The Rolex Head of the Lake is one of the most iconic cross country complexes in eventing history, and if you want to watch the action, you better get there early and claim a prime location. Some people get there hours early and stay in one place all day, while other spectators wander the Kentucky Horse Park and view the Head of the Lake in passing.
This is my sixth time attending Rolex, the fifth as a member of the media. I’m usually a wanderer, so never before have I stayed at the Head of the Lake for the entire division. Until today. It was amazing to watch every pair ride through the complex, which road extremely well and caused no problems.
Yes, we got rained on. Yes, it was a long day. Yes, I tromped back to the media center carrying my soaked backpack in a trash bag slung over my shoulder and my glasses in my pocket because they were too filthy to wear anymore. But it was a great day.
Here’s a photo of every horse and rider combination that completed the course tackling the Head of the Lake.