Last week Bruce Davidson underwent back surgery for several herniated discs. He will not ride at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this year, as he gives his body time for recovery.
The injuries were the result of years of wear and tear. The surgery requires a significant recovery time, but Davidson hopes to be back in the saddle by summer.
He will still attend Rolex and cheer on his son Buck and Boyd Martin, who currently rides his horse Rock on Rose.
Bruce isn’t sure whether his Rolex-ready horses, Cruise Lion and Jam, will compete with another rider.
It is largely because of Bruce that the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event exists today. Bruce’s win at the 1974 World Championships gave the United States the opportunity to host the 1978 World Championships. The winning individual’s country was awarded the honor of hosting the next World Equestrian Games. This led to an annual three-day at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the event later became the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day, the first and only four-star in the United States. Davidson has won the event a record six times and has competed there nearly every year since its inception.
Read his blog on BruceDavidsonEventing.com.