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The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event kicks of at the Kentucky Horse Park

After the first half of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Will Faudree aboard Pawlow.
After the first half of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Will Faudree aboard Pawlow.Diana De Rosa Photo

The 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has kicked off at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington with the first of two days of dressage. Saturday showcases the Cross-Country phase and Sunday concludes with the show jumping.

Will Faudree, Michael Pollard and Doug Payne are the top placers after first half of dressage.
Will Faudree, Michael Pollard and Doug Payne are the top placers after first half of dressage.Diana De Rosa Photo

After the first half of the dressage riders have gone leading the way is Michael Pollard on Mensa G with a score of 49.5 followed by Will Faudree on Pawlow (49.8). In third was Doug Payne on Crown Talisman (51.2). With one more day of dressage to go those positions could change and when the cross-country takes place on Saturday it’s almost a given that the order will be very similar to musical chairs (but in this case musical horses).

While the competition is indeed the key element to this annual event which was inspired after the 1978 World Championships, there’s lots more featured at this venue.

In fact, the trade fair is also a huge attraction as is the array of fast foods. By the time you have finished wandering around the trade fair you will have tested a few snacks along the way, tried some really nice hand cream, had a foot and butt shake and probably have emptied out your wallet. There is so much here at one location from companies across the nation that it’s hard to resist all that is available.

And the food is another draw with all kinds of enticements from pretzels and ice cream to funnel cake. There’s also lots of basic foods like pasta, steak, corn and chicken.

In between there are autographing sessions and courses to walk in preparation for Saturday.

So stay with this column for the next four days as the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event unfolds. For results and more information visit the web site at www.rk3de.org.