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August 24, 2011

Captain's Log, Star Date 8/24

Captain’s blog, star date 8/24, the year 2011…

No, I'm not a Star Trek fan—just always find that amusing.  

Well I finally got on a plane 10 days ago after leaving my dogs at the farm with fresh bones and a tear in my eye. I arrived at the Raleigh, N.C., airport with enough time to self check-in, which for me never saves time as I always seem to need assistance, then to get some food and wait to board. Oh, and did I mention get my toenails painted also? It’s essential.

August 12, 2011

A Quick Trip Home To Play Mom To The Working Students

I just flew back to England after having been home for just over three weeks, and when I was in North Carolina, I had to echo the obvious and most common post on Facebook, “Man it’s hot here!!!” Unlike most folks on Facebook, however, I refrained from taking a photo of my car’s thermometer.

July 28, 2011

Catching Up—It's Been A Whirlwind!

Where to begin? I haven’t written in far too long, so I’ll try to catch you all up with our exploits across the pond…..

I guess I last left off with show jumping to go at Luhmuhlen—oops! Let’s give a brief summary since then…

• Missie jumped great at Luhmuhlen and finished on her dressage score. Not too shabby to finish a three-star on a 47. Pity the others did better and that only got us 11th place.

June 22, 2011

All About Luhmuhlen

Well as I thought might happen, I got a little busy, a little exhausted, and searching for internet in Europe is not as easy as it is in the States! Sorry for the delay in writing, but here’s the Luhmuhlen report…

Saturday morning came as early as it always does. Missie’s time was 9:57, so that meant breakfast being served four hours prior and no hay, much to her disappointment.

June 17, 2011

Nat Varcoe-Cocks Still Hasn't Packed For Cross-Country Day

Another day of dressage, and it was a good one. It started off with Jennie’s dressage. Given that just before they rang the bell for her to enter, a billboard and half the dressage arena blew down, I thought Jennie was amazing. She is a true showman/woman. Ping was quite lit up starting his test but managed to control himself, and Jennie looked almost to be smiling as she went into canter. She and Ping are in 17th after the dressage.

June 16, 2011

Missie Starts Things Off On Four Great Feet

The jog was yesterday and started at 5 p.m., so at around 2, I decided that I would start braiding. I did Ernie first, and the decision to pull his mane just a couple of days ago was a really good one for when he was just being ridden, but for braiding not so much!

June 16, 2011

Ready To Take On... Germany

Please excuse the gap in blogging—once we moved to the showgrounds, it took a while to find an internet connection. But here’s the update…

June 12, 2011

The Calm Before The Storm—Cowboys And Coffee

Breakfast isn’t served till 8 a.m. because it’s Saturday!

I got up this morning and sat outside the breakfast area of the hotel, waiting for them to open the doors, only to realize—when the other girls came down the stairs and asked why I didn’t have coffee yet—that the kitchen wouldn’t open till 8 a.m. Aaaaaaagh.

June 10, 2011

Nat Speaks The International Language Of Stall Mucking

Do you speak English???

This seems to be the starting point of any conversation here in Germany.

Well, apart from being harassed yesterday morning by the hotel manager regarding the size of my massive coffee mug (I don’t go anywhere without it) all is good. I had to defend myself against the giant-sized manager after he was unimpressed that I had filled the entire contents of one of their coffee pots into my mug.

June 9, 2011

We've Arrived, And A Blog War Has Been Declared

Well after a brief 24 hours, door-to-door, we made it!

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