Lexington, KY -- The Split Rock Jumping Tour is installing new footing in The Rock Jumping Arena which will be completed in time for this fall's horse show, The Bourbon International CSI 3*, October 9-11, at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, KY, "the Horse Capital of the World."The Split Rock Jumping Tour debuted in May with The Lexington International CSI 3* and succeeded in creating an "unparalleled show jumping experience" for riders, owners, sponsors and spectators. Split Rock's new concept was very well received and garnered rave reviews, but Split Rock Founder and President, Derek Braun, saw that there was one area that required an adjustment.
"Our vision had been to hold our featured classes in a grass Grand Prix field," explained Braun. "And when conditions are right, nothing is better. However, it is sometimes difficult to get a grass field just right and it became obvious to all of us that our footing was less than perfect. Given that every other detail at our debut show was unparalleled, we made the decision to install new footing that riders could count on being world-class as well."
Installing the new footing is Equestrian Services International (ESI), which has installed footing at some of the nation's leading horse shows including the Devon Horse Show, Hampton Classic, Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Lake Placid Horse Shows and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. ESI has also provided footing for many leading international horse shows in Europe, South America and Asia including World Cup Finals in Leipzig and Dusseldorf, Germany and the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. "ESI has a proven track record in installing world-class footing that is the absolute best there is," said Braun. "ESI president Brett Raflowitz and I are working on a special footing that will be truly unique and ideally suited for our specific arena at Split Rock.
"Our mission at the Split Rock Jumping Tour is to provide riders with an unparalleled experience that is 100% worry free," Braun continued. "From providing staff to help them unload when they arrive, to check-in right at the stables, we cater to riders' every need. Our new footing will be second to none and I look forward to unveiling it at our next event in October."
In addition to the chance to see many of the sport's top horses and riders competing in world-class show jumping competition, spectators will also have the chance to enjoy a variety of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Festival, a Beer and Wine Garden with live music, as well as free raffles!
The Split Rock Jumping Tour has partnered with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages will go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock will also provide staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend. For more information please visit: https://ukmarkey.org.