2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* Preview Blog

April 22nd, 2013 5:48 PM | Comments Off on 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4* Preview Blog

 By Sarah Miller, Primary Blogger for MacMillan Photography & Media Services

Rolex-prep has begun with a ruffle through last year’s pictures. There are a lot of them to ruffle through – almost 2,500 pictures if my computer is telling me the truth. As I sorted through them I was surprised what I could remember as I looked at the pictures, but I was more surprised by the things I didn’t remember.

 Rolex is hectic. A normal day goes something like this: Get up; drive to the park; pick up an order of go; find my spot at the ring, arena or on course; wait for competition to begin; “shoot, err… photograph” the competition; break for lunch; check the batteries; dump pictures from camera memory cards to computer; try to start sorting them; finally get around to eating lunch, and be back out on the field to start shooting again. Throw in a few demos, some shopping and course walks. Competition ends. Write blogs, dump pictures, sort pictures…. 

 With all that going on it’s easy to see the forest and miss the trees. As I sorted through the photos from last year, I found a lot of quiet moments during the show that let some of the memorable moments come forward for me and I’m sharing a few photo memories here:

Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen (AUS) share a moment of communication before their dressage test.

Cross Country started off chilly last year, but threats of rain went unrealized. The crowd didn’t mind the rain forecast any more than the riders, as you can see in this picture of Kate Hicks and Belmont.

I’m not sure why Clifton Promise is sticking his tongue out here, but doesn’t it look like he’s blowing that obstacle a raspberry and saying, “You weren’t that hard?”

There are mounted outriders on the cross-country course, and this Appaloosa pony got in just the right position to look like he’s cheering on Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen.

It’s a big course, but I still found one of my fellow photographers from MacMillan Photography just across the Sunken Road– that’s her pointing her camera at me. Hi Dee! That’s Oliver Townend and Pepper Anne about to jump through.

There are a limited number of places to shoot in the show jumping arena, so last year went behind the scenes and shot the warm-up arena and the entrance ramp. I don’t think I missed a thing. For starters you can see the competitors getting ready. Phillip Dutton waits to get on Mighty Nice.

You can get just as close to the competitors as you were on cross-country day. Check out that fern on Clifton Promise’s buns (ridden by Jonathan Paget from New Zealand).


The Stadium entrance/exit ramp fence is a few strides down the hill away from the practice arena. Just walk down past the pedestrian gates to see both horses and riders receiving their congratulations on a competition well-finished.




It’s also the perfect place to check out the leaders as they make a last minute fix and share a minute before it’s their turn to go out and win. William Fox-Pitt and Parklane Hawk have a few quiet moments before they go out and show everyone how it’s done.

All this has me madly making notes for things to think about! I wish Rolex didn’t seem so far away today.

 All photos by Sarah Miller/MacMillan Photography. All photos are copyrighted and the property of MacMillan Photography & Media Services. To purchase photos contact us at 260-468-2392 or photo@looncreekenterprises.com.


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