I am always amazed...and a bit saddened really...when you compare this to Badminton where by this time in the application process that Badminton is FULL and many riders are balloted out where as rolex struggles to fill all of the available spots on offer. In a country this size one would think we would have far more horses and riders at this level. You can have badminton full...horses not accepted are re-routed to either Bramham or Punchestown (spring) or Luhmulen (summer) and then you still have 200 advanced horses running at Chatsworth in spring. Where are our our numbers here?
Snoopy, when it comes to that the US is realy an island, Badminton and so on can draw from all over Europe and geting there is nothing more than a couple of days on the road, especialy now with the Chunel.
This year will be a boom year for Rolex, because it is the test event for 2010.
The Germans plan to bring 4 teams, consider the cost, they are spending a pretty Dollar
That I have no use for them, does not mean, that I don't know them and don't know how to use them.
Actually the Germans are bringing 3 riders as of an e-mail I received from their coach, Christopher Bartle, two days ago. EEI is posting these entries as they get them, so as stated earlier I don't think anything is being "held" out right now, I think there are either many Americans waiting until the last minute to enter or we are just going to see fewer Americans ride this year at Rolex. I for one am very happy to see this many foreign riders come over and ride Rolex this year. I think we are all going to be in for a treat to see some of the best of the best in the WORLD here, not just in America.
I'm getting really excited about this year's Rolex just looking at all the great horses and riders who will be there from all over the world. There's an Australian and a South American even.
I do have a question since I've just made out my ticket application. Is there any way on the website to find out if and which grandstand seats are still available?
If you go to the online ticket sales you can pick your seats, you have to go through the page to purchase them and then a screen will pop up that shows where they've got you placed and give you the option to change it.