Three US riders taking part in this week’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event took time out from their preparations to visit patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Bruce “Buck” Davidson, Jr, Clark Montgomery and Michael Pollard stopped by the hospital to visit with young patients. The trio signed autographs, posed for pictures and took time to speak with the youngsters, asking if they ride, have pets or plan to come watch next year’s “Rolex Kentucky” event. Davidson also brought his Pan Am Gold Medal for the children to wear, and there were “Rolex Kentucky” posters and pins to go around.
“It was a very moving experience,” said Davidson, who, along with Pollard, won a team Gold Medal at last year’s Pan American Games while also adding the individual bronze.
“Seeing these children reminded all of us just how fortunate we are. It really was a privilege to be able to spend some time with them.”
The visit was organized jointly by the Professional Riders Organization (PRO) and Equestrian Events, Inc., organizer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup which runs alongside “Rolex Kentucky.”
“The children all had great attitudes and very positive outlooks,” said Montgomery. “I hope they enjoyed our visit.”
Pollard said: “The visit was very worthwhile. I hope it is something that we can do again next year.”
Dressage at the event starts on Thursday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and the competition runs until Sunday.