My April consisted of a week on vacation on St. Augustine FL. Pony club clinics and activities galore. A week in Ocala, FL exploring horse country and attending Ocala International (more on that trip later) and to close out the month, an EPIC Rolex adventure.
I will be covering the Rolex adventure in this post. I love reading everyone's Rolex experiences. For some it was their first time. Some traveled halfway across the country to attend. Some loved it, for some it was just Meh. I have been going to Rolex for several years now. For a few years I did the just XC day, which is OK. For the past 4 I've gone full bore 4 full days but this year I think I finally perfected how an Eventer does Rolex! There are many factors that go into the perfect Rolex experience.
|Some of my amazing crew.|
2. In the prefect Rolex experience. Don't be ashamed of day drinking. Really and after a few glasses of champagne in the Dubarry tent you won't really notice the dirty looks from the Responsible Pony Club moms.
3. Have really awesome kids that will trek all over kindom come without a peep of complaint. Even when your mother accidently drops you in the water jump in front of an entire group of course walkers and you have to walk the rest of the day in wet tennis shoes. How does that even happen? Trust me I'm talented. Hey I have never claimed to be a good Mom. I mean who does that to their kid? They really are troopers. And when mom has had about 4 too many they even clean up dinner and put themselves to bed despite the obnoxiously loud music and carrying on outside the camper. Not mention when the police showed up...OPPS! Yep. That happened.
|This was just the start of a very wild night.|
4. All the other things I have done the passed 3 years which has made Rolex our highlight of the spring but what made it absolutely perfect? Camping at the park. I never want to do Rolex another way. No worries about having to drive after all the day drinking. Pretty much my entire Indiana Eventing Posse camp which makes for a wildly fun party in the evenings. And is there anything better than campfires, music, dancing and horse friends? Not often that we get to hang out with our horse buddies and not be at a show or a clinic and have horses to care for and actually have to be sober to ride. But a Rolex? All bets are off. We most likely took it a step too far and that became more clear when the police rolled up and we all scattered to our rightful campers. But it was SO MUCH FUN!
Why do I do all 4 days? I can assure you it is not because I am interested in watching the same dressage test ridden a million times because I saw all of 2 tests. They were good ones though, Mark Todd and Phillip Dutton on one of his mounts Copper Beach, and that is all that counts. Quality not quantity. Why the home body that I am and would rather stay home than almost anything looks forward to Rolex next year before I even pack up to go home on Sunday?
Thursday, to shop. You get to see everything, touch everything and search for the few and far between deals. All without being touched by cracked out shoppers that only show up one day and think they deserve to push their way through everyone just to get their fix. And drinking
Friday is for a bit more shopping, read- go back and buy all the things you scoped out on Thursday, talked yourself out of but couldn't stop thinking about lying in bed that night so you run back and buy as soon as the trade show opens. And course walking. Following around big time riders, not being able to keep up or hear a word they say but it doesn't really matter because your back pack has drinks in it. And the Dubarry tent. Because if you're smart at all, all your hunting type shopping better have been done Thursday because people. And now we wander, drink all the alcohols we can find and scope out free stuff. Oh and drinking.
|Course walking with Doug Payne. Someone needs to explain to these people that us mere mortals cannot walk at 10 mph up hill in tall grass. Think of the Corgi's people and old ladies.|
|What Corgi's think of a wet XC day. Why mom, why?|
|shout out to the awesome corgi umbrella!|
|Cool Pony Club opportunity is they take the PCer's out on the stadium course Sunday morning and the course designer talks to them about the course. RAD!|
|The Sea Serpent. Loved the drop into the head of the lake.|
|Look Rolex barfed in my kitchen.|