So this post is not going to be what I had hoped… but shenanigans did ensue, as predicted!
Maid of Honor, N, and I left for Kentucky late Friday night after her final. We grabbed some Wendy’s, I fed N cheesy fries while she drove and we chatted. We got about an hour into the drive when I realized I left all the Rolex tickets at home. So we turned around, picked them up and finally rolled in Lexington at 2:30 a.m.
This should have been a sign… but hindsight is 20/20. We woke up late on Saturday and didn’t get into the Kentucky Horse Park until 10:30 a.m. We watched a few horses go through the water complex near the end of the cross country course, and then proceeded directly to shopping. We had a blast going through all the tents, including snapping pics of horrendous color choices… like this pink and black Devoucoux saddle… which we may or may not have sent pictures of to our trainer, proclaiming we bought it for one of her juniors!
Anyways, we visited ALL THE BOOTHS. And promptly bought ALL THE THINGS. We met Hillary of Equestrian at Hart and Kristen from Stampy and the Brain, who led us to the coveted Ogilvy booth. There weren’t many half pads left, but I found a gorgeous navy jumper pad to school in, and was quite pleased with myself.
And then my phone stopped working. Literally, just stopped. No service, no phone calls, no texts. My best guess is everyone was jamming my cell phone waves (is that even a thing?) Needless to say I missed about a bazillion texts from Jess at Riding Rainbow… to whom I am forever sorry! Love you girl.
N and I also got matching Rolex 3 Day Event saddle pads, embroidered with “Bachelorette 2014” and a few other random goodies… like Likits… lots and lots of Likits. Anyways, N also needed new stirrups leathers, so we went in search of those as well. She ended up buying a pair at Prestige. Well, actually, this is where shenanigan #2 occurred. N tried to purchase the leathers, but we’d spent so much damn money her credit card got flagged for fraud. Oops! A quick call to Chase and all was well, but it was pretty funny!
After shopping, we stopped in the stadium to eat some lunch, and watched a few horses go through the cross country course on the jumbotron. We got sunburned, and were still tired from the night before, so we headed back to the hotel for some quick R&R before dinner.
One of the girls we ride with back home actually attends the University of Kentucky, so she drove us to dinner; a nice little BBQ place. We had pulled chicken sandwiches, cheese grits and collard greens. After dinner, we went to a Mexican bar and had tons of laughs over a few margaritas.
We had a blast chatting, and of course made friends with our waitress and a bus boy. All in all, it was a perfect bachelorette evening. We called it a (fairly) early night around 11 p.m.
At 4 a.m. I woke up with a very, very angry stomach. And it never went away. I was so sick we never even made it to Rolex on Sunday… we drove home stopping almost every 20 minutes so I could… empty my stomach on the side of the highway. By the time we got home in the early afternoon, I was so dehydrated I almost passed out.
Sam took me to the urgent care, where I stayed for a few hours getting checked out and some IV fluids. And then I slept for 20 hours straight. So… yeah. Not exactly the best ending, but I did have a blast on Saturday and I’m already planning to return next year… but I definitely won’t be going back to that barbecue place!