Rolex Guide 2013: All You Need To Know


Rolex is finally here… now what?!  When are the course walks?  What is the tv schedule?  Where do I go next?  Hopefully you’ll find those answers here!  If you have more info to share, please comment or send an email to  This list is by no means comprehensive, but we’ll do our best to update it frequently.  Go Rolex!


2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event: HomepageScheduleEntry List, Ride Times, Live Scores

  • Cross-Country Course Open:  Wednesday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. (Course open to the public as of this date must stay off track of course)
  • First Horse Inspection:  Wednesday, April 24, 3:00 p.m.
  • Competitor Familiarization in Main Arena:  Wednesday, April 24, 4:30 p.m.
  • Dressage Test: Thursday, April 25, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,  Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Second Horse Inspection:  Sunday, April 28, 8:30 a.m.
  • Jumping Test:  Sunday, April 28, 1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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Other Rolex Posts from Eventing Nation:

  • Getting Ready for Rolex Part II - Samantha meets the early arrivals, including Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo/Calico Joe, Fernhill Urco, and Kristi Nunnink with R-Star.
  • Monday at Rolex – Arrivals Day –  Samantha catches up with more riders and horses as they settle into the Horse Park, including WFP and Chilli Morning, Tom and Magette Meagher, and lots of other photos.
  • Tuesday at Rolex Kentucky CCI**** 2013 – Samantha watches various riders and horses schooling on the flat and hacking about before the real competition begins.  Plus, photos from riders’ visit to the UK Children’s Hospital.
  • A Few Questions For Rolex – John gives his thoughts on this year’s competition; who will win, fan favorites, and wonders will the US ever win its own four-star again?
Wednesday 4/24/13
  • 46 Horses Move on after Rolex First Horse Inspection - John checks in from the jog.  All horses passed, though Andrew Nicholson had to re-present Quimbo.  Emily Beshear did not present Here’s To You, as Quincy may have tweaked himself and the best option is to save him for another day.
Thursday 4/25/13
  • Becky Holder and Can’t Fire Me Move Into Second - A brief recap after the second morning session of Thursday’s dressage.  Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda have been re-assigned to Friday, as Cambalda reportedly got loose Thursday morning and slipped on the pavement.
  • A quick update on Cambalda - It is confirmed that Cambalda got away from his groom while lunging Thursday morning, slipped on pavement, and pending a vet inspection Jenni Brannigan will compete on Friday instead.
Friday 4/26/13
Saturday 4/27/13
  • Rolex Cross-Country Lunchtime Update - Jenni Autry quickly recaps the morning rides, which went quite well, starting off with a superb ride from William Fox-Pitt and Seacookie TSF.
  • A Tale of Two Courses – John breaks down the day of cross-country action, discussing how differently the course rode in the afternoon.
  • Rolex Saturday Interviews – Watch post-XC video interviews with Meghan O’Donoghue, Buck Davidson, Daniel Clasing, Kristi Nunnink, Kristin Schmolze, Peter Barry, Caitlin Silliman, Jan Byyny, Hawley Bennett-Awad, Emily Renfroe and James Alliston.
Sunday, 4/28/13
  • Andrew Nicholson Seals the Deal with Quimbo - Jenni Autry reports on all the action from Show Jumping day, which saw only 5 clear rounds (4 double clear).  William Fox-Pitt finished second, sandwiched between Andrew’s two horses.  Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM were the highest US pair, in 4th.  OTTB war horse Donner had a brilliant time at his first four-star, finishing on his dressage score in 5th. Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate won the HSBC award for highest-placed first-timer at Rolex, coming in 12th.

Course Walks:

  • SmartPak Course Walk with Boyd Martin and Allison Springer-  Friday at 3:30pm.
  • North American Young Rider Course Walk presented by Mountain Horse, with Sinead Halpin 2:30 Friday at the Rolex start box.
  • FLAIR Course Walk with Ralph Hill and Eric Dierks -  3:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, meet at the start box..
  • Cavalor will be hosting a lot of fun events this year at Rolex including a course walk with Will Coleman Friday @ 4 p.m. (meeting at the Cavalor Booth) and a Sip N’ Sign Saturday @5 p.m. with all their sponsored riders attending Rolex!