also wish they'd offer other brands. Specifically Under Armour and stuff that is more sized for the average person and potentially that holds up better too.
I bought this purple ( yes it looks black) light weight vest and this pink/orange colored technical fabric shirt. Here are the backs. . .
I love the backs. So fun to wear!!!!
I bought too much stuff so I won't bore you with the details.
Thursday afternoon we shot our dressage session. We had 13 horses. The morning shift was much longer so we got the better deal this year!
Did I mention how few people are there on Thursday? You can see the empty stands. Those get more packed as the weekend goes on.
Friday we didn't have to shoot, but we did get invited to an Absorbine press gig - they gave us appetizers and drinks. . . . and told us all about their new fly mask, which seems super cool. And we got a free one!
Saturday night we got media passes for the Hunter Hayes and Friends concert. . .
This was the first time I've had a press credential for a concert. It was so fancy!
You can see how close we were. That speaker was right next to the stage. We had to wear ear plugs.
I'm not a huge Hunter Hayes fan, so we didn't stay for long. . .
What would a concert in a horse arena be without a horse?
Sunday was Stadium Jumping and I got rained on again. I had a new cover for my camera and I don't like it. It wasn't really meant for my camera, but the plastic window is shaped funny and I'm not sure I get what camera is shaped like that.
My friend bought a spirit horse while we were shopping - to hand from her rear view mirror. Sunday morning when we got in our cars to drive to the park one last time I said "I want a spirit horse!" So I got one. . .