Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ECOGOLD donates 6 Saddle Pads, one in memory of each horse lost in Boyd Martin's Barn Fire

Boyd and Charla, at Bromont last year
All day, we haven't been able to think of anything else but Boyd's barn fire, where 6 horses lost their lives. In tragedy, you feel so powerless. I'm sure there will be some fundraising efforts to help Boyd, but at the time I write this, I haven't heard anything official yet.

As I am of an impatient nature, and as one of Boyd's sponsors, we feel the need to step up and help him, even before anybody asks. So, we've decided to set up a special section on our online store where we are donating 1 Secure Saddle Pad in memory of each horse lost. You can be assured that 100% of your purchase will go to Boyd.

I have set up six Secure Cross-Country Saddle Pads, in honour of these event horses, but if you prefer a dressage or square jumper saddle pad, just write it in the comments.

Here is the section: Boyd Martin's Fund

Each saddle pad is listed separately here, as a tribute to each horse:
UPDATE 6:52 PM: Due to the quick sale of the saddle pads in memory of the horses, we have added an unlimited amount, where we will donate 50% of the sales to Boyd.
    We are praying for the surviving horses being treated, the first two in intensive care, Neville Bardos, Otis Barbotiere, (Caitlin’s) Catch a Star and Ambassador’s Rose.

    Our gesture will not erase the sorrow or come close to provide what Boyd and his team will need, but it makes us feel a little more useful.

    If you want to donate any amount, you can do so by clicking on the PayPal button below. This relief fund is a general fund set up by True Prospect Farm to help everyone at Windurra LLC and True Prospect Farm, as well as Boyd’s owners and riders who have been impacted by this tragedy.



    Also, a Facebook Page has been set up by Evie Dutton from True Prospect Farm: True Prospect Fire Recovery Fund


    Devastating

    Tragedies like these, normally happen to people we don't know. But unfortunately, this one hit very close to home.

    This morning, as I was about to drive to work, I received a text asking me if I had heard anything about a fire at Boyd Martin's barn. Boyd is one of our sponsored riders and I have visited his barn at Phillip Dutton's True Prospect Farm a couple of times. My reaction was "What? That can't be right". When the news was confirmed that it was indeed true and that horses were lost, it hit like a ton of bricks.

    Today, we feel unbelievably sad for Boyd and his team, and completely powerless.

    On behalf of ECOGOLD, I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the owners and everyone connected to the horses lost in the fire: Call Me Ollie, Charla, (Lillian's) Ariel, Phantom Pursuit, Cagney Herself, and Summer Breeze.

    We are praying for the surviving horses being treated at the New Bolton Center: Neville Bardos, Otis Barbotiere, (Caitlin's) Catch a Star and Ambassador's Rose.

    We are thinking how brave Lillian Heard, Caitlin Silliman, Ryan and the others at True Prospect Farm who went in the fire to save them, are.

    Boyd, you are in our thoughts, with Silva, Lillian, Caitlin, Phillip and Evie, the owners and everyone at True Prospect Farm. We are grieving with you.

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    The Jog at Dressage at Bromont CDI... sponsored by ECOGOLD

    Don't ask me how we ended up sponsoring a best-dressed jog competition at Dressage at Bromont CDI1*... I will just say one minute I was chatting with Linda Pepin, the show organizer about this year's show, and the next I was agreeing to donating a prize for the best presented rider and horse.

    I have no idea who decides the winners, but here are some pics.












    Simone Williams and Farley

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Ecogold Launches Horse Junkies United, a Blog by Amateur Equestrians, for Amateur Equestrians!

    We are very excited to announce.... that ECOGOLD has created a new website for amateur equestrians, “Horse Junkies United”, by and for amateur equestrians from different English riding disciplines.

    The content is written by Amateur riders from across North America who are actively involved in dressage, hunter/jumpers and eventing. The goal is to provide cool, fun and meaningful content - with a point of view - that will relate to amateur equestrians across all English disciplines. The blog will cover all aspects of English riding including coverage of events and shows across North America, clinic reports, fashion, informative product reviews, and interviews with professional riders, special segments and of course contests!

