As added incentive to show
your creativity, the winner of
the tailgating contest at Rolex
each year wins a free space for
the following year—so it can be
worth it to haul in extra stu; in
an e;ort to win.
Some themes can get
extremely elaborate. In 2015,
a pirate theme, complete with
boat, won the competition. It’s
more important to make sure
your theme is something in
which everyone in your group can
For example, a Wild, Wild West
theme is easy to pull o;, and you
probably already have most of
what you need—a plaid shirt and
a bandana, and viola! You’re ready
to tailgate, theme and all.
Like Herding Cats
There tends to be a primary
person who winds up in charge of
the tailgate group. If this happens
to be you, get organized ahead of
time so you can really enjoy your
About a month out, begin
planning a food menu. One of
the fun things about tailgating
at Rolex is that, although only
six general admission tickets are
included with your tailgate spot,
there is no limit to the number
of people who can attend your
tailgate. So invite all your friends
who are going to Rolex!
It might seem like less hassle
to have one person provide all the
food, but it can get expensive. With
a potluck tailgate, you can get some
unusual dishes and cut costs. It
can also be fun to incorporate your
theme into the food and drink.
Your Wild, Wild West tailgate meal
might include chili, chips and salsa,
and roasted corn on the cob.
As only one vehicle can get in
to the tailgate spot, be sure that
some tailgaters are prepared to
walk to your spot—food, chairs
and tents can fill a vehicle to
capacity very quickly. Set a
rendezvous point beforehand
(like a hotel or gas station) to
load the heaviest items (think
cooler and grills) into the
There is nothing quite
like a good tailgate with great
friends while watching the best
competitors in the world. Give it
a try—it’s a new perspective on
watching a horse show.
Learn more about the Land
Rover Tailgate at the Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event at
www.rk3de.org/ land-rover-tailgating HI
Based in Lexington, Ky., there are few
things SARAH COLEMAN loves more
than a good tailgate, except for a good
gallop on a red horse.
Prepare food the night before
and carry anything heavy into the
park with the tailgating truck.
Once you’re in your spot,
you’re there for the day, so
come prepared. Here are
some additional tips:
Never underestimate the
traffic into the Kentucky Horse
Park on cross-country day.
Allow yourself plenty of time
( 45 minutes to an hour) to get
through the gate and to your
Bring enough food to last the
entire day. Breakfast foods and
snack items will be welcome,
as your day starts early.
Weather in Kentucky in late
April can mean scorching
heat or cold, heavy rain. Be
prepared by looking at the
Prep meat ahead of time so
you can have clean hands and
a relaxing time at the tailgate.
Slice veggies, cheese, et
cetera, the night before.
Bring plenty of ice. Keeping
cold foods cold is essential to