Here I am pictured with the very tall and gracious winner, William Fox-Pitt, and my friends Andrea Baxter of Twin Rivers Ranch, and Lauren Whitlock of Reality Hill Eventing.
I recently had the great fortune of going to the Rolex Four Star Event in Lexington, Kentucky this past weekend to see the best in the world duke it out for the top prize and honor of winning the most prestigious event in the United States. Even after all of the hype, I was not disappointed as I arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park and it's overwhelming beauty. In anticipation of the thousands of fans that swarm there every year to watch this monumental event, the place was decked out with a huge trade fair, perfectly groomed grounds, Jumbo-trons, and various VIP tents.
Not only did I get to experience the action live for the first time, I also got to be behind the scenes as a part of the Andrea Baxter/Estrella Team! Being part of a rider's entourage certainly has it's advantages at Rolex, and I am very grateful to have been included. Much appreciation goes out to Andrea for inviting me to to take part in her experience.
Most exciting for me was watching two brothers of my two year old ISH filly, Highland Empress or 'Jade', compete at this Four Star. Both Mandiba, ridden by Karen O'Connor and Master Rose, ridden by Oliver Townend were strong competitors at this show, which gives me much hope for Baby Jade's future as a top class event horse.
I can certainly recommend making the journey out to this fabulous horsey-nirvana, for any of you that have been on the fence about going. It's definitely on the top of my list!!