Saturday, April 16, 2011

Part 3 - ECOGOLD's 2011 Rolex Kentucky Ammie Experience - Bloggers

We introduced our first six bloggers taking part in ECOGOLD's 2011 Rolex Kentucky Ammie Experience (read here: Part 1, Part 2). Here are our last two.


"Hi, I’m Jennifer Pavlinich. By day I’m a Benefits Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, not the most exciting job but it pays for the ponies.  Of course my real love is my horses.  I started riding 14 years ago, taking lessons from a friend.  Then a year later, I found my current barn and I was instantly hooked on eventing. 

For the longest time I did not have a horse of my own, until my grandfather gave me the best Christmas present ever.  He’s a 16 year old OTTB named X (and no you really don’t want to hear his registered name!)  He is still learning though so we have yet to compete together.  In the meantime, my awesome trainer has allowed me to ride her upper level horses so I can gain some experience and build my confidence.  

Special K is my current event horse and I couldn't ask for a better teacher.  We have been competing at the novice level last year and hopefully we will be able to make the move up to training level this summer.  Kaye is more than ready for me to get over my nerves and take on the bigger fences!  This will be my 5th year coming to Rolex. I couldn't imagine April without that trip to Kentucky.  I can't wait to see everyone there!” ~ Jennifer  


“Hello! Let me start by saying how excited I am to be heading back to Lexington. I have been to the Kentucky Horse Park a few times in the past for Pony Club Championships, Rolex, and then last fall for the WEG. 

The thing about the horse park though, is that it never gets old! This year should be even better than ever for a number of reasons. Firstly, I will be helping out ECOGOLD. What is better than going to Rolex AND being able to share the experience with everyone? I can’t think of much! 

The other reason this Rolex trip will be awesome is that it marks the end of college for me. While most of my friends will be relaxing on a beach or fitting in some last minute college shenanigans, I will be watching some of the top horse and rider pairs tackle a challenging and exhilarating cross country course at one of my favorite places, the Kentucky Horse Park! 

I have spent the last four years working towards my BA in English at The University of Mary Washington. Lucky for me, we have a week off between the end of finals and graduation, which just happens to fall around the weekend of Rolex, giving a friend and I the perfect excuse to give ourselves a graduation present! As far as my experience with horses goes, I have been riding since I was 6 or so.

Growing up I rode ponies in everything from mounted games to local horse trials and was active in my local Pony Club. Although I have been interested in eventing for a number of years, I have just recently been able to compete at USEA sanctioned events. This is all thanks to my ‘new’ horse Max, who I bought last winter. Max is a 13 year old QH, and is an awesome partner and teacher! We have had a quiet spring (That whole graduation thing can get pretty time consuming!) but are looking forward to spending most of the 2011 season at Novice." ~ Sarah

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