With the first day of action completed at the 2011 Rolex Three Day Event, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take the opportunity to share the highlights from the first day. Whether you’re a rider, SmartPak employee or eventing fan, it was a long and very full day.
Allison Springer lead off the morning as the first rider to go in the day’s dressage test. Her ride aboard Arthur would prove to be the best of the day with a score of 42.3. In talking with Allison afterward she felt that they could’ve done even better, but their performance was certainly very strong and they are well ahead of the pack. Allison still has one more dressage test to ride with Destination Known.
After having to pull Neville Bardos and Last Monarch, Boyd’s plans for Rolex changed a bit as he only had Remington XXV ready for competition. The pair turned out a strong dressage test that would be good enough to hold 5th for the first day.
Rolex Course Walk
As if Boyd and Allison didn’t have enough going on this week, they hosted our annual course walk and both were a huge hit. The pair led a walk with 150+ eventing fans, highlighting some of the most exciting and treacherous jumps on course. For those unable to attend, we included the video from the course walk below.
No Rolex trip would be complete if we didn’t stop to visit our friends at Dubarry. And boy, do they know how to welcome guests. After a lovely glass of champagne and a quick tour of their new spring additions (the new polo is HOT), Robert made a little room for Colby in the Dubarry water bucket allowing both to show off the Galway’s waterproof properties.
Land Rover Shoot
(left to right: Will Coleman, Boyd Martin, Sinead Halpin)
If you were under the impression that being a professional equestrian athlete was all fun and horses, these three will prove you wrong (it’s only 90% fun and horses). After finishing their respective dressage tests (Sinead is scheduled for Friday afternoon), Boyd delivering a wonderful course walk with Allison Springer, the trio got together for a photo shoot with the Land Rover team. While it seemed like a long afternoon of hard work, we got a couple photos of the guys enjoying themselves.
Will Coleman and Boyd Martin
Dressage, Day Two
With another day of dressage in progress, many riders thoughts are already on the very wet cross country course. Yesterday was largely sunny, save for one strong shower at the end of the night. Today has proven to be dry and mostly sunny, so there are hopes the course will dry out a bit. With one and half days of dressage down, one thing is for certain – the action is starting to heat up in Lexington.