Dressage Day at Rolex

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Dressage Day at Rolex had us arriving at the park at 7:30 a.m., in the hope that the trade fair would be open before dressage started at 10. This is how the head of the lake looked at 7:30 in the morning on our walk in. How cool.

How the trade fair actually looks at 7:30 in the morning.

How the trade fair actually looks at 7:30 in the morning.

Not to worry, the bar is open at 7:30 a.m.  Go Kentucky Horse Park!  Big John fixed the wanna-be shoppers up with consolation bloody marys.

Not to worry, the bar is open at 7:30 a.m. Go Kentucky Horse Park! Big John fixed the wanna-be shoppers up with consolation bloody marys.

The trade fair opened at 9.   Anything you want is available at the trade fair, including these ridiculously adorable Pony Pals.  They are rideable!

The trade fair opened at 9. Anything you want is available at the trade fair, including these ridiculously adorable Pony Pals. They are rideable!

Mary King leaving the ring after a beautiful test.  Sally O'Connor said she had the best shoulder in of the event so far in the competition.

Mary King leaving the ring after a beautiful test. Sally O’Connor said she had the best shoulder in of the event so far in the competition.

I loved this horse's outline, though I don't remember who it was!

I loved this horse’s outline, though I don’t remember who it was!

Bit of Britain on site store.  Seriously excellent.  Scored 2 pairs of gloves, 2 saddle pads and more...

Bit of Britain on site store. Seriously excellent. Scored 2 pairs of gloves, 2 saddle pads and more…

William Fox-Pitt. What fun to watch him ride a dressage test. He and Mary King make it look joyful.

More WFP

More WFP

During a dressage break.  Had to do the Bruce Davidson statue picture.

During a dressage break. Had to do the Bruce Davidson statue picture.  With the Stones.

In the evening, we went to Thoroughbreds for All where hall of farm jockey Chris McCarron blithely rode a pretty fresh chestnut tb who was a little intimidated by the crowd.  He spoke while he did it.  He was wonderful!  We wished we could have stayed for the whole program, but we had dinner plans

In the evening, we went to Thoroughbreds for All where hall of farm jockey Chris McCarron blithely rode a pretty fresh chestnut tb who was a little intimidated by the crowd. He spoke while he did it. He was wonderful! We wished we could have stayed for the whole program, but we had dinner plans

...with the Boyle's.  These lovely people are Maddie and Lilly.  Ricky and Julie were busy inside so, sadly, I didn't get a decent picture of them as night was falling.

…with the Boyle’s. These lovely people are Maddie and Lilly. Ricky and Julie were busy inside so, sadly, I didn’t get a decent picture of them as night was falling.

This is our magic bus.  Can you see what is wrong with this picture?

This is our magic bus. Can you see what is wrong with this picture?

Could be the bottle of wine that determinedly stayed on the roof for the drive from the hotel, to Thoroughbreds for All and back to the Boyle campsite at Rolex.  Jay is a very smooth driver!

Could be the bottle of wine that determinedly stayed on the roof for the drive from the hotel, to Thoroughbreds for All and back to the Boyle campsite at Rolex. Jay is a very smooth driver!

Jeff and Margaret hanging out.  Ricky is grilling delicious things in the background.

Jeff, Jon and Margaret hanging out. Ricky is grilling delicious things in the background.

Jay relaxing.

Jay relaxing.

On to xc tomorrow!

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