    The blog, which can be found at www.horsejunkiesunited.com, is the brainchild of Patricia Da Silva, ECOGOLD's Marketing VP. “After the successful Ammie Blogger Experience at Rolex Kentucky, where a team of amateur riders covered the event on ECOGOLD’s blog, some of the bloggers expressed an interest to keep going,” she said. “It just made sense to create a separate website and to bring in dressage and hunter/jumper riders to be more representative of the North American horse show scene.”

    In 2011 ECOGOLD was the winner of the Equestrian Social Media Award for Best Use of Social Media in Category 14 - Saddlery or Tack Company - International.

    ECOGOLD is proud to welcome CHARLES OWEN & CO. as their first partner. Danielle Santos of Charles Owen said, “Horse Junkies United is a great idea! Amateur riders across disciplines love to share their experiences and this blog gives them a place to do that. Charles Owen is proud to be involved in such an exciting new project.”

    Another feature of the blog will be reviews of Boyd and Silva Martin’s training videos. The Martins, who are both sponsored by ECOGOLD and CHARLES OWEN and compete at the international levels of eventing and dressage, respectively, have created a series of training videos. One of the Horse Junkies United bloggers will watch the videos and write something about each one.

    Carrie Braff, an amateur event rider from Ontario, Canada will be Blogger-in-Chief for Horse Junkies United. “We really want this site to branch out to ALL the amateur English Discipline riders out there.” said Carrie. “What better way than to have the content be written by amateur riders who are not only intelligent but funny, witty and somewhat crazy.  After all, if all of us horse junkies were normal, let's face it, we'd have nothing interesting to write about!”

    While the blog will feature regular contributors, anyone can submit blog posts or get involved by emailing info@horsejunkiesunited.com

    Check it out!!!!! www.horsejunkiesunited.com

    Monday, May 9, 2011

    Team Fredericks - The Next Generation!

    Uh, oh... There's another member of Team Fredericks that we might need to start sponsoring... meet Ellie, daughter of Ecogold-riders Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks.



    See you at Rolex!

    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    Happy Mother's Day from ECOGOLD! with Awww videos...

    Denielle Gallagher with daughter Juliette
    We deal with a lot of wonderful horse moms... They drive their horse-crazy kid to lessons, bankroll the horse adventure, carry buckets, wash those dirty saddle pads and the list of "mom-tasks" goes on and on... Not only they are in charge of all the boring stuff, but they are also their kids #1 fan and supporter, ringside at the end of a ride to say "well done!" 

    Mothers play a huge role, even at the higher levels of the sport. They often own the horses or are involved in their children's career in an active way.

    And let's not forget all the professional riders who are also moms. It must take an incredible amount of organizational skills and sheer determination, to balance their sports objectives and business requirements with the demands of motherhood.

    So here's our Awww salute to moms... whether they are of the "human kind or the interspecies kind...

    Jessica Phoenix and baby Jacob
    WEG Silver Medalists Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch and Hawley Bennett discuss their mothers & families


      Doggie-mommy adopts some kittehs

    Kitteh-mommy adopts some squirrels

    Kitteh-mommy adopts a baby bunny

    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    Best of Rolex: The Ammies rocked!

    The Ammie Bloggers were THIS great!
    Having the Ammie Blogger Experience at Rolex Kentucky (amateur riders blogging about their experience and posting updates and photos on ECOGOLD's Facebook and Twitter pages) brought another dimension to the event.

    In my job, I deal with top riders on a daily basis, so I tend to forget that they are a big deal to a lot of people.

    But seeing the Ammie Bloggers every day with eyes full of stars, so excited and grateful for the experience, brought another dimension to "my" Rolex. I felt like Santa every single day! Kind of a "fake Santa" though, because I didn't think I was doing all that much for the amount of gratitude I received in return. I was glad to help, in a very small way, bridge some of the gap between "the general public" and the "Rolex stars".

    I knew those private moments and one-on-one course walks with Rolex riders and meetings with grooms, would be special but never, in a million years I thought the bloggers would be so amazing. I was really, really impressed with #1. how much fun they all were #2. how incredibly talented they are.

