Take a sneak peak at who is already preparing for the trip to Rolex Kentucky this year. Whether it is their first time to Rolex Kentucky or not, each tale is unique and inspiring to follow. Read more about your favorite horse and rider in this week’s featured riders installment!
Jennie Brannigan – Cambalda
I’m sure most people can recount their first Rolex visit. For me it was in 2003, when the torrential rain flooded the course. I was 14, I believe, and I was quite fortunate to be Allison Springer’s first working student at the time.
I’ll tell you that the one real thing I remember now, 11 years later, about that weekend was watching eventing legend…
Will Coleman – Twizzel
When I was asked to write one of the featured riders’ pieces for this year’s Rolex Kentucky, I was a bit surprised to be honest, for I feel like my story is a bit recycled. Once again, my lone chance for a ride around the cross-country in Lexington will be a 17-year-old, half-bred gelding named Twizzel, the same horse I have brought there for the past three years. While we have enjoyed some success there and elsewhere, Twizzel’s career has been riddled with some tough episodes…
Sinead Halpin – Manoir De Carneville
On the side of a long stretch of highway there is a sign that makes children and riders of all levels press their face hard against the window glass looking for the slight swish of a horses tail or a massive oak table jumped by the legends of the sport of Eventing, that sign says four words… “The Kentucky Horse Park”.
I was one of those little girls…
Featured Owner: Stephen Blauner – Neville Bardos & Trading Aces
The notion that you could just “find” a horse that would, in two years’ time, get to the Olympics seemed pretty far-fetched to me – I haven’t been able to find that elusive horse to take me from Training to Preliminary! But I had ridden in several clinics given by Boyd in the Millbrook, NY area, where I spend weekends, and gotten to know the man a little. Definitely talented. And while I don’t go to a ton of upper level events to watch, I have been a loyal Rolex fan…
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