Goooooood Morning from the Kentucky Horse Park!
The day dawns a bit chilly today with highs expected of 59F and rain forecast for much of the day. As severe weather and tornado warnings are expected this afternoon, the cross-country ride times have been moved to 9:45 a.m. and intervals between riders has been reduced from 5 minutes to 3. Expected finish time today is 1:30 pm.
There are many new jumps on the course this year, with many challenging questions that start right off with 4 abc (Market Moguls), 8, 9 ab (Park Questions), 13 abc / 14 (Rolex head of the Lake), 16 ab (Mounds – shown above), and 23 abc (Normandy Bank). For a video review of the Cross-Country course by USEF Eventing Developing Coach, Leslie Law, mouse on over to the United States Equestrian Federation’s Facebook page. ( (https://www.facebook.com/usequestrianfederation?fref=ts)
New Addition to Rolex
The inaugural RK-5K, The Twilight Race at Rolex was held last evening with a larger-than expected turn out of 450+ runners. All proceeds from the race go to Horses and Hope, the official charity of the 2015 Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event.
“The mission of Horses and Hope is to work alongside the state’s equine industry to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screenings and treatment referrals. Since the program was founded in 2008, Horses and Hope has reached nearly 1 million race track and horse show attendees, and educated nearly 16,000 equine employees. The program has screened close to 700 workers and detected breast cancer in three individuals who have all received treatement.” (Rolex Official Program excerpt). More information on this charity can be found at www.horsesandhope.org