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In the April 21 & 28 issue, our annual Rolex Kentucky Preview edition, of The Chronicle of the Horse...

Commentary by Beth Rasin: Hop On The Rolex Rollercoaster

President and executive editor Beth Rasin reflects on Kim Severson's return to Rolex this year. She earned Rasin's admiration through not just her skill in the saddle, but her kindness and unassuming nature. "I remember when she worked at a local tack store, long before she would become a world-famous event rider. After the first time she won Rolex Kentucky, at the three-star level in 1999, she saw me about a month later at an event where we were both riding, and she profusely thanked me for the story on her win," Rasin writes. (Subscribers can read more.)

In The Country

Coudray, Holder and Faudree Withdraw from Rolex Kentucky; Chris Welton Named New USEF CEO; Olympic Show Jumping Silver Medalist Sold At Auction; FEI Creates Task Force For Endurance Reforms; Meydan Steps Down As World Games Sponsor; Dutch And Swiss Federations Express Dissatisfaction With FEI/Sheikh Mohammed Collaboration On Edurance Reform. (Subscribers can read more.)

Who Will Star In This Year's Rolex Kentucky

He's back! The one and only James C. Wofford offers his hilarious and insightful low-down on this year's competitors at Rolex Kentucky. Read our detailed roster of all the entries, and hear what the eventing legend has to say about their chances—or lack thereof. (Subscribers can read more.)

Kim Severson's Not Done Yet

After winning the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** three times on Winsome Adante, Kim Severson battled back from the lowest point in her career to come back to Rolex this year. Severson opened up to Associate Editor Molly Sorge about the long road back to Kentucky. Subscribers can read more.)

Rolex In The Rearview

Check in with Rolex veterans Cavaldi, Tipperary Liadhnan, Jumbo's Jake, The Good Witch who have found new careers showing the ropes to riders at the lower levels. Plus there's one special horse who stepped down to schoolmaster status, but will be back in the big leagues in Lexington. (Subscribers can read more.)

William Fox-Pitt Is Still Driven To Win

Get to know the two-time Rolex Kentucky winner, and the only rider to have won five of the six CCI**** in the world. (Subscribers can read more.)

Decades of Dedication To Rolex Kentucky

Rolex Kentucky has become an annual pilgrammage for thousands of people who go to spectate and volunteer in myriad ways, and they have plenty of stories to tell. Several long-time attendees share their favorite memories. (Subscribers can read more.)

Rolex Amateur Riders: Relentless Pursuit—By Name And By Nature

Dana Widstrand juggles her job as a financial project controller with preparing Relentless Pursuit for their Rolex Kentucky debut.  (Subscribers can read more.)

Rolex Amateur Riders: Kevin Keane Won't Let Age Or Time Get In His Way

He'll be the oldest rookie at Rolex Kentucky this year, but this equine veterinarian is ready to step into the big time with Fernhill Flutter. "The balance of work and riding is a challenge, but I fully believe that if you're absolutely determined, beyond anything, that you will make it work," he said. (Subscribers can read more.)

Rolex Amateur Riders: From Her Backyard To Rolex, Rachel Jurgens Perseveres

This Oregon-native turned disappointment into an opportunity 11 years ago, and now she'll fulfill her dream of riding around Rolex Kentucky aboard Ziggy.  (Subscribers can read more.)

Halpin Is Spot On At The Fork CIC***

She and Manoir De Carneville landed exactly on the optimum time to break a tie for the win over Marilyn Little and RF Demeter in their final prep before Rolex Kentucky."If you can replace the nerves with things to do and think about, then it helps a lot," said Halpin (Subscribers can read more.)

Coral Reef Via Volo Coasts To $200,000 American Invitational Victory


Beezie Madden earns her third win as the historic class, and footing issues plauge the historic class's move to the Sun Life Stadium in Miami. (Subscribers can read more.)

Cookie Monster Gobbles Up The Competition

Wilhelm Genn fills in aboard he son's horse to win the feature class at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show. (Subscribers can read more.)

Salto Out-Jumps The Competition At Camden

He's a new ride for young professional Caroline Willard, and he helps her score her first USHJA International Hunter Derby win.  (Subscribers can read more.)

Marienau Earns First CDI Victory At Rancho Murieta

This former show jumper just started dressage lessons six years ago, but she's found her passion in that sport, riding Stefano 8 to the Grand Prix Freestyle win at Golden State Dressage CDI***. (Subscribers can read more.)

Gone Away 

Nancy Bell Gosch, Conair, Powderhound



See the full Table of Contents of The Chronicle of the Horse, Vol. 77, No. 12, April 21 & 28, 2014

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