GAITHERSBURG, MD?Join eventing legend and Practical Horseman magazine columnist Jim Wofford for a free (with event admission), fun and educational "Highlights of Rolex" cross-country course walk on Friday, April 26, 2013, during the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
As Jim discusses the highlights of the course, you'll gain insight into how Rolex's course designer Derek di Grazia will test the horses and riders at each obstacle and why. Find out the best way to approach each obstacle and what questions the riders must consider at each fence. Discover the influence of the materials and build of each jump and learn what they look like from the horses' perspective.
"The Practical Horseman cross-country course walk is one of the highlights of the Rolex weekend for me," said Jim. "I am always impressed by the number of participants and by their keen interest. Their questions tell me that they are sincerely interested in learning more about our wonderful sport. It is a privilege to be with fans like that."
To participate in this informative?and entertaining?event, meet Jim by Fence 7 at 4 p.m. on April 26. (Check back for location and time.) Plan to spend at least two hours on course. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear, and come prepared for the weather conditions with an umbrella, jacket, sunscreen, bug spray, water and, if you wish, a portable chair or blanket to sit on.
In addition to the course walk, Jim will be at the Practical Horseman booth in Sponsor Village signing copies of his completely revised book Modern Gymnastics: Systematic Training for Jumping Horses during lunch break on Friday and Saturday. Eventer Allison Springer, who appears in the photo on the cover, will be joining him.
"I am excited that my new book is finally ready," said Jim. "I have revised and expanded my original book on gymnastic jumping. The color-coded diagrams and montage-style photos show the reader exactly what I mean when I describe a gymnastic, and the expert riders in the photos give the reader excellent visual role models."
If you can't join us in person, be sure to follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prachorseman (#RoadtoRolex13) to catch exclusive coverage of the entire event. We'll be posting photos, videos, results and updates and bringing you the entire inside scoop as it happens. Updates and other news will also be available at www.facebook.com/practicalhorseman.
For a schedule of events or to purchase tickets for the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, visit www.rk3de.com.