Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: South-Central PA
• Horses: 0
I'm going! I went last year for the first time. I think I'm skipping the first dressage day. Going part of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Both of the girls I'm going with this year also went last year with me (along with some others). All 3 of us were Will Coleman and Twizzel fans by the end of Rolex last year. Pretty horse and rider. Last I knew, Twizzel was entered for this year (he's an older competition horse and will probably retire soon), so hopefully they make it.
Last year on cross country day, we staked out bleacher seats for the head of the lake in the morning. Got there nice and early in the cold. I don't think we'll do that again this year. It's nice to walk around a bit to different jumps. The water jumps are interesting to watch. But there's plenty of other jumps to watch too. I recommend doing a course walk or two-where they have someone (generally a competitor or two) walk over the course and tell you about how they plan to aproach the jumps and can answer crowd questions. We did one with Phillip Dutton last year which was great. And then did part of Smartpak's one, but split off after a bit since it looked like they were going to go over the whole course, and we had other things to do. We got a bunch of free samples from the Smartpak one and a horse nasal strip thing from PD's one.
We also did a few thoroughbred farm tours while we were there. I loved those. I got to see some famous stallions and one of the farms was Claiborne, where Secretariet stood. So, we saw his grave and his old stall.
The horse park has other barns and activities away from the main vendor area and arena. They do a little show thing where they bring out some ex-racehorses (geldings or un-breedable for whatever reasons) that live on the grounds. Cigar and Funny Cide (loved him!) were both there. They have some sort of guided trail ride on the property. We actually found a trail riding group away from there somewhere that I think we're going to try and go do as a group thing this year (my little group of Rolex people is from another forum and we live quite far apart from eachother normally).
We went to Keeneland last year on Friday, which was the last day of racing for that meet. That was neat, and I think we're going again this year. They have a gift shop, and had some decent prices for souvenirs. The horse park's souvenirs are very expensive, FYI. So, I actually bought two shirts at Keeneland, and none at Rolex. I did get a glass cup at Rolex, to at least have some sort of Souvenir.
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