The Rolex is the only **** 3 Day event in the Americas. It is part of the Grand Slam of eventing. The other two are Badminton Horse Trials in England the first weekend in May and the Burghley Horse Trials in England the first of September. The Grand Slam has only been won once, by Pippa Funnell of Great Britain (2003).
When we were here in early March, we were only able to see some of the jumps - I stood on a hill and photographed some of them from a distance.
Cross-Country Course Open
Wednesday, April 25, 1:00 p.m.
(Public may walk Cross-Country Course;
must stay off track of course)
Thursday & Friday, April 26 & 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Third Horse Inspection
Sunday, April 29, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 3:00 p.m.
SUBSCRIPTIONS AND TICKETS WILL BE MAILED BEGINNING MARCH 14, 2007.
ADVANCE TICKET SALES CLOSE MARCH 16, 2007.
TICKETS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
ALL GENERAL ADMISSION GRANDSTAND SEATING RESERVED IN 2007
In 2007, ALL General Admission grandstand seats will be reserved. There will be NO OPEN (FREE) SEATING OR STANDING AREAS.
For those who choose not to purchase a reserved grandstand seat for Dressage Thursday or Friday or for the Jumping Test Sunday, a large-screen television will broadcast the rides as they happen.
Covered Grandstand Seating
(Seating applies only Thu, Fri, Sun)
Four-Day Set (Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun):
All other tickets for covered seating are sold out.
Parking pass is $5 a day or $15 for three or four days
If you decide to go to the event you should know that a ticket holder agrees not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture or reproduction of this event in whole or in part. Breach of any of the foregoing automatically terminates this license.
This barn stables horses representing about 30 different breeds. At scheduled times, a selection are ridden into a ring so you can observe them more closely. Generally, they are tacked up in the typical gear that you would see them in.
After the show, they are stationed around the ring fence where you can give them a pat, chat with the riders and take photos.
This barn is where some very famous horses are living out their retirement years. John Henry, Western Dreamer and Gypsy Supreme to name a few. I think Cigar is there too.
At scheduled times, they bring these old boys up to a barn where you can see them up close and personal... and if you're lucky, you may even be able to pose for a picture with them.
When we walked in towards the Museum, we saw this display on Kentucky wall building
The Kentucky Horse Park is where the Rolex Three Day Event is held in the spring. Sometimes it is the Olympic Selection Trials. The second photo says that the Equestrian Games are going to be here in 2010.
I debated whether or not to call it Horse Riding (which is way tamer than what goes on in an event because it was a lower level event at which Christopher Reeves was paralyzed), or Extreme Sports.
The Pony Clubs (a horseback riding organization which allows people to ride horses also) sometimes have their championships here. The team from our club came here one year and we won the championship over 20 other teams from all over the US.
Equipment: For championship and three day events, you bring your own horse and tack.
The Kentucky Horse Park has a bronze sculpture of Man O War (one of the most famous horses in the world) near the entrance to the park. He is buried here, alongside the Triple Crown winner War Admiral (his son). The African American jockey, Isaac Burns Murphy, is also buried nearby. Man O'War won 20 of 21 races lifetime, and is considered by many to be the greatest thoroughbred of the 20th century
The park website says:
Man o' War was one of 1,680 Thoroughbreds foaled in 1917. .. Man o' War's sire was Fair Play, by Hastings, both of whom were mean and temperamental, but excellent weight carriers. To provide balance to Fair Play's temper, Belmont bred him to Mahubah, by Rock Sand who had won the British Triple Crown. Her ancestors were even tempered and intelligent.
He was named by Mrs. Belmont, "My Man o' War" because he was a war baby. But when August Belmont was serving in the Army in 1918, he ordered his entire crop of yearlings sold at Saratoga, so he did not profit from his breeding success.
On June 6, 1919, ridden by Johnny Loftus, Man o' War won his first race by six lengths, crossing the finish line at a canter. He showed his desire to be a front runner and never liked to have any other horse in front of him. Legend has it that upon seeing him in action, a spectator asked a groom, "Who's he by?" The reply was "He's by hisself, and there ain't nobody gonna get near him." He ran only in expensive stake races for the remainder of his career. As his wins built up, so did the weight he was required to carry. By his fourth race, Man o' War was carrying 130 pounds, a very great weight for a two-year-old.
The statue originally stood over his grave on the grounds of Faraway Farm, where he died in 1948. Both his grave and the statue were moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1977.
Fondest memory: The plaque nearby (photo 4) says:
MAN o' WAR
Fair Play-Mahubah, by Rock Sand
Greatest race horse and leading money winner of his day. Winner of twenty of twenty-one starts with lifetime earnings of $249,465. Foaled March 29 1917 at August Belmont's Nursery Stud a few miles away. Sold at auction as yearling for $5000 to Samuel D. Riddle, his owner throughout his racing career and later retirement. "Big Red" sired 62 stakes winners; his get earning over $3.5 million. War Admiral, Triple Crown winner was most famous of his offspring. Man o' War died Nov. 1, 1947; lies buried between this statue by noted scupltor Herbert Haseltine.
On the other side:
RACES WON BY MAN o' WAR
2 Year Old, 1919
Grand Union Hotel
Purse Race at Belmont
Won all entered as 2 year old except second in Sanford Memorial
3 YEAR OLD, 1920
Kenilworth Gold Cup
Won all entered as 3 year old, eight in record time.
Plaque presented by The Thoroughbred Club of America