    The photos and content created by the Amateur Bloggers compared favorably to a lot of the Rolex coverage out there, with a lot more emotion thrown in... There were at least one or two kleenex-worthy reads... So a BIG thank you to Cheryl, Calina, Carrie, Tracy, Jennifer, Sarah, Holly, Kate, Elyse, Becky, Krisy, Lori, Cathy and Aislinn! You made our Rolex really special. (I have a feeling the Ammies will be back....)
     
    Our Amateur Bloggers were featured every day on the Horses in the Morning Radio Shows (big thanks to Glenn and Jamie!) Here are the links to the shows:


    Also, I want to feature some cool fan videos...(not by our Ammies but fun stuff nonetheless.) I love this kind of videos. Not professional in any way, but you can tell there's a lot of time, effort and passion behind each of them.  Enjoy!

    Rolex 2011 from jumpingchicka96

    2011 Rolex Kentucky from eventerbug2

    2011 Rolex Kentucky from PretzellyPony

    Kentucky Part 1 by ridergirl101

    Rolex 2011 from ShoshanaSaysHi

    Friday, May 6, 2011

    Best of Rolex Kentucky: Impressive Stats... with videos

    Hannah Burnett and St-Barths - by Tracy Porter
    In addition to the 7 riders in the top 10 who rode in ECOGOLD Saddle Pads (see our previous blog post with videos of all their rides here), ECOGOLD products were spotted on several 2011 Rolex Kentucky competitors.

    Whether they finished or not, it is an achievement in itself to enter a 4* competition and for us, a great source of pride, seeing our products on so many of those top horses.

    Here are the impressive stats!

    • A total of 19 riders out of 45 entered at Rolex Kentucky rode in an ECOGOLD product during the weekend (42%)
    • 50% who finished (14 riders out of 28) rode in an ECOGOLD product
    • 70% riders in Top Ten rode in ECOGOLD Saddle Pads
    • 2 out of 3 riders with double clear cross-country rounds were ECOGOLD riders (ECOGOLD dominated the double clear rounds with 66.67%- Jessica Phoenix and Hannah Sue Burnett)
    • ECOGOLD products were used by riders from 4 countries: Australia, Canada, USA and the UK
    • All Australian riders and all Canadian riders entered at 2011 Rolex Kentucky rode in ECOGOLD Saddle Pads
    • Only 2 riders finished on her dressage score... Mary King and ECOGOLD-rider Jessica Phoenix

    Without further ado, here are the riders we spotted using some ECOGOLD gear (besides those in the top 10, who we already listed in our previous post).

    Karen O'Connor rode in ECOGOLD's Secure Saddle Pads and XC Boots
    Karen O'Connor and Quintus 54 - by Tracy Porter
    Karen O'Connor and Quintus 54 - Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    Karen O'Connor and Quintus 54 - Dressage 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    An ECOGOLD Secure Saddle Pad was spotted on Kim Severson
    Kim Severson and Tipperary Liadhnan - photo by Tracy Porter

    Phillip Dutton rode in ECOGOLD's Secure Saddle Pads
    Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Eagle - by Jennifer Pavlinich

    Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Eagle - Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky
    they are at 0:38 in this video featuring various riders


    Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Eagle - Show Jumping 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    An ECOGOLD Memory Foam Triple Protection Half Pad was spotted on Michael Pollard
    Michael Pollard and Icarus - by Jennifer Pavlinich
    Michael Pollard and Icarus - Cross-Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky


    Jessica Hampf rode in ECOGOLD's Secure Saddle Pads and XC Boots
    Jessica Hampf and High Society III by Cathy J Allen-Shinn
    Jessica Hampf and High Society - Cross-Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    Peter Barry rode in an ECOGOLD's Secure XC Saddle Pad
    Peter Barry and Kildoran Abbott - by Jennifer Pavlinich
    Peter Barry and Kildoran Abbott - Cross-Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    An ECOGOLD Secure Saddle Pad was spotted on Kelly Prather
    Kelly Prather and Ballinakill Glory
    Kelly Prather and Ballinakill Glory - Cross-Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    Hamish Cargill rode in ECOGOLD's Secure Saddle Pads
    Hamish Cargill and Sandhills Tiger - by Kate Taylor

    Hamish Cargill and Sandhills Tiger - Cross-Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky
    Allison Springer rode in an ECOGOLD's Secure XC Saddle Pad
    Allison Springer and Arthur - by Cathy J Allen-Shinn
    Allison Springer and Arthur - Cross-Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    An ECOGOLD Secure Saddle Pad was spotted on Martha McDowell
    Martha McDowell and Gaelic Marriage - by Kate Taylor
    Martha McDowell and Gaelic Marriage - Cross-Country (not from Rolex!)

