Here at Eventing Nation we always try and thank the volunteers at every event and that is not nearly enough, but we hope we can convey the depth of our gratitude in some small way. Without the help of so many making real sacrifices and commitments to our sport, no matter what the weather, we wouldn’t have any events to go to. When the event is the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, North America’s only CCI****, then the number of volunteers needed and the workload exponentially increases. Harry, Leo and I caught up with Jessica and Carla, who have been helping to enhance Mick Costello’s gorgeous jumps even more with an abundance of flowers.
A further team of volunteers came out last weekend to “bark mulch” (hope I got the right lingo, gardening is not my forte sadly) around all the fences, and as Jessica mentioned, another team will be out on course all this week to water and cover the plants as needed. Brian O’Connor has been here all week getting the sound system ready and dealing with proper Kentucky weather. I think since he’s been here we’ve gone from mid-80s, to torrential rain, to freezing at night, back to sunny … and so it goes on! The flags are flying at half mast currently in respect to the Boston Marathon bombing and West Texas explosion victims. The horses from GB were due to arrive early this evening, and I think Kristi Nunnink will be here tonight too — fingers crossed. We’ll be back out at the Kentucky Horse Park tomorrow to see who we can find to talk to, but in the meantime, thank you and go all volunteers, and go Rolex Kentucky Three Day Eventing!