Many of the riders currently competing there speak of coming to Rolex years ago and secretly deciding, "Some day I'm going to ride at Rolex." I mentioned that every CCI**** has its own feel; the character of Rolex is the Horse Park itself, with lovely green fields of Kentucky bluegrass and mature oaks.
The KHP terrain has just enough rise and fall to enable cross-country course designers to make things interesting.
The Kentucky Horse Park, site of the annual Rolex event in April, has a priceless attribute: room for crowds of people to move around and enjoy the cross-country course.
Badminton: First Among Equals The next event on my list is the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials? This is the oldest of the four stars and to ride there is every eventer's dream.
The event is held on the Duke of Beaufort's Gloucestershire estate with Badminton House, originating from the 17th century, as a majestic backdrop.
Over the past year I've attended four of the five, and I'd like to give you my perspective on them.
I was training horses competing at each, so I had the unusual vantage of seeing things going on behind the scenes yet enjoying the spectacles as they unfolded for the public.
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