    Diana Burnett rode in an ECOGOLD Secure Dressage Saddle Pad and Half Pad
    Diana Burnett and Manny - Dressage at 2011 Rolex - by Calina
    and sorry no pic... but Buck Davidson rode in an ECOGOLD's Secure Dressage Saddle Pad



    Best of Rolex Kentucky: The Saddle Pad Brag... with videos

    We've been a little shell-shocked since the end of Rolex Kentucky. It was a lot of fun but also quite exhausting, with the Ammie Blogger Experience (more about that in another post), the Q&As with top riders, taking care of clients and partners, the trade stand set up/tear down, plus a three-day drive back in the rain... I don't think I've ever been so busy/sleep deprived in my life (outside of university).

    We finally got home on Wednesday and found a nice message from Canadian Rolex photographer Michelle Dunn on my Facebook page: "Was there anyone NOT riding in Ecogold pads at Rolex???!!! OMG they are in every single photo I have, or so it seems..."

    On Sunday before leaving, I received a very nice email from Glenn The Geek from the Horse Radio Network, telling me, among other things, that we should be proud of all the ECOGOLD saddle pads at Rolex. 

    When you are so tired, you are not processing much information, you just want to go home and sleep. But now that we've been home for 24 hrs, let's be proud and brag a little.
    • 7 riders in the top 10 rode in ECOGOLD Saddle pads! 
    I don't quite remember how many we had last year, but we had zero two years ago. So we've come a long way in a very short time. (Virtual High-five!)

    Here are the seven riders in the top ten with videos of their rides in ECOGOLD Saddle Pads (and some using ECOGOLD boots too)...

    3rd - Sinead Halpin 
    photo by: Tracy Porter

    Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville  - Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky


    Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville - Show Jumping 2011 Rolex Kentucky



    4th - 
    William Fox-Pitt 

    photo by: Jennifer Pavlinich

     William Fox-Pitt and Neuf des Coeurs -  Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky



    5th -Clayton Fredericks 
    photo by: Calina

     Clayton Fredericks and Be My Guest - Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    7th - Jessica Phoenix
    photo by: Calina
    Jessica Phoenix and Exponential  - Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    Jessica Phoenix and Exponential  - Show Jumping 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    8th - Hannah Sue Burnett
    photo by: Aislinn Duke
    Hannah Sue Burnett and St-Barths - Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    9th - Boyd Martin
    photo by: Calina
    Boyd Martin and Remington - Cross Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    Boyd Martin and Remington - Dressage 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    10th - Rebecca Howard
    photo by: Tracy Porter
    Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master - Cross-Country 2011 Rolex Kentucky

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Perfect Rolex Hangover Remedy - The Complete Rider Interviews!

    Meg Kepferle with Hamish Cargill
    Another Rolex has come and gone, and you may have missed some of our coverage. One of the highlights was certainly having our riders come to our stand/"studio", for fun and informative in-depth video interviews. The questions were submitted by amateur riders, so they range from riding advice to more personal questions.

    The sessions not only allowed us to get to know the riders better, but we also had a few scoops... like Sinead Halpin's "come to Jesus" moment on Thursday which set her up for ultimate success,  Karen O'Connor's discussing for the first time her plans after David becomes US Team Coach (it involves show jumping...), Diana Burnett's decision to widthdraw Manny and what Phillip Dutton would do if he were "King of Eventing".

    A big Thank You to Meg Kepferle (Sinead Halpin's groom), Doug Payne and our own Amateur Blogger Carrie Braff, for hosting the sessions. And Thank You to our riders for taking the time to come by and being so gracious.

    Here are some interesting conversations (funny at times) with ECOGOLD riders Hannah Burnett, Clayton Fredericks, Karen O'Connor, Hamish Cargill, Boyd Martin, Jessica Phoenix, Jessica Hampf, Rebecca Howard, Phillip Dutton, Peter Atkins, Sinead Halpin and Diana Burnett. Enjoy!

