Equine Scholars got a behind-the-scenes peek at the new 2012 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event cross-country fences on a beautiful afternoon in the Bluegrass. Held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Mick took us around to some of the new fences (which are awesome!) and explained new procedures put in place in the last few years to keep horses and riders safe (think frangible pins, one fall, etc.). Mick has been a dear friend to the Equine Scholars Program for many years.

Mick Costello grew up in a horsey family in Anaheim, Calif., where he eventually built courses at places like Pebble Beach (eventing was huge there the 1960s and 70s). He has travelled extensively; having built the Radnor Three-Day in 1986 and 1987, as well as from 1991 to 2001. He built courses at Fair Hill from 1989-1993 and has built for the Rolex Three-Day Event from the fall of 1998 to present day. Mick also designed the Alltech 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games cross-country course (as well as the marathon course).