Lexington, KY - At promptly two o'clock on a cool May day in Lexington, the first official happening at the inaugural Split Rock Jumping Tour was underway, the FEI Horse Inspection. Forty-eight horses representing thirteen countries jogged in The Limestone Jumping Arena to kick off the anticipated event.
The Split Rock staff was dressed in innovative attire, including stylish SRJT jackets. If participants needed a ride other than on a horse, shuttles and bikes were available for transportation. With bike racks placed throughout the facility, anyone is welcome to use a bike and then leave it at a rack for the next rider.
A few hours later, the FEI competitors attended a meeting and reception in the VIP tent, where they were treated to a bevy of goodies. Upon entry, there is a plethora of glass containers filled with tempting treats from mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to Ring Pops. Each rider also received a Split Rock gift bag, a welcome speech and the first of many catered events closed the first evening of The Lexington International.
The three-day show jumping schedule begins tomorrow with afternoon and evening highlight events on The Rock Jumping Field, including the Brook Ledge High Junior/Amateur Class, the UltrOZ™ Low Junior/Amateur Class and at five o'clock the $40,000 Hollow Creek Farm CSI 3* Grand Prix.
In addition to watching horses and riders compete in a world-class show jumping event, spectators can 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 and cash giveaways.
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 both horse shows.