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Blogs - Reed Kessler

April 28, 2013

It Was Huge! And Beezie Won!

What an amazing day!!! We started early again—I rode in the ring at 7:15. Cylana felt super, just as good as day 1! Goose is also feeling much better after a few easy days.

After I rode I hit the gym to prepare for the Final! We walked at 1:00 and it was HUGE! All the riders agreed it was the biggest course they had ever seen indoors and besides the Spruce Meadows Masters, one of the hardest they'd ever done. There were no clean in the first round.

April 28, 2013

Today, We Climb

Sorry I'm a bit late with my blog—I was so tired when I got home last night I went straight to bed! It was a very early morning yesterday. The U.S. horses had a practice jog at 6:30 and everyone looked great.

The second horse inspection was at 7:30 and I think everyone went through easily. After I rode Cylana, I headed over to my parents' hotel—the breakfast there is so good! Most importantly, it was my Dad's birthday yesterday!!!

April 27, 2013

Top 10 So Far In My First World Cup Final!

Friday was another good day in Gothenburg! We got a chance to sleep in a bit after several early mornings. I had breakfast with my parents, and we all watched the movie The Terminal at their hotel.

I rode both horses around noon—Cylana was very relaxed and felt ready for today. Then I went straight to the gym for a good workout. After I finished I went to lunch with my parents, the Bond family and Kaylen Spooner. Around 4:30 I headed back to the show.  

April 25, 2013

It Was A Good Day To Be An American In Gothenburg

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.

April 24, 2013

Now We Know When We Go!

We started early this morning to ride the horses in the ring at 7:30. After flatting both horses, I headed straight to the gym around the corner where Sage Clarke, Charlie Jayne, and Saer Coulter also joined me to work out.

After some good exercise I headed back just to change and return to the show for the 1.45-meter power and speed class. Goose (Ligist) felt a bit tired and didn't jump like himself really—it was a very long trip up here so hopefully a good night's rest and he will feel better tomorrow.

April 24, 2013

Things Are Getting Going At The World Cup Final

Today we finally started to get down to work instead of being tourists!

April 22, 2013

Look Out Sweden, Reed Kessler Has Arrived In Gothenburg!

Hi everybody, it is a pleasure to be the guest blogger for the Chronicle this week here in Gothenburg, Sweden, for the Rolex FEI World Cup Final!

I came over here on April 7, spent a few days in Chantilly, then headed into Paris for the Saut Hermes. I took Ligist (Goose) and Cylana to Paris. The show was spectacular—the pinnacle of a European five-star. It is an amazing city, an incredible venue, great sport, great prize money, great crowd, etc.