2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 112
Q&A: GROOM LEE M c KEEVER
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Q&A with Groom Lee McKeever
Lee McKeever has been a professional groom and barn
manager at Castle Hill with rider McLain Ward, for nearly
30 years. He has travelled the world with his horses,
attending four Olympic Games and numerous other
championships. We were lucky enough to catch up with
him in between shows to ask him a few questions.
Your horses travel for about 24 hours to get to
Wellington, Florida. What do you do to keep
them comfortable while they're travelling?
I try to make sure they don't get too hot or too cold.
I make sure they have fresh water, and not too much
hay. I think sometimes if they ship with too much hay,
you end up with more problems because they've just
stood there munching for the whole 24 hours.
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL
What is your favorite part about being at WEF for
The weather for sure, and the competitions. I also
enjoy everybody being together [in one place] for
such a long time.
What does a typical show day at WEF look like
We normally start around 5:30 a.m. with mucking
out and getting everything organized for the day.
Then, we ride the horses before they show, and then
we're showing all day. We typically have 12 or 13 horses
showing every day. The day will usually go until 6:30 or
7:00 p.m. at night.