Rolex Riders Pay a Visit to Kentucky Children's Hospital

Apr 23, 2013

LEXINGTON,KY--Patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital received special visitors this afternoon.

Riders competing in the Rolex Three-Day Event visited several sick children ranging in ages from 2-13. Rolex Executive Director Lee Carter says the annual event is a chance for Rolex to give back to the community.  

"It’s a special opportunity for us to show care and affection, which is important, and to support them as they are going through their ordeals."

The group consisted of Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, and Hawley Bennett, previous competitors in the 2012 London Olympics, as well as Lyndsey Jordan of Georgetown, the two-time National Reining Horse World Champion. Martin, who is visiting the hospital for the first time, said the experience was quite humbling. 

“It sort of brings you down to Earth a little bit and I think it’s also good that these kids know the people are thinking of them out there.”

The riders provided the children with autographed posters and caps, and wished them the best of luck in their recovery.  All will compete this weekend in the Rolex Three-Day Event or Kentucky Reining Cup at the Kentucky Horse Park.