Lexington, KY
Apr 28, 2011

Hello to everyone from a very soggy Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.  After months of holding my tongue and referring to the end of April as the “R” word, I will now come out with it… I’m going to Rolex!  Of course that’s easy to say when we’ve been here for 3 days and have already passed the horse inspection.  Finian is fit and fresh, relatively under control, and stealing the show everywhere he goes.  Hopefully the atmosphere in the big stadium will not affect us too badly and we can produce a dressage test that will live up to his abilities.  As for the cross country, one can only pray that it stops raining, and the ground miraculously starts to dry out.  Derek’s new course looks really great, but at present, there is standing water and flowing streams through most of the 3 miles of course.  Parts of the footing seem good, and most of it seems alright, until you look where a car has driven, or even where people have been walking, and you see how quickly the soft turf turns into bottomless mud.  As the 32nd horse to leave the box, I’m pretty sure there won’t be any turf left for us.  I’m taking things one day at a time, and right now, that means going to bed and dreaming about circles and centerlines.  Lots more news to come.