First Impressions Of A Rolex Rookie

Apr 25, 2012 - 4:00 PM
Sara Kozumplik and "Manny" looked sharp at the first jog at Rolex Kentucky. Photo by Kat Netzler.

When I asked a close friend in Ireland whether or not I should do this blog, he replied, “Why not? Only you can get away with half the things you say.”

Unfortunately he’s right. I have an unbelievable talent for speaking before I think and usually manage to step on more toes than 101 Dalmatians.

Before letting loose in trying to absorb this magnificent event, my thoughts go out to Martha McDowell and her clients who have had to deal with such tragedy this week. The eventing community is a close-knit family, and I truly hope it makes as much of an effort as it did for Boyd and those involved in True Prospect.

Yes, Overlook Farm will run a schooling show like last year where 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Martha.

…So it’s Rolex….

Sharon White and Sara left Berryville, Va., at 8:15 on Monday morning, and as they drove out the driveway together, the rain stopped, the skies cleared, and all the horses and staff started smiling again. I hear through the grapevine that Last Frontier Farm felt just like that the past two weeks—the last frontier!!

As for Overlook farm, well… Every horse on the property was ridden through the four-star test. Broken, unbroken, retired it didn’t matter. The only animal who didn’t have to go through the test was our big dog Kolya, and only because Sara couldn’t find a girth small enough!!

Sara’s horse, Manolo Blahnik, and I have one thing in common: This is our first four-star.

It makes you wonder what goes through a horse’s mind. He spent the last 10 days in ice, to the footpad, back to ice, back to footpad…jog….is he sound???

This repeated itself three times daily, and each time “Manny” looked at Sara as if to say, “I feel great. Would you be happier if I limped?”

So today, having walked the HUGE course, I know one person who needs to be on a fitness program—me. I really wanted Sara to break up the walk but no way. Glad I did not have to jog up. Adequan and Legend would be required!

So the jog itself was a fun fashion show. Some of the two-legged creatures took the eye. On the male front, the two Williams looked particularly well (one from the other side of the pond and one from Virginia). Looked a little like the two Justins to me (Timberlake and Bieber). I will let you decide for yourself which is which.

On the ladies’ side, Holly Payne looked fantastic, Karen O’Connor (aka Karilyn) floated across the ground in 6-inch heels. Still no show of the infamous tattoo from Marilyn Little-Meredith, although Jimmy Wofford claims to have proof otherwise.

And or course, not to stir trouble in camp Overlook, Sara did look beautiful.

Must run for shower and competitors’ party. Until tomorrow. Dressage. UGH!

See more photos from the jog…

Brian Murphy is heading into his first Rolex Kentucky as the groom/show jumping coach/boyfriend of Sara Kozumplik. He’s generously agreed to blog about the experience, and Sara promised not to read a word he wrote until after the event is over.


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