Greetings everyone from sunny Southern California! The competition really started today with the jog for the Galway Downs CCI***. All the horses were truly in good form, as they all passed the first hurdle in a long weekend.
The weather has been fairly unreal except for a fair bit of Santa Ana wind. It's been pretty neat to be back home for the first ever CCI*** on the West Coast, and I would lying if I said I'm not loving being here. Nina Gardner flew in last night, and she is very excited about the weekend as well.
We ended the evening with the Calcutta party in which the three-star riders were grouped in teams and auctioned off for betting to the highest bidder. Alexandra Slusher, Imtiaz Anees and I were all on the same team, and it was pretty awesome because we had a lot of people betting on us! Ultimately Nina Gardner won our team in a battle between her and Galway Downs' brand new owners.
Kelley Merette, Nick Cwick and I are all getting sleepy here at Hawley Bennett's house. She is putting up a whole lot of people this weekend so a big thank you to her for that! I'll check in tomorrow!
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Thank you for reading,