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April 25, 2013

It Was A Good Day To Be An American In Gothenburg

Reed Kessler and Cylana had a speedy round with just a rail to put them 13th after Day 1. Photo by Mollie Bailey

Today was a very very long day! We rode early in the morning in the main ring at 7:30—this was the only time we could ride and the class didn't go until 6:30 at night!

After I finished riding both horses I went to spend the day with my parents. My Dad just arrived after a very long journey from the States. We walked around and found a fun cafe for lunch. I really like this city and have enjoyed some of the free days just to walk around and explore.

Finally it was time for the World Cup Final to begin. Poor Steve Guerdat who finished second last year drew first! All the Americans were great. I was very fast and unfortunately had the last vertical down! Charlie Jayne did also—we both would have finished around third but in the end I finished 13th.

There are still many many rounds to go so it is an OK place to start! Beezie Madden was incredible and not only won the World Cup speed with Simon, she also finished second in the three-star 1.50-meter class that was scheduled after it. Goose [Ligist] was feeling better than yesterday but still not quite himself in the 1.50-meter—hopefully a day off tomorrow and we will see how he is for Saturday.

Beezie was second on Cortes and Ashlee Bond and Kent Farrington were clear as well. A good day for the Americans and hopefully the luck will continue on!! Sorry to be so brief but I'm exhausted! The 1.50-meter JUST ended at midnight!!! I can't stay up this late I'm an old woman....

Read all of Reed's blogs from Gothenburg!

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