Your Guide to EN’s Rolex Tailgate, Presented by World Equestrian Brands

Eventing Nation has the best readers in the land, and because nothing says “thank you” like free refreshments and swag, we’re throwing Eventing Nation’s 3nd annual reader appreciation tailgate party!

Consider this your official invite.

What: All the fun, all day long. In addition to the most ridiculous lineup of contests and activities EVER, Rolex competitors and EN friends will be stopping in throughout the day to sign autographs and party with the people. Stop by for a selfie in the Insanity photo booth, get EN temporary-tatted up, schmooze with a certain celebrity Chinch, and drop some science for a chance to win awesome prizes in Rolex Trivia. With World Equestrian Brands as the party’s presenting sponsor, this year we’re taking the sport of tailgating to a whole new level.


You know you want the cookie cake. Come and get it.

New for 2015!!! “Jimmy Woof-ford’s Build-a-Gymnastic Canine Jumping Course,” hosted in partnership with our friends at Practical Horseman magazine. Sharpen your pooch’s jumping skills over a customizable series of bounces, one-strides and other assorted combinations. Snap a pic and submit it to the World Equestrian Brands Top Dog Contest for a chance to win a Mattes Gold Half Pad.

But wait — there’s more! Jimmy Wofford himself — the man, the myth, the dog lover — is stopping by immediately following cross-country to oversee the proceedings and sign copies of his iconic book, Gymnastics: Systematic Training for Jumping Horses. (If you don’t carry a copy around in your purse, don’t worry. They’ll be available for purchase at the tailgate.) If we’re lucky, Jimmy might even share some pointers or demonstrate with his own pup!


Or… your dog can just hang out in a bucket full of cookies.

When: Cross-country day! Saturday, April 25, beginning at 9 a.m. with pastries and mimosas.

Where: The infield at the Kentucky Horse Park. We’ll be in tailgating spaces B90 and B91, located along the galloping lane beyond the Land Rover off-road course to the right of fence 11, the Ditch and Brush. Red on right, white on left, party in the middle… we’re kind of hard to miss.


Why: Because you’re awesome.

Schedule of Events:

9:45 a.m. Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jen McFall autograph signing

10:30 a.m. Doug Payne autograph/book signing — check out our review of his fantastic new book, “The Riding Horse Repair Manual,” here

1 p.m. EN’s 3rd annual Rolex Trivia competition, emceed by Jess Payne

Immediately following cross-country: “Jimmy Woof-ford’s Build-a-Gymnastic Canine Jumping Course” featuring special guest Jimmy Wofford

We’re expecting a few other eventing celebs to stop by — keep an eye on EN’s Twitter (@eventingnation) and Instagram (@goeventing) for updates!

Go Eventing!


A special shout-out to Megan Moore and her team at Team CEO Eventing as well as Brody Robertson Show Jumps for their help in making the 2015 EN Rolex Tailgate dream come true.

Go eventing party people!