Last week I posted a video of the donkeys, Bing and Frankie bounding up and jumping off various hills around our property. The sentiment was that they were training for one of 3-Day Eventing's most prestigious competitions. To commemorate the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event taking place this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park, I dug out photos from 2007 when my friend, photographer Michele deCamp and I attended. We spent 4 days in Kentucky's bluegrass region touring the racehorse breeding facility at Three Chimneys Farm and watching Dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping at Rolex. Michele's pictures have provided a lasting memory from the trip. Enjoy!
Photos by Michele deCamp
|A visit to Three Chimneys Farm allowed us to meet the great Smarty Jones, up close.
|The next few images confirm the amazing efforts of Eventing's elite athletes.
|My idol, the gifted Mary King from Great Britain...
|...competed in 2007 on Appache Sauce.
|Afterward, Mary discussed her x-country round...
|...while keeping an eye on the recovery of her horse.
|Then she posed for a picture with her greatest fan. In 2011, Mary won Rolex with one horse and placed 2nd with another.
|It was a pleasure to watch mighty might, Theodore O'Connor, The Pony, compete at Rolex.
|Sadly, a year later, he was euthanized after a tragic accident.
|Photographer Michele deCamp and I wore our media credentials proudly!
|Can't wait to go back!