Margaret Campbell attended the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** last week for the first time, assisting a friend who was a vendor. She started to take photos of dogs who passed by the booth where she worked. “In short order I actually started talking to the owner, taking down the dog’s name and some information,” Campbell said.
They say you never know if your horse is a four-star horse or if you’re a four-star rider until you’ve cantered through the finish flags on the final day. We asked a number of four-star first-timers from the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** over the weekend what it felt like to achieve that monumental goal.
Forty-two horses presented at the final horse inspection on a chilly Sunday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park, and of those, 41 will go on to show jumping.
There was a bit of drama early on amongst the international group when two British horses were held—William Fox-Pitt’s Bay My Hero (sitting fourth after cross-country) and Nicola Wilson’s Annie Clover (10th after cross-country). Both horses were pass upon re-inspection. Their teammate Francis Whittington didn’t present Easy Target.
There are two ways to get to ride around the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** course. There’s the hard way, where you become an extraordinary horseman by putting your blood, sweat and tears into learning the sport for a decade or three, then carefully find, train and manage an amazing horse.