    HANNAH BURNETT - Part 1 and 2

    CLAYTON FREDERICKS

    KAREN O'CONNOR - Part 1 and 2

    HAMISH CARGILL

    BOYD MARTIN

    CANADA's JESSICA PHOENIX, JESSICA HAMPF, REBECCA HOWARD - Part 1 and 2

    PHILLIP DUTTON - Part 1, 2 and 3
     

    PETER ATKINS
     

    SINEAD HALPIN

    DIANA BURNETT

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Jennifer's Rolex Adventure - Goodbye Rolex, Hello Reality

    Well, I’ve been putting off writing this because then it means that Rolex really truly is over and I have to return to the real world full time.  Rolex this year was such an amazing time.  Thank you Ecogold for making this year so great.  I got to meet so many people, finally being able to see and talk to Patricia in person after conversing with her for weeks on facebook.  Meeting my fellow ammie bloggers, you guys are great and I’m looking forward to keeping up on your adventures throughout the year.  The people I met randomly out on course or in the grandstands.  I didn’t catch you name, but thank you to the very nice gentleman at the sunken road on cross country who let me sneak into the media only section with him.  I got some great photos of Hannah because of that.  The super nice Nan from eventingday.com, she was so interesting to talk to.  And I can’t wait to try the Flair strips on my horse; I’ll let you know how it works for her.   All the riders who took time out of their very busy weekend for us.  Emma Ford, who was probably busier than anyone keeping Phillip’s horses looking and feeling their best, thank you for taking a few minutes to talk to us.  Every single one of you made this weekend special for me. 

    It was also the best learning experience for me.  And not just the obvious things like how to ride that combination or such.  But learning about true horsemanship.  Diana Burnett, making the decision to withdraw Manny when he didn’t feel quite right.  That had to be such a difficult thing to do after working so hard to get there.  But it was the right thing to do for Manny and I applaud her for that.  The poise and confidence of Mary King.  Going into show jumping sitting in both 1st and 2nd place had to have been nerve-wracking for her.  She didn’t let it show though.  She looked cool as could be. 

    And Sinead Halpin, she is my new hero after this weekend.  I want to be her!  Something she said during her Q&A Sunday morning has really stuck with me.  She was talking about getting to the horse park and during the first part of the week she was pushing Tate to get to the next level, for everything to be perfect.  And Tate wasn’t too happy with that.  But then on Thursday she had the chance to take him to the ring and she said everyone else was practicing the movements but she was just riding around (in her own words) like a 12 year old girl.  Telling Tate, “Just be happy.  I want you to be happy.”  That’s what I want to strive for.  I find myself doing that so often when I get in the dressage ring.  I focus so much on wanting everything to be perfect, that I forget we have a much better ride when we are just relaxed and happy.  That’s going to be my new mantra when I go to shows: Just be happy. 

    As great as it was to see Mary make history at Rolex, I think the highlight of the weekend for me was watching Sinead after her double clear show jumping round.  As she and Tate canter around the ring, Sinead trying not to cry, I found myself wiping tears away.  It was getting a little hard to hold the camera steady.  She has worked so hard to get here and it paid off in a big way.  To finish in 3rd place in her first 4*, that’s just amazing.  It’s the stuff of dreams.  To be standing in the company of Mary King and William Fox-Pitt and knowing that you deserve to be there, it had to have been such an incredible feeling.  I was proud to have been there to witness it.  And feel, just the tiniest bit, a part of it.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Sinead, I’m sure it’s going to be great.

    Sinead Halpin wiping off the tears
    Once again thank you to Patricia and Ecogold.  It was an unforgettable experience for me.  And I hope we can do something like this again next year.  Only I’ll make sure I get a hotel with better internet access.  Tracy, we’ll have to work on that together.  Congratulations to everyone who competed.  You all are an inspiration to me.  Now it’s time for my show season to start and I’ve got a lot to live up to.

    A victorious Mary King

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Carrie's Rolex Experience - What It's All About...

    Really, what IS Rolex all about?

    Is it about coming away with the coveted Rolex watch mid way through Sunday afternoon?  Is it about finishing on your dressage score?  Is it about having a completion?  Is it about making the right decision(s) for your horse and putting his welfare before any pipe dreams that you have?  Putting it into perspective, I think every rider over the Rolex Weekend would answer that question differently. 

    I think about Mary King.  Did she go into it thinking she was going to finish 1-2?  I would bet probably not.  But she did.  She is incredible...the smile on her face was contagious. 

    I think about Peter Barry.  He and his horse Kilrodan Abbot are a pair I have been rooting for for over a year.  They are the true definition of  'Adult Amateur'.  At 54 years young, Mr. Barry just completed his first 4*.  While I do not know Peter from a hole in the ground, I could not be more happy for him.  He is probably on Cloud 9...and he has every right to feel that way. Way to go Peter!!  I want to be you....badly.

    I think about Clayton Fredericks' mount 'Be My Guest'...that pair was instantly one of my favourites when they started warming up in dressage...big floppy ears and all. (The horse's ears, not Clayton's.)  I mean, how could you NOT love a horse with big floppy donkey ears?!

    I think about Jessica Phoenix - (who not only is a genuinely lovely individual), who had nothing but praise for Exponential after their brilliant xc round.  Not to mention her evident emotion when she literally flung her arms around his neck after their show jumping round on Sunday.  That gave me goosebumps.

    I think about Diana Burnett - who has a machine of an xc horse, but who chose to withdraw before xc because something 'wasn't quite right with him'.  That made me respect her.  A lot.  You bet your ass I'll be cheering for them at Burghley from across the pond. 

    I think about the man I was standing beside on Friday morning watching Susan Beebee's test on Prowler.  He was giving the play by play to whomever he was speaking to on the other end of his iPhone and the excitement he had in his voice as they cantered down the centre line for the 2nd time.  I felt his excitement!
    
    Sinead and Tate over the Hammock
    
    I think about Sinead Halpin and her weekend of a lifetime.  I could only imagine getting so close to coming to Rolex in 2010, having it go 'poof'' right in front of your eyes, then coming the year after..and finishing 3rd at your first 4*.  The emotion was evident after her clear SJ round as she covered her face to attempt and stop the tears.  I don't think it worked.  The crowd roared...and I am sure that didn't help her any either.  I think she had the biggest cheer...more then anyone else.  We were sitting in the South grandstand - and I think each and every person rode each and every stride of that SJ course with her.  I love it when the riders cry.  Sinead - you just allowed a lot of little girls out there to live out their dreams through you with the weekend you had.  Congratulations and I am so so so happy for you. 
    
    I think about my goals as a rider.  Yes, I think the riders at that level are absolutely bonkers...That trakehner is the scariest thing I have ever seen...that said, it makes me want to achieve that level.  Badly.  Standing in front of that trakehner, I pictured myself galloping up to it, clearing it and then taking off for the next fence.  I now have absolutely zero reason to stand in front of any other xc jump on any of the xc courses I walk from now on and think to myself  'wow, that is BIG'...until we get to Rolex of course. 

    I think about all the little girls and boys who got to meet their eventing idols (and yes, I include myself in that 'little girl' category when I met Peter Atkins), get an autograph and get a word in to their heros. 

    I think about the majority of the people who I met in Kentucky - the riders, Patricia, Glenn the Geek and Jennifer from HRN, Bobbi the jump judge from Cincinnati who has been jump judging at Rolex since 1978, people from all over the World (I met someone from Germany on Saturday afternoon), the other ammie bloggers, the vendors in the trade fair who are all so passionate about their products, the volunteers...I have nothing to say but 'wow'...and thank you for all that you do, etc etc etc. So, whether it be your goal to win Rolex, ride at Rolex, better yourself as a rider because of Rolex, be part of the support crew for those riders at Rolex or be a part of the cheering crowd on Saturday...we all come together from very different walks of life for one very same common reason: we love the horses and the evident joy they bring to those around them.  To me, THAT, is what Rolex is all about.

    Thank you Patricia and Ecogold for giving me a Rolex experience like no other and which will be hard to duplicate.  It was an incredible 3 days and I can't WAIT to get to the Horse Park again in